September 8, 2022

Extra Life 2022: Play Games, Heal Kids, Win Valuable Prizes!

Attention, friends and fellow raiders! I am once again participating in Extra Life, a fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I'm playing for San Jorge Children and Women's Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I'll be streaming occasionally on Twitch in the run-up to the main event, a weekend-long gaming marathon November 5-6. Follow me there and on Twitter for updates.

So far I've raised almost $200 toward my $1,000 goal. To sweeten the pot, I've lined up several FUNDRAISING MILESTONE GIVEAWAYS. When we reach each milestone, I'll do a random drawing for the following prizes:
  • $250 – 20 Years of Tomb Raider hardcover book - Milestone reached 9/11. Winner: StardustLegacy!
  • $500 – Tomb Raider Legends: The Board Game - Milestone reached 9/12. Winner: Narayan L.!
  • $750 – The Art of Tomb Raider 2-volume set from Dreams & Visions Press. Milestone reached 9/17. Winner: Vinessa!
  • $1,000 – Tomb Raider III Lara Croft Regular Edition statue by Gaming Heads. Milestone reached 10/1. Winner: RadiantViper!
UPDATE 10/2: All prizes have now been given. Thanks to everyone for your support! Stay tuned for the Tomb Raider Community raffle later this month and the Extra Life marathon November 5-6.

Extra Life milestone prizes: The Art of Tomb Raider book set by Dreams and Visions Press, Tomb Raider Legends: The Board Game, 20 Years of Tomb Raider by Meagan Marie, and the Tomb Raider III Lara Croft regular edition statue by Gaming Heads

  • Email ( ) with the subject "Extra Life Giveaway" and a brief message letting me know you're interested. I will confirm I received it within a few days.
  • Include your name or nickname and the country where you live. I can ship almost everywhere, but there are a few countries where the US Postal Service won't deliver. If you win a prize and I can't get it to you, I'll try to find a digital alternative.
  • If you donated to Extra Life through my fundraising page, please remind me, especially if you donated using a different name or email address. You don't have to donate to win, but DONORS of $5 or more get THREE chances to win each prize. Non-donors only get one.
  • If there is a prize you're NOT interested in, let me know. Otherwise, I will assume you're up for any of them.
  • You only need to send ONE email to be entered in every drawing as we reach each milestone.

To donate in support of San Jorge Women and Children's Hospital, visit my Extra Life page or use the donation panel on my Twitch channel. If you'd rather contribute offline with a check or money order made out to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, that's fine too. Contact me to work out the details.

Be sure to check the other Tomb Raider Community team members' fundraising pages for more giveaways, livestreams, and other incentives. We will also be hosting our ANNUAL EXTRA LIFE TEAM RAFFLE in October/November with some very special prizes. Stay tuned for details. (Also, please note that unlike the big raffle in the fall, these giveaways are open to TR Community team members.)

If you'd like to join the Tomb Raider Community team and participate in Extra Life, we'd love to have you! Check out this Extra Life FAQ, sign up here, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

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.