Square Enix teases new Tomb Raider

A brief social media statement, publisher Square Enix revealed the first details of Lara Croft’s next adventure.

It’s been a few years since Rise of the Tomb Raider first debuted, so naturally its developer is almost ready to announce its next project. While Crystal Dynamics doesn’t have a trailer or even a screenshot, the publisher’s brief message on Twitter has fans of the franchise talking. Check it out:

So, it sounds like the next Tomb Raider will launch hot on the heels of its first trailer. With that being said, Crystal Dynamics is either nearly done with Croft’s next adventure, or they’ll be taking a different release approach then before. It’s worth noting that Tomb Raider’s publisher, Square Enix, is well acquainted with episodic releases, and some of its best games this gen, Life is Strange and Hitman, both released in that form. If Tomb Raider follows that release philosophy, it’ll be a first for the franchise, and really, the action adventure genre it helped define.

Below the surface level read, there’s also an interesting hint in Square Enix’s message. Several years ago, someone caught a screenshot of a developer on public transit with a “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” presentation on his website (image below). While many debated the legitimacy of the document, it seems the leak has more validity after today’s reveal. Take a look at the first letter of each sentence in the note above. Each letter spells “SHADOW” – Neat!

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For a full reveal of the next Tomb Raider adventure, keep an eye on Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix as we go into the new year. Based ¬†on their phrasing, we won’t be waiting too long.

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