April 6, 2022

Next Tomb Raider Game In Development Using Unreal Engine 5

At the tail end of yesterday's State of Unreal 2022 Keynote Presentation, Crystal Dynamics Franchise General Manager Dallas Dickinson announced that the studio has "just started development of [the] next Tomb Raider game, powered by Unreal Engine 5." No further details or visuals were revealed, but Dickinson said, "This new engine translates into next-level storytelling and gameplay experiences.... Our goal is to push the envelope of fidelity and to deliver the high-quality cinematic action-adventure experience that fans deserve from both Crystal Dynamics and the Tomb Raider franchise." This new logo, reminiscent of the trapezoid-shaped boxes from the classic games, was also unveiled.

new Tomb Raider logo

Although a mobile game, Netflix Anime, and Live Experience venue were announced last year during the 25th anniversary celebrations, the only significant news about the main series came in a January 2021 community update, in which Game Director Will Kerslake introduced the concept of a "unified timeline" for future Tomb Raider adventures, combining elements of classic, Legend era, and Survivor era storylines. With Tomb Raider 12 still untitled and still in the early stages of development, it will likely be years before release, but fans can look forward to gorgeous visuals and exciting stories...eventually.

Watch the whole State of Unreal presentation here, or just the Tomb Raider announcement on Twitter.

Also, check out this Unreal Engine 5 tech demo from May 2020, exuding some serious Tomb Raider vibes.

I'd love to hear your impressions, hopes, and concerns about the upcoming game. Leave a comment below, or get in touch on Twitter or through my main site.

December 4, 2021

Extra Life Weta Workshop Statue Winner!

Congratulations to Lokky, winner of the Tomb Raider Community Extra Life raffle! He'll receive this lovely, limited-edition Lara Croft 25th anniversary statue by Weta Workshop when it is released next year.

Lara Croft Lost Valley limited edition statue by Weta Workshop

Lara Croft The Lost Valley 1:4 scale statue by Weta Workshop. Click image for raffle details.

The team extends our sincere appreciation to everyone who entered the raffle, spread the word, donated to Extra Life in support of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and watched our livestreams! Thanks to you, we've raised $11,844 so far this year. Donations are open through December 31, so if you haven't donated yet and would like to, it's not too late. We appreciate your support, for the kids!

November 12, 2021

$10,000 Raised for Children's Hospitals, Thanks to You!

Congratulations to the Tomb Raider Community Extra Life team and many thanks to our generous supporters! Last weekend's Twitch marathon was a huge success. Together we raised more than $10,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

If you missed the marathon, it's not too late to support this great cause. We're still accepting donations through the end of the year. Wondering where your money goes?
  • Each day, 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals treat 16,200 kids with trauma, 935 with diabetes, and 2,128 with cancer, care for 925 infants in neonatal ICUs, and perform 3,329 pediatric surgeries.
  • 62 children enter a CMN Hospital every minute.
  • 1 in 10 children in North America are treated by a CMN Hospital annually.
  • 32 million patient visits are provided for 10 million kids every year.
Your donations help make that happen, improving the health and quality of life for millions of kids.

If you donate through my Extra Life page, your money goes to San Jorge Children & Women's Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 earthquakes, and the lingering impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017, these kids still need help to heal, grow, and thrive!

Photo courtesy of San Jorge Children's Hospital Instagram.

Even if you are unable to donate, I hope you'll help spread the word and check out the Team's annual Extra Life raffle for a chance to win a gorgeous Lara Croft 25th Anniversary statue by Weta Workshop. Anyone can enter, but donors unlock bonus raffle entries. This giveaway runs through November 30. The winner will be announced in early December.

Thank you for your generosity and good luck if you enter!

Lara Croft Lost Valley limited edition statue by Weta Workshop

Lara Croft The Lost Valley limited-edition statue by Weta Workshop. Click image for raffle details and entry form.