E3 Countdown: Shadow of the Tomb Raider

In the lead-up to E3, we’re counting down with our most anticipated titles. You can find out when all the press conferences are taking place in Australian/NZ times HERE.


Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix are promising a pretty climactic finale to Lara Croft’s character arc when it began all the way back in 2013. The game will draw from Mayan and Aztec mythology this time around, providing a new locale for Lara to scavenge and hopefully heaps of tombs to raid too.

WHEN WAS IT ANNOUNCED?

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was one of the worst kept secrets in gaming for quite some time. First spotted on a passenger’s laptop on a train in Montreal in October 2016, the game was confirmed to exist in December 2017 – though not even a name was confirmed. Square Enix officially revealed the game, including it’s name and a short teaser, on March 15th 2018; those details and even the teaser leaked beforehand too, however. 

WHERE WILL WE SEE IT?

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of Square Enix Europe’s major flagship titles, so expect to see a huge gameplay blowout at the Square Enix E3 Showcase for 2018.

WHEN WILL IT RELEASE?

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is expected to release on September 14, 2018. It’d be a surprise if it were to slip further into the year, so this date will probably stick.

WHAT DO WE WANT TO SEE? 

The reveal and the eventual confirmation of Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s existence has been muddy at best, with no proper gameplay footage being shown to the public and lukewarm impressions from behind closed door preview events. This is the first time Eidos Montreal have worked on a Tomb Raider game as the lead developer, so it has to be proven that they’ve got the same development chops as their predecessor, Crystal Dynamics.So while it might be important to show off some gameplay of Shadow of the Tomb Raider to the general public, it’s probably also important to show off what makes this game so different from the previous two. Rise of the Tomb Raider was phenomenal but some criticised it for being too similar to the original 2013 game. Will Shadow of the Tomb Raider prov

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