March 15, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Teaser Confirms September 14 Release Date

The first trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, released this morning, shows Lara Croft running through a Central American jungle and viewing a solar eclipse from the ruins of a step pyramid surrounded by what could be hordes of enemies. According to developer Crystal Dynamics, we can expect a full reveal April 27th, and the game will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on September 14, 2018. The official site, tombraider.com, has also been updated with new info and a countdown clock.

March 14, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Reveal Coming Tomorrow, Game in September

Hot on the heels of the Tomb Raider movie premiere comes the first major announcement about the next game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The official site, tombraider.com, just posted this image, promising a reveal tomorrow at 6 am PDT. A Twitter friend with mad skills teased the following info out of the page code:

"Shadow of The Tomb Raider is the climactic finale of Lara's origin story. Available September 14th 2018.... All pre-order incentives and SKUs will be revealed on April 27, 2018."

Can I get a WHOO HOO?!!!

Solar eclipse graphic with date - March 15th, 2018, 6:00 AM PDT

March 3, 2018

Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness Audiobook

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is arguably Core Design's most ambitious project but also its most flawed. Its complex plot and characters still engage fans nearly 15 years after the game was released, but it can be a challenge to play due to control issues, bugs, and a generally unfinished feeling. If you've never completed the game or just want to relive Core's swan song, I highly recommend J. R. Milward's Angel of Darkness audiobook.

This brilliant retelling fleshes out the game's story and includes many previously unreleased scenes. It includes 20 episodes, plus prologue, spanning nearly 13 hours. The audiobook was written, adapted, and narrated by J. R. Milward, based on an original story by Murti Schofield, the lead writer on the 2003 game. It includes music from the game, composed by Peter Connelly and Martin Iveson, and voices performed by the author herself and VO actor Adamm Khuevrr. It was produced by Stephen Milward.

Preview the audiobook here and listen to all 20 episodes on YouTube, iTunes, JRMilward.com or your favorite podcast software. I use Podcast Republic for Android.



Jenni Milward has been an active member of the Tomb Raider community for many years. In addition to writing fanfiction, including the AOD novelization on which this audiobook is based, she has provided voiceovers for dozens of fan-made animations, custom levels, and videos. She is also a graphic artist, blogger, and co-administrator for Survivor Reborn. In "real" life, Jenni works as a researcher, writer, and editor for a disability charity in the U.K. You can follow her on Twitter @JRMilward and Facebook, and read more of her fiction at jrmilward.com. She also makes gorgeous Tomb Raider-inspired accessories, which she sells through her Etsy store, The Croft Emporium.

February 17, 2018

Rise of the Tomb Raider Coming to Mac and Linux

Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration for macOS and Linux box art
Rise of the Tomb Raider will at last be available for macOS and Linux this spring! Feral Interactive, the developers responsible for porting the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, as well as Anniversary and Underworld, has just launched a Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration micro-site with loads of information about the upcoming release. An exact launch date has not yet been announced, but the game will be coming to Steam and the Mac App Store sometime in the next few months.

In this sequel to the 2013 game, Lara Croft sets out to discover the lost city of Kitezh, in order to recover the Divine Source, an ancient artifact with the power to grant immortality. When Lara's quest puts her in the crosshairs of Trinity, a secret global organization, she must use all her wits and daring to reach the Divine Source first. Lara's expedition takes her from Syria's sun-baked ruins to the vast wilderness of Siberia, where frozen forests, ancient crypts, a lush geothermal valley, and an abandoned Soviet military installation await. Players climb, swim, grapple, and zip-line their way through the beautiful but lethal environments as they outsmart deadly traps and solve huge, multi-layered puzzles hidden within stunning challenge tombs.


Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration bundles the base game with all DLC, which comprises:
  • Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch: An adventure in which Lara seeks the truth behind a mythic terror lurking within a new region of Siberia, the Wicked Vale.
  • Cold Darkness Awakened: When a biological weapon is unleashed in the Siberian wilderness, Lara is tasked with ending a viral outbreak as she fights off waves of infected adversaries.
  • Blood Ties: A standalone story in which Lara uncovers family secrets as she explores her childhood home, Croft Manor.
  • Lara's Nightmare: As undead hordes infiltrate Croft Manor, Lara must become the ultimate zombie slayer.
  • Endurance Mode: Two players team up to survive the dangerous forest while plundering crypts for relics.
  • Extreme Survivor Challenge: In the hardest difficulty setting for the main campaign, players overcome difficult limits of save points, resources, ammunition, and health.
  • 5 Classic Skins: Nostalgic skins from Tomb Raider history: Croft Manor, Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider II Bomber Jacket, Chronicles Catsuit, and Angel of Darkness.
  • 12 Bonus Outfits: Ancient Vanguard (Byzantine-era chain mail), Apex Predator (bear fur, animal claws, and warpaint), Shadowrunner (tactical vest and watch cap), and the reimagined Antarctica outfit inspired by Tomb Raider III.
  • Expedition Cards: Players use cards in Expedition Mode to boost their score, modify their abilities, and apply cosmetic effects like Big Head Enemies.
For more information about the game, the various DLC packs, and of course a walkthrough should you need one, visit my Rise of the Tomb Raider page.
Crystal Dynamics Logo
Feral Interactive Logo

New Lara Croft Barbie and Funko POP!

Mattel and Funko have both announced Tomb Raider-inspired toys for 2018. Mattel's Lara Croft Barbie has not yet been officially unveiled, but according to Cheryl's Dolls & Collectibles, the new Barbie will be modeled on Alicia Vikander's depiction of the character in the upcoming Tomb Raider film. It is part of the Barbie Signature line and will be released February 20 at a $39.95 US price point. Oddly, there's no mention of the doll on Mattel's website yet, but more information should be forthcoming.

Also, this week at Toy Fair in New York City, Funko revealed a second Lara Croft POP! figure, this time based on reboot Lara. The new POP!, shown below and on the Funko website, will be released in March and cost $9.99 US. Funko had previously released POP! and Rock Candy figures modeled on classic/Anniversary Lara.

UPDATE: The Lara Croft Barbie has now been listed on the Mattel site and is available on Amazon.com and Amazon UK.

Lara Croft Barbie inspired by Alicia Vikander's portrayal in the Tomb Raider film
Lara Croft Signature Barbie by Mattel. Official photos courtesy of Raiding the Globe.

Lara Croft Barbie inspired by Alicia Vikander's portrayal in the Tomb Raider film
Lara Croft Barbie by Mattel. Detail with journal and map. Official photos courtesy of Raiding the Globe. Check out their site for more info.

Reboot Lara Croft POP! vinyl figurine from Funko
Lara Croft POP! by Funko

January 22, 2018

Official Tomb Raider Fansite Awards from 2016 - Thanks for the Memories

Last week I received these lovely enameled medallions from Crystal Dynamics, commemorating my participation in the Official Tomb Raider Fansite program and the three awards my site won in 2016. In the year since the awards were announced, I have left the program, but I am deeply honored to have been chosen by my peers as 2016 Community Ambassador and thrilled to see the Tomb Raider Community's Extra Life team recognized for Best Charity Initiative and Best Tomb Raider 20 Initiative. Even though I've decided to go my own way, at least for now, being part of the community is still a huge part of my life, and I will continue to do my best to bring the fans together for worthwhile causes like Extra Life.

Check out this post for a complete list of the 2016 award winners.

January 16, 2018

Tomb Raider Suite Website Relaunched and American Tour Planned

In case you missed the official announcement, tombraidersuite.com has just received a major revamp. In addition to details about the upcoming composer buffet receptions in London and San Francisco, fans who were not able to support the Kickstarter campaign can now pre-order the album on CD, vinyl, or digital download, along with other TR Suite swag.

Composer Nathan McCree announced the website relaunch in a recent Facebook post and noted that the highly anticipated American tour is, in fact, a go. "Details of the American tour will be posted on our Tomb Raider Live page as the venues are confirmed," McCree wrote, "and we are very excited about this!"

The new site also features prize draws, details about the recording sessions that took place in October at Abbey Road Studios, and a "Memoirs" section, featuring articles, images, and videos shared by fans. The first installment was submitted by David Carroll, one of the prize winners chosen to attend the Abbey Road sessions.

Check out the site and stay tuned for further developments. If there's an East Coast U/S. show, I'll see you there!

The Tomb Raider Suite
Tomb Raider Archives - Collecting all the classic Top Cow Comics
Tomb Raider Archives 4-volume set collects 50 issues of the best-selling Top Cow comic. Order from TFAW, Amazon, or Amazon UK.