September 16, 2023

Classic Tomb Raider Remasters Launching February 2024

It's been a few decades, but at last, the first three Tomb Raider games are being remastered for modern computers and consoles. Developer Crystal Dynamics is partnering with Aspyr, the company behind previous Macintosh Tomb Raider ports, to release Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft  for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and GOG.

The official announcement, made during the Nintendo Direct livestream on September 14, featured this trailer highlighting a few iconic levels from each game.



According to the developers, players will be able to toggle between enhanced and original graphics on the fly, as well as switch between classic and modern control schemes. Naturally, the updated games will include unlockable achievements and trophies.

The bundle, priced at $29.99 U.S., will include the mainline games, as well as all of the official expansions: "Unfinished Business" and "Shadow of the Cat" for TR1, "The Golden Mask" for TR2, and the All Hallows secret level and "The Lost Artifact" expansion for TR3.* This will be the first time console players will have the opportunity to play most of these bonus levels.

Tomb Raider I-III Remastered will release on Lara Croft's birthday, February 14, 2024. Preorders are open now.
On a more personal note, as many of you know, I've been on hiatus for the past few years. This announcement has inspired me to get cracking on the major site overhaul I've been planning for a while. I'll be diving into that project soon, and I look forward to seeing you all again in February.

*Follow this link for a timeline of the various Tomb Raider game release dates.

2 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to this, Stella! How stoked for these remasters are you?

    I've never been able to play the Lost Artefact expansion for Tomb Raider 3 as I think it's unsupported on the steam version, but I have played the ones for Tomb Raider 1 & 2. Although Shadow of the Cat sounds alien to me. Was that released on Windows? The steam version only includes Unfinished Business. I like that we'll be able to switch to old school graphics and controls. It should make the current steam versions obsolete. Fine with me as they all have to be modded quite a lot to get them working well.

    Only disappointment for me is no remaster of TR4:LR, as that's the one I'll usually stop at. Saying that I would take a remaster of TR5 as well, but I don't know how easy it would be to fix the various bugs in it.

    Take care!

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    1. Hey, Lukuss. Thanks for commenting. I'm over the moon. Can't wait! Actually, I can wait, since I need to do some site redesign and get ready for extra traffic, but it's a great feeling. I am so excited that these remasters will bring back some long-time fans and bring more new people into the fold. The fact that they're finally releasing the bonus levels for consoles is well worth the price of admission. (Shadow of the Cat is the Egypt section of the TR1 expansion, btw. Unfinished Business is technically just the Atlantis portion.) I also hope they'll remaster 4-AOD, but that might depend on how well this trilogy does. Fingers crossed.

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