Amazon Games and Crystal Dynamics announced they are teaming up to develop a new multiplatform Tomb Raider game.
Specifically Crystal Dynamics will develop the game while Amazon Games will publish the game globally.
A press release announcing the game, didn’t provide any details on the story, but it did reveal the game will be “a single-player, narrative-driven adventure that continues Lara Croft’s story in the Tomb Raider series.”
They also noted, “It includes all the elements that have made Tomb Raider one of the most revered franchises in gaming, giving players control of the confident and multidimensional hero Lara Croft in an environment that rewards exploration and creative pathfinding, with mind-bending puzzles to solve, and a wide variety of enemies to face and overcome.”
Amazon Games and Crystal Dynamics also promised this new game will “take storytelling to the next level, in the biggest, most expansive Tomb Raider game to date.”
“Tomb Raider is one of the most beloved IPs in entertainment history,” said Christoph Hartmann, VP of Amazon Games.
He added, “Amazon Games is committed to bringing players games of the highest quality, from the best developers, across all variety of platforms and genres, and we’re honored by the opportunity to work with this storied developer and franchise. Our team is incredibly excited about collaborating with the talented and visionary Crystal Dynamics team to bring the next chapter of Lara Croft’s saga to players around the world.”
“Crystal Dynamics has an extraordinary opportunity following our acquisition by Embracer to redefine what a publishing relationship is for Tomb Raider,” said Scot Amos, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics.
“Transformative is what we’re looking for, and with Amazon Games, we found a team that shares our creative vision, ambitions, and values for a Lara Croft universe across the spectrum of possibilities,” Amos said. “They’re uniquely positioned to rewrite what publishing and development collaborations are, and we’re eager to forge this new path together, starting with building the biggest and best Tomb Raider game yet!”
This new Tomb Raider game will be the first single-player narrative style from Amazon Games. Amazon Games currently publishes the MMO New World and the action MMORPG Lost Ark.
They are also working with Bandai-Namco on the online action MMORPG Blue Protocol.
This new Tomb Raider announcement comes about six months after The Embracer Group purchased Crystal Dynamics from Square Enix and acquired the Tomb Raider property.
Upon their acquisition they revealed the entire Tomb Raider franchise has sold 88 million titles with 38 million of those coming from the rebooted Tomb Raider trilogy that launched in 2013.
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