The next Tomb Raider game is reportedly planned to be revealed this year by developer Crystal Dynamics. The studio recently announced that it would be ending all future support for Marvel’s Avengers. As a result, most of the game’s development team has now shifted to work on Tomb Raider and there is now some “pressure” to reveal the game this year.
According to Exputer’s Miller Ross, who originally leaked the news that Crystal Dynamics planned to pull the plug on Marvel’s Avengers, most of the studio’s development team is now entering full-scale development on the next Tomb Raider.
Many expected the current IP holder Embracer Group to publish the next game since previous publisher Square Enix sold the franchise, but that’s not the case anymore. Instead, Amazon Games acquired the rights to publish the new “single-player, narrative-driven adventure that continues Lara Croft’s story.” Additionally, Amazon confirmed that the next Tomb Raider game will be multi-platform so it doesn’t seem like there will be any timed exclusivity deals for platforms (like Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox) unless plans change.
As far as we know, the next Tomb Raider game is being built in Unreal Engine 5. A report published last August claimed that the new title will see Lara Croft leading a new team of tomb raiders. Lara will apparently be in her mid-30s and have “romantic scenes with another female character.” Crystal Dynamics previously teased that the next game’s direction will feature a more mature version of the character. None of this has been corroborated yet so we recommend taking it with a grain of salt.
Whatever direction this new game takes, it will most likely deviate from the developer’s previous origins trilogy and lean into Lara Croft as the more hardened, adventurous tomb raider that players are familiar with from past generations.