The latest Tomb Raider reboot might just have more than a new Lara, new moves and mechanics, and a new origin story to share. A Crystal Dynamics job listing suggests that the studio is planning to add some sort of online component to the game, which would make Tomb Raider the first title in the core franchise to support multiplayer.
Here's the boilerplate from the producer listing that was once available over at Gamasutra. It mentions that Crystal D is looking for a dude or dudette with "demonstrable project experience" to handle a "production role" in the multiplayer portion of an upcoming "action-adventure title." The assumption here is that it's Tomb Raider that ad is referring to.
"Crystal Dynamics is looking for a talented, enthusiastic, and highly organized individual with demonstrable project management experience to take on a major production role in the multi-player part of an upcoming action adventure title. For this role, we are looking for an individual with outstanding communication skills and a proven track record in production, having successfully produced or managed a team designing multi-player parts of an AAA title."
== TEASER ==As Destructoid notes, this is pure speculation on our part. Crystal D could be, after all, just looking for people to implement multiplayer into another, unannounced action-adventure game it's working on. We're biting on this speculation, though, because it seems unlikely that Crystal D has two games this far along in the development process.
It's obviously unknown what kind of multiplayer this could be. In the Lara Croft downloadable, Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light, Lara partnered up with Totec to solve various co-op-focused puzzles. As MTV notes, co-op seems to be the safest guess, as Tomb Raider "Odd Ball" or "Infection" competitive game types seem pretty silly. But, hey, we don't know anything for sure.
Tomb Raider is set for a 2011 release on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.