Tomb Raider Series Original and Rebooted Timelines to Be Unified in the Next Entry
Crystal Dynamics has already started working on a new Tomb Raider title and accordingly it's supposed to unify the rebooted and original timelines.
In a new video shared by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, the developers behind the game celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Tomb Raider series by revisiting the old installments of the game, and giving away some small information about the next entry of the franchise.
As you may already know, Crystal Dynamics started a rebooted trilogy for Tomb Raider in 2013 that includes Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, all shaping up Lara Croft‘s personal war against a dangerous military group called Trinity. After Rise of the Tomb Raider, a major part of the team at Crystal Dynamics shift their focus into the studio’s latest title Marvel’s Avengers, with Eidos Montreal taking the helm for the development of Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
We're celebrating 25 Years of Tomb Raider throughout 2021, with community features, nostalgic content, and surprises along the way! pic.twitter.com/cOmsfVj8jr
— Tomb Raider (@tombraider) January 27, 2021
That being said, Crystal Dynamics will be back in charge for the next Tomb Raider entry and in the celebration video, we got a slight piece of information about this new project. According to the director of Tomb Raider, Will Kerslake, they are working to unify the timelines for the original games of the franchise and the rebooted trilogy. He said:
We envision the future of Tomb Raider unfolding after [the rebooted trilogy], telling stories that build upon both the breadth of Core Design and Crystal Dynamics’ games, looking to unify these timelines. With Tomb Raider’s extensive history, this is not an easy task, and we ask for patience as we go through the process.
Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel’s Avengers wasn’t a successful hit for Square Enix as the game couldn’t even recoup its production costs months after launch. So, it would probably make sense for the studio to get back to the Tomb Raider series once again and forget about a sequel to the Marvel’s Avengers project, at least for a while.