August 22, 2013

Tomb Raider T-Shirt Giveaway Celebrating 4,000 Facebook Likes

Thanks to lots of support from my fellow TR fans, the Facebook Page for Stella's Tomb Raider Site passed 4,000 Likes this weekend. Hurrah! To celebrate this milestone, I will be giving away three TOMB RAIDER 2013 T-shirts. Winners will have their choice of shirts from the Official Tomb Raider Store.

The contest is open until Sunday, August 25, at noon GMT. Winners will be announced soon after.

The contest is open to entrants worldwide. You will need to Like my Facebook page to enter, and you can unlock extra entries by following me on Twitter and tweeting about the giveaway. I will provide the prizes and cover all shipping costs, but each winner is responsible for any customs/duty fees. See the Tomb Raider Store Shipping FAQ and the complete contest rules for details, and feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Once again, I'd like to thank all my wonderful followers new and old! xoxo
TOMB RAIDER Queen Himiko T-Shirt from the Official Tomb Raider Store
TOMB RAIDER 2013 Queen Himiko T-Shirt. Now available in the Official Tomb Raider Store.

UPDATE 9/26/13: I just realized I'd announced the winners on Facebook and Twitter but never managed to post them here. Congrats to Ani, Sean and Dr. John Oakland. :D

August 4, 2013

Tomb Raider Sequel Confirmed for Next-Gen Consoles, Comic Tie-In Planned

Although there have been hints about a sequel from Tomb Raider's developers over the past several months, until recently nothing was officially confirmed.

Back in March, Siliconera broke the news that Square Enix had trademarked the name "Lara Croft: Reflections," setting off a storm of speculation among fans; however, it's still not clear whether this name relates to an upcoming game.

[UPDATE: 'Reflections' turned out to be an ill-fated mobile card game. Details here.]

TOMB RAIDER screenshot by tombraidernostalgia.

Then, on July 13, writer Gail Simone, who has contributed to such popular comics as Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Batgirl and Red Sonja, tweeted this little bombshell from Comic Con: "KA-POW. TOMB RAIDER." Following up in more detail, Simone revealed that she will be penning a new Tomb Raider comic, set "just a few weeks after the end of the game...and [leading] DIRECTLY into the sequel." The comics will be published by Dark Horse, and the first issue is slated for release in February 2014. For more info, check out Evan Narcisse's interview with Simone for Kotaku.

TR fans may remember Simone's contribution to GameTap's Re\Visioned: Tomb Raider animated series, titled "Pre-Teen Raider."

Doubts about a possible sequel arose after Square Enix announced in April that TOMB RAIDER had failed to meet expectations, despite selling more than 3.4 million compies in its first month. According to Eurogamer, although the game received excellent reviews, the sales figures were only about half of what the company had forecast.

Nevertheless, on Thursday Phil Rogers, CEO for Square Enix in the Americas and Europe, at last officially confirmed in a blog post that the company is "well into development on a next-generation Tomb Raider sequel."

Darrell Gallagher, Head of Product Development and Studios at TR developer Crystal Dynamics, followed up with this short announcement to the fans:

"You may have read today that a next-generation sequel to Tomb Raider is in the works. We're very excited to confirm that the team has started working on telling the next chapter in Lara's tale. It's still early days, so I'm afraid I can't provide any further details for now save my assurance that we're not resting on our laurels and acclaim from Tomb Raider's recent successes, but working hard to raise the bar even higher and re-affirm the faith you've shown."

For now, Crystal is not answering further questions. So fans are just going to have to be patient. What are you hoping they'll include (or not) in the next game? Please leave a comment below.

TOMB RAIDER screenshot by tombraidernostalgia.