Crystal Dynamics has officially taken over its key franchises such as Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain from Square Enix. The developer was sold off to Embracer Group, along with Eidos Montreal, for around $300 million. This included many of its IPs. The Tomb Raider franchise is now back in the hands of Crystal Dynamics, which is already pushing ahead with the next entry in the series.
As revealed earlier this year, Crystal Dynamics confirmed that it was working on a new entry in the Tomb Raider franchise which will be built in Unreal Engine 5. Some details about the game already leaked last month, revealing Lara Croft as the leader of a group of tomb raiders. Lara is also at the top of her game after receiving three titles detailing her rise to becoming the iconic video game heroine.
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In a recent statement released on its website, Crystal Dynamics confirmed that Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain were once again in its possession:
“We are excited to inform you that Crystal Dynamics has taken control of several game franchises—including TOMB RAIDER and Legacy of Kain—from the games’ previous owner, Square Enix Limited. As a result of this change, Crystal Dynamics (or its affiliate) is now the owner of these games and the controller of the gameplay and personal data related to them.”
Crystal Dynamics was also responsible for developing Marvel’s Avengers, which continues to receive updates and new characters despite a rocky launch. The company is now returning to the Tomb Raider series, though it’s unknown if it has any plans to continue the Legacy of Kain franchise. Square Enix is currently developing new entries in its beloved Final Fantasy series, including Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Final Fantasy XVI.
Source: Crystal Dynamics