April 29, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Details Revealed

This past Thursday Shadow of the Tomb Raider reveal events took place in London, Los Angeles, and Montréal. A new CGI trailer, "The End of the Beginning," also dropped, along with the first screenshots and concept art. Fans who attended the reveal parties got hands-on time with a playable demo, but so far gameplay footage has not been shown publicly.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider party at the Mayan Theater
One of the Shadow of the Tomb Raider reveal events was held at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of the official Tomb Raider Twitter account.

On Friday, a panel discussion featuring Camilla Luddington, the performance artist for Lara Croft, and several of the developers was held as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The live audience was treated to a sample of gameplay, but this was not included in the event livestream. The short but informative panel discussion is archived on the TribecaGames Twitch channel.

I'll be updating my main Shadow of the Tomb Raider page as new information emerges. Today I added the 15 newly released screenshots and concept art pieces, and I plan to add game details gleaned from friends who've played the demo very soon.



The official infographic below gives a tentative schedule for upcoming promotional events and content drops. For those using screen readers or online translators, here's a recap:
  • April – Shadow of the Tomb Raider revealed!
  • May – Meet the development team
  • June – E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo, Los Angeles) First gameplay revealed
  • July – SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) Experience and Woman Masters Wild series
  • August – Gamescom (Cologne, Germany) New Gameplay Trailer
  • September – Shadow of the Tomb Raider launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC
  • October 2018 through April 2019 – Seven separate DLC Packs will be released, one each month. Each will include a challenge tomb, weapon, outfit, skill, and narrative side mission. The first of these will introduce co-op play.
A disclaimer is included stating, "DLC content and launch dates subject to change."

Maya calendar graphic detailing development milestones and DLC drop dates

I'd love to hear what you think. Are you excited for the new game? Waiting to see gameplay or, better yet, try the demo at a future event before you decide? Let me know in the comments.

2 comments:

  1. This is a Tomb Raider I am really looking forward to. It appears Crystal Dynamics have listened to feedback and have made a worthy addition to the franchise. I will pick up the Croft Edition as it includes the Season Pass. I wonder if the DLC will include world travel to unique locations each time ?

    I hope the brutality in SOTTR does not get too excessive. A Mature rating should not be an excuse for uncontrolled violence. This is not a survival horror game, but Lara's development into a legendary explorer and tomb raider.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Robin. I'm with you on all of that. I even pre-ordered the Croft Edition. I think there will only be two locations this time, the shorter section in Mexico at thethe beginning, then the rest in Peru, but there will be a variety of terrain, like what they did in Siberia last time. I do hope that Lara's next adventure--assuming there is one--will have multiple locations. That's one of the things I really miss about the older games.

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