Tomb Raider: Game Delay Announced
When development studio Crystal Dynamics announced that Tomb Raider will be getting a reboot, a lot of video game bloggers and industry observers took notice. To add more heft to the reboot announcement, Crystal Dynamics also dropped some video and art on what fans of the long-running action-adventure game series can look forward to.
Many fans were impressed at the developer’s decision to make the title grittier. Think of it as similar to Batman’s makeover from a campy and hokey cartoon character to a brooding, dark, and soul searching figure. That’s the side of Lara Croft fans got to see with Crystal Dynamics’ trailer releases and art reveals. Naturally, a lot of anticipation and buzz built up for what the world of Lara Croft will look like rebooted. Unfortunately, those fans who got their hopes up will have to wait a little longer. Many were hoping that Crystal Dynamics will launch a big presentation about Tomb Raider this coming E3. The development studio has an announcement alright, but it is one many fans probably would rather not hear. Unfortunately, according to studio head Darrell Gallagher, the rebooted Tomb Raider will be delayed. The title will not drop until sometime in the first three months of 2013.
Given the stakes involved, the series is going through a reboot phase with a whole new look and experience, it is probably wise for Crystal Dynamics to delay the title rather than pushing through and producing a title that falls flat on its face. How bad can it get? We’re talking about buggy and passionless tripe that is sure to erode the long-standing Tomb Raider brand. Sure, this series is not of the same exalted caliber as BioShock – Infinite but the same considerations apply. In the game industry, you often only have one chance to make a good first impression. Don’t mess it up by rushing a product to market.