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  • Blog Post: E3 Rivals – Uncharted 4 Vs. Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    With extensive gameplay demos at both Sony's and Microsoft's press conferences, it's only natural to make comparisons between Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Each game showed quite a bit more to attendees of E3 with private demos as well. Game Informer's Jeff... More
  • Blog Post: Six Things You May Have Missed In The 2013 Tomb Raider Reboot

    In the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, Crystal Dynamics hid a few references to Lara's Rise of the Tomb Raider future, as well as a few other Easter Eggs. We spoke with franchise creative director Noah Hughes about what players might have missed in the first game, and learn about a Cast Away reference that... More
  • Blog Post: Seven Things That Will Make The Tomb Raider Film A Blockbuster

    Movies are generally made by committee, meaning it takes a lot of great ideas to make a generic piece of Hollywood drivel. With that in mind, let us offer up some suggestions for Warner Bros., GK Films, and MGM as they produce the new Tomb Raider movie. Daugherty hangs out on the set of Teenage Mutant... More
  • Blog Post: Balancing Survival Vs. Action In Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Leading up to the release of the Tomb Raider reboot in 2013, Crystal Dynamics pushed the theme that Lara Croft was a survivor. While the survival aspects certainly were a large part of the story, the game didn't cross the line of becoming a systems-driven "survival game." While visiting... More
  • Blog Post: The Tomb Raider Team Reacts To Conan O’Brien Failing At Their Game

    Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer series has become infamous for its ability to entertain while showing exactly how a game shouldn’t be played. One of the earliest and most memorable episodes featured the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider . The episode aired about a month before the game released... More
  • Blog Post: The Business Decisions Behind Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    After four years in the making, the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider was released and impressed both critics and fans of the classic franchise. While visiting Crystal Dynamics, we spoke with head of western studios Darrell Gallagher about the struggle to create a fresh take on Lara Croft and the immediate... More
  • Blog Post: A Breakdown Of Lara's Gear In Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Want to know what Lara is really made of? Check out our handy gear guide for a closer look at the gear Lara will acquire during her next expedition to Siberia in Rise of the Tomb Raider. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara has moved well beyond the rookie explorer she was in the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot... More
  • Blog Post: Eight Films That Helped Influence Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Early in the production of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics put together something called a rippomatic to help set an emotional tone for the rest of development. A rippomatic is basically an faux trailer for the game, created before any assets or even a game’s story has been fully fleshed... More
  • Blog Post: Return Of The Tombs: The Puzzles Of Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    While visiting Crystal Dynamics for our extensive March cover story on Rise of the Tomb Raider , the development team emphasized that they were planning on responding to criticism of the last game by increasing the amount of large tombs for players to explore this time around. We sat down with creative... More
  • Blog Post: Tomb Raider's Writer Discusses The Evolution Of Lara Croft

    The daughter of legendary fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, Rhianna Pratchett has already built an impressive career giving voice to strong female characters in both games and comics. Pratchett has previous worked on titles like the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, Heavenly Sword, and Mirror's Edge. Now that... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring The New Setting Of Rise Of The Tomb Raider

    Stepping up from his role as art director for the last entry, Brian Horton is now the game director on Rise of the Tomb Raider and is paying a lot of attention to the look of Lara Croft's new environment . Rise of the Tomb Raider takes players to Russia as Lara seeks a long-lost city and answers... More
  • Blog Post: Raiders Of The Lost City – Lara’s Search For Immortality

    Lara Croft’s previous journeys have taken her on quests for magical daggers said to command ancient armies and spelunking through Norse underworlds in order to gather archaic armor rumored to belong to the gods. Tomb Raiders’ exploits always send Lara on wild adventures, but these adventures... More
  • Blog Post: Ominous Beauty – Exclusive Rise Of The Tomb Raider Concept Art Gallery

    Concept art is an unsung hero in the game development process. It's often the first thing created for a video game and serves to direct the tone and style of the entire project. Before pressing the A button ever makes a character jump, or pushing the control stick makes a character move, concept... More
  • Blog Post: Five Ways Rise Of The Tomb Raider Improves Upon The Reboot

    We're very excited to roll out a month of exclusive content for Rise of the Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics to go along with our extensive March cover story . The 2013 reboot really impressed us and we were curious about how the development team is looking to improve on that experience. While visiting... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris

    In 2010, Crystal Dynamics released Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, a delightful top-down shooter that let up to two players explore a series of tombs and solve puzzles while shooting down a horde of undead minions. Then the company rebooted the Tomb Raider series, and this strange offshoot laid... More
  • Blog Post: A Look Back At Amy Hennig's Career So Far

    Today the news broke that Naughty Dog's acclaimed writer and creative director Amy Hennig has left the company . While we don't know what her next project will be, it seems like an appropriate time to look back at the accomplishments of one of gaming's most respected developers. Hennig got... More
  • Blog Post: Wish List – Tomb Raider 2

    With the recent announcement of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for next-gen consoles, it got us thinking about what we want in a full-blown sequel to Crystal Dynamics' action hit. More Envelope-Pushing Visuals: Tomb Raider already looked great (especially considering how large the world is) and... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – The Fire Ritual In Tomb Raider (2013)

    Anyone who’s played a Tomb Raider game knows that Lara Croft is a woman of extraordinary perseverance. Whether she’s scaling obstacles, executing physical feats, or combating deadly creatures, Lara persists. This strength of character is put to the test like never before in the 2013 series... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Tomb Raider

    Lara Croft returns to gaming screens next week. Get a sneak peek at some of the action, and hear our thoughts on how the final game came together. It's been a long wait, but the Tomb Raider reboot is finally arriving, and we’ve had the opportunity to play the final game ( click here to read... More
  • Blog Post: Something In The Water: Crystal Dynamics In The '90s

    Today, many gamers think of Crystal Dynamics as the studio that pulled Tomb Raider back from the brink of irrelevance. Its upcoming reboot of the series is one of 2013's most anticipated titles. Those with a few more years under their belts recall the company's glory days in the '90s, when... More
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