Shadow of the Tomb Raider Release Date, Trailer, & News
Square Enix is bringing Lara Croft’s origin story to an end with Shadow of the Tomb Raider this year. The upcoming third installment in the publisher’s rebooted Tomb Raider series has been in the works for quite some time. And although it wasn’t officially announced until March, it’s actually been teased (and leaked) multiple times leading up to its reveal.
While more than a dozen Lara Croft-starring games have released since the franchise’s start in 1996, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is only the 12th main installment and potentially the final game ever in Square Enix’s series – but it’s also the game in which Lara officially becomes… the Tomb Raider.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Releases in September
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is slated to release on September 14, 2018, for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Whereas Rise of the Tomb Raider released on Xbox One first and then on PS4 a year later, Square Enix’s latest installment will be hitting store shelves worldwide on the same day for all platforms – but September is a strange date for the series. The 2013 Tomb Raider reboot released in March and the 2015 sequel released in November. With games such as Spider-Man PS4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 releasing around Shadow of the Tomb Raider, they might cut into the sequel’s sales.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is Square Enix’s Final Installment
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third and final installment in Square Enix’s rebooted Tomb Raider series that began in 2013 (and inspired the recent Warner Bros. Tomb Raider film). Although it’s not known when Shadow takes place in relation to Rise of the Tomb Raider, Square is promising to deliver “the climatic finale of Lara’s origin story.” That could possibly mean that they might continue Lara Croft’s story in a different way once this game releases.
Crystal Dynamics is NOT Developing Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Video game developer Crystal Dynamics has been making Tomb Raider games since 2006, and they are responsible for rebooting the franchise with 2013’s Tomb Raider. They also developed the game’s sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, which released in 2015, but that’s where their contribution to Lara Croft’s story ends. Square Enix has now tasked Thief and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided developer Eidos Montreal with shepherding the publisher’s final Tomb Raider game. Part of the reason Crystal Dynamics isn’t working on Shadow is because they reportedly occupied with developing an Avengers game for Marvel Games in collaboration with a team from Eidos Montreal.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider & Final Fantasy Are Crossing Over
Square Enix announced during a panel at PAX East 2018 that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be collaborating with Final Fantasy XV – one of their other major franchises. While they refrained from sharing any information on the crossover, they did say that news will be “coming soon” on that matter, most likely at the game’s official unveiling event or at E3 2018. Since Final Fantasy XV has added outfits from other game franchises, such as Assassin’s Creed, it’s possible that the collaboration will be rather small.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Announcement Trailer