Tomb Raider sequel already in development
Anyone worrying that the Tomb Raider reboot wouldn’t be getting a sequel due to it supposedly not meeting lofty sales expectations can breathe easy. A sequel has been officially confirmed to be in production by both Square Enix and Cystral Dynamics. Read for the details.
OK, the “details” part may be a bit of a stretch. See.. there are no real details to speak of. But here’s how the whole thing went down. First, there was the news last week that Gail Simone was writing a comic that would serve as the official continuation of Lara’s story. She also mentioned that the comic would “lead directly into the sequel.” Earlier today, CEO of Square Enix in the Americas and Europe, Phil Rogers, mentioned the Tomb Raider sequel in a blog post. While he mentions that the game is “well into development,” no other details are provided beyond the fact that the game will be next-generation.
Then came another blog post from Darrell Gallagher, head of studios for not only Crystal Dynamics, but all of Square Enix in America and Europe. He posted the following on the official Tomb Raider tumblr… hey, that sorta rhymes.
“Hi – you may have read today that a next-generation sequel to Tomb Raider is in the works. We’re very excited to confirm that the team has started working on telling the next chapter in Lara’s tale. It’s still early days, so I’m afraid I can’t provide any further details for now save my assurance that we’re not resting on our laurels and acclaim from Tomb Raider’s recent successes, but working hard to raise the bar even higher and re-affirm the faith you’ve shown.”
So that’s pretty friggin awesome. Sort of a weird way to announce a game, but it’s been a weird year for Square Enix. Their assertions that Tomb Raider had failed to meet sales goals, despite selling nearly 3.5 million copies in its first month of release. left fans scratching their heads. Then came the layoffs, corporate restructuring, and the resignation of company president Yoichi Wada. Maybe this is the first sign of things starting to get back to normal at Square Enix. Personally, I can’t wait to hear more about the new adventures of Lara Croft.