Crystal Dynamics has been planning a new Tomb Raider game for a while now. Back in 2021, the studio stated it wanted to merge more elements of classic Tomb Raider into its next game and by the end of last year, it was announced that Amazon has signed on to publish the new game. Now, it seems the next Lara Croft adventure will be officially announced this year.
In an exputer report claiming that Crystal Dynamics would scrap future development for Marvel's Avengers, it was also claimed that the studio is gearing up to announce the next Tomb Raider game later this year. With Avengers out of the way, Crystal Dynamics' will shift resources to focus on finishing up the next Tomb Raider game. Aside from Tomb Raider, the studio is also thinking about reviving the Legacy of Kain IP, following on from fan demand in a survey in late 2022.
This report has already been proven partially accurate, as shortly after going live, Crystal Dynamics did indeed announce plans to wind down development on its Avengers game, scrapping plans for all future content. From Q3 onwards, the game will no longer receive updates, although anyone who owns the game will continue to be able to play.
Given that this portion of the report was accurate, it lends some validity to the idea that the next Tomb Raider game will be announced this year. Whether or not this will be a full reveal or a logo announcement with the goal of recruiting developers to work on the project, still remains to be seen. As always, game development is dynamic and timelines often shift around, so even with this seemingly trustworthy information in hand, plans can change.
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KitGuru Says: Crystal Dynamics is a very busy studio at the moment, with its own projects in the works alongside co-development duties on Xbox's upcoming Perfect Dark reboot. Do you think the next Tomb Raider game will be a success? What areas do you think need to be improved on over the previous reboot trilogy games?