If Tomb Raider were yet another factional action adventure, âadds Mac to its cheeseâ might have made for a good headline. But itâs not; itâs the sensitively told tale of the grim escapades that transform Lara from perfectly lovely teen to the dead-eyed murderess we knew and loved in the â90s. And itâs now to be available to another neglected quadrant of PC gamers.
Normally it'd be a given that a game as well received as Tomb Raider would receive a sequel, but after Square Enix came out and said that it didn't meet sales expectations, people were suddenly a little bit worried that we wouldn't see the return of the new young, tenacious Lara Croft. Thankfully, in an address regarding Square Enix's future, CEO Phil Rogers has dispelled such fears and confirmed a sequel is "well into development."
Dark Horse comics have announced theyâre publishing a run of comics which follow on from the events of this yearâs Tomb Raider reboot. Penned by Gail Simon, the comics will be considered canon and, according to Simone, will âlead DIRECTLY into the sequel".
Square Enix arenât done with Lara just yet, having already thrown her off cliffs, into the sea, to the dogs, and onto the hot coals of public opinion, theyâve now bulked out the singleplayer game with a new map.
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Laraâs most recent adventure may have been out for more than two months but Crystal Dynamics arenât done patching and updating their rough and tumble, quicktime infested platformer. The latest round of fixes are largely aimed at problems only experienced by players running certain bits of hardware but there are some more general improvements to the UI and such.
Tomb Raider is set to officially release in Japan on 25 April though PC players have been able to buy and play European and US versions of the game through Steam since its release in those regions. While it didnât have Japanese voice actors, apparently, it had subtitles in the language. Again, apparently these subtitles have now been deactivated and if the owners of these foreign versions of the game want to have language support they will have to spend $30 on a Japanese language pack DLC to get it.
Two weeks ago, we learned that Tomb Raider had sold 3.4 million retail copies - a not insignificant result for you or I, maybe, but for Square Enix? A profound financial disappointment. Now the publisher has revealed that its targets for the Crystal Dynamics game in EU, US and Japanese markets combined were at least another one-and-a-half million higher than that.
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Itâs not been a great day for Square Enix stockholders, doubly so if they live in the ridiculously cold north of England. First they learn that the company will be making an âextraordinary loss" this financial year as a result of a costly internal restructuring, they then learn that the companyâs president of 13 years, Yoichi Wada will be stepping down (though, they may not be entirely torn up about that considering his role in the first piece of bad news), and now, on top of all that came before, theyâve learned that Tomb Raider grossly missed Square Enixâs sales expectations.
What with all the chasing in Bioshock Infinite and the running away in Tomb Raider, DeWitt and Croft need all the help they can get to perform their best. Thatâs why both characters recommend blood doping updating your Nvidia drivers.
Nvidiaâs latest drivers see up to a 40% performance increase in Irrationalâs 20th century floating island shooter and a staggering 70% boost in the recently released Tomb Raider.
âConfidential: For Internal Use Only", warns the Crystal Dynamics video youâre about to watch. But weâre all friends here, arenât we? And friends donât let friends miss the chance to see what the wonderful Tomb Raider reboot might have been - a Team Ico-esque traversal through a island world infested by giants and demons. With a child companion. On horseback. Yup.
With Tomb Raiderâs release last week many have been muchly impressed by Crystal Dynamics reboot of the series - our own Steve was quite taken with it. Though a number of players have been experiencing a few problems with performance, particularly if theyâre using Nvidia graphics cards and Intel processors. The latest patch hopes to fix a number of these issues.