July 11, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Composers Announced

Shadow of the Tomb Raider developers Eidos-Montréal have just revealed the first details about the game's score and sound design. An article posted today on the official Tomb Raider site introduces composer Brian D'Oliveira, a respected expert, researcher, and performer of South American music. Working closely with Audio and Music director, Rob Bridgett, D'Oliveira employs his own extensive collection of pre-Columbian and South-American instruments to evoke a fresh sound that is also rooted in the traditions of the South and Central American locations Lara will explore.

BAFTA award-winning composer and sound designer Martin Stig Andersen, whose credits include Playdead's Limbo and Inside, is also on board as Shadow's Ambient Music Designer. According to the article, his role focuses more on specific underwater scenes, bringing a tense, otherworldly feel to these sequences.

"The Instrument," a unique, sculptural sound-maker created by Matt McConnell and employed by Jason Graves in his soundtrack for the 2013 reboot game, also returns for both music and sound effects in Shadow.

The video below offers a taste of the new soundtrack. Read more and listen to additional tracks at tombraider.com.

June 13, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Closes Out E3 with Performer and Creative Team Panels

Tomb Raider developers Eidos-Montréal and Crystal Dynamics closed out their E3 appearances with two developer Q&A sessions. If you missed the livestreamed events earlier, you can catch both below. Special thanks to Camilla L News for sharing these videos. Be sure to subscribe to their channel for more Camilla/TR coverage.

Square Enix Presents: Shadow of the Tomb Raider Q&A with Camilla Luddington and Earl Baylon. Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie talks with Camilla Luddington and Earl Baylon, voice and performance artists for Lara Croft and her best friend, Jonah Maiava, about working together on the game. Camilla and Earl then answer fans' questions and play a round of "Would you Rather?" focusing on jungle survival.

E3 Coliseum Panel: Camilla Luddington and the Shadow of the Tomb Raider Creative Team. Lead Writer Jill Murray and Performance Director Darryl Purdy join Camilla and Earl for a panel discussion moderated by Meagan Marie.

E3 is officially over now, but I will do my best to bring you more Shadow of the Tomb Raider news as it breaks. The game will be released on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One September 14, 2018. Follow this link for details about the Shadow of the Tomb Raider Editions, Pre-Order Bonuses & Season Pass, and peruse my main Shadow of the Tomb Raider page for game info and a detailed walkthrough when the time comes.

June 12, 2018

Square Enix Presents: Shadow of the Tomb Raider Developer Q&A

Today at E3, Rich Briggs from Crystal Dynamics and Daniel Chayer-Bisson from Eidos-Montréal chatted with Crystal's Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie and answered fans' questions about Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The TR segment runs approximately 30 minutes. I apologize for the quality. There were some technical difficulties, so the archived video is split in the middle of the stream. If I can find a better version later, I will substitute it for the two parts below.

If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, the main piece of new information is that, according to Briggs, there will be separate difficulty sliders for puzzles (e.g., verbal hints on/off), navigation (white ledges, beacons, etc., on/off), and combat (auto-aim, healing, enemy toughness,etc.). This is excellent news and something fans have clamored for since the reboot.

The TR segment begins at about 02:27. The embedded video should start there if you click 'play'.

Tomorrow's E3 events include another Square Enix Presents Q&A, this time featuring Camilla Luddington (Lara) and Earl Baylon (Jonah) at 1:30 PM PDT. Then, at 3:30 PM, Camilla and Earl will join Lead Writer Jill Murray and Performance Director Darryl Purdy for a panel discussion. Check this post for livestream links and time zone conversion.
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