Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Trailer Shows Off “The Definitive Lara”

HD collections have come a dime a dozen in the last few years of this generation, and more seem to be coming our way as upscaled versions of games take the leap from last-gen to current gen to release on all platforms available. While some of these can be poorly executed, rushed projects, some seek to really push the bounds on what “next-gen” — now current gen — really means. Enter Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix’s Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

The newest trailer, “The Definitive Lara,” features executive producer Scot Amos walking fans through “Next-Gen Lara,” who has received more than just a handful of superficial touch-ups. Lara herself has received a full model upgrade, with her head re-typologized to show off higher resolution and more details through increased density, her hair given added Tress FX to act more realistically, sub-surface scattering used to give her skin a more realistic look, and drip maps used to enhance dramatic moments in the game.

The game itself has also been given an overhaul, with updates to the dynamic effects and materials used, and all of Lara’s weapons given physics simulation to let them swing naturally from her body and be used more realistically. All of this is to enhance the emotion felt in the game, to increase the desperation, grief and pain players feel when Lara has to survive the trials set before her. And by the looks of it, it works.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is being developed by Crystal Dynamics alongside United Front Games and Nixxes, and will be published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 28th, 2014. For more on Lara Croft and the franchise, check out all of our Tomb Raider news.

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  • I’m so glad that I waited on this one. ARROW PHYSICS FTW.

    • Masoud House

      Same here.


      But seriously, very, very awesome.

    • Anime10121

      I wish I’d waited, and had I known that theyd release an hd remaster of an already HD game, I would have 🙁

      Though the game WAS fun, so at the least, I dont feel like I wasted my money… but dat new gen Lara…

  • Al_Zamora

    Ponytail physics. Not sure that is enough for me to play it again but looks cool

  • Opt1kon

    I never got a chance to play this game, i might pick it up or wait till it goes on sale

  • Chillbrah

    This game was probably meant to be on the Xbone as lead console. That’s why we are getting this uprezzed 3ofps crapfest.

    Live and learn when you bet on a loser, developers. Always bet on Sony.

  • megablast16

    It looks great, but it always did. Some brand new content would have been nice, or at least a 60fps frame rate.

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  • islan

    Now if only someone would show off the definitive me…


  • Not A PC Gamer

    Who cares.. I was going to get this for PS3 but I hate the controller so I’ll be picking this up for PS4 for sure. Now if only Rockstar can just come out and tell us that they are releasing GTA5 on PS4 and I’ll be happy… because again, I don’t like the DS3 for 3rd or 1st person shooters.