Fans of the Tomb Raider reboot will have to wait a little while longer, as it has been confirmed that the game will miss its highly anticipated Fall 2012 launch window. Instead, it will be releasing within the first quarter of 2013. Darrell Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics, released this statement on the developer’s forum:
“When Crystal Dynamics first set out to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, there were two goals that we were extremely passionate about. The first was to create a modern Tomb Raider game that would surprise and excite gamers. The second was to make this the best game of our careers, something we would be really proud to be a part of. We truly believe that we have something very special on our hands and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game’s release date by a few months, from Fall 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. We believe this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can’t wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.”
The statement is reminiscent of Ken Levine’s letter to the fans confirming the delay of BioShock Infinite just last week. Meagan Marie, community manager at Crystal Dynamics, also added that the delay will allow fans to hold an, “exceptional experience in [their] hands come launch day.” In order to stave off a bloodbath, the following screenshot was released as a hint to what will be shown at E3 next month.
Tomb Raider franchise’s ninth installment and a complete reboot of the protagonist, Lara Croft. The game will be published by Square Enix and is being developed for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.