Tomb Raider Reboot Falls to 2013

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Posted by Alex (2289 posts) -
Perhaps this delay was made to ensure they got Lara's excruciating grunts of pain juuuuust right.

Let the mass exodus to the first quarter of 2013 begin! Well, maybe it's not as dramatic as all that, but we now have our second major title in a week's time to move from a projected fall 2012 release to early next year.

This time it's Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot, which has officially been pushed to the first quarter of 2013. The news came in a forum post on Crystal Dynamics' website from studio head Darrell Gallagher. According to Gallagher, the push was made for the usual polish and quality reasons, and in service of making the best possible product.

We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. We believe this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can't wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.

The E3 comment is perhaps at least some small bit of solace for those anxiously awaiting Lara Croft's latest adventure. BioShock Infinite, which enacted its 2013 exit strategy last week, won't be at any of the upcoming industry trade shows. So at the very least, Tomb Raider fans will get to see some new stuff in a few weeks at E3.

Let's just hope this trend doesn't continue on too heavily, lest we suddenly find ourselves with a whole other holiday season's worth of major games in the first three months of next year. There are still enough major games on the release bubble right now to make that a terrifying reality.

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#1 Posted by Alex (2289 posts) -
Perhaps this delay was made to ensure they got Lara's excruciating grunts of pain juuuuust right.

Let the mass exodus to the first quarter of 2013 begin! Well, maybe it's not as dramatic as all that, but we now have our second major title in a week's time to move from a projected fall 2012 release to early next year.

This time it's Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot, which has officially been pushed to the first quarter of 2013. The news came in a forum post on Crystal Dynamics' website from studio head Darrell Gallagher. According to Gallagher, the push was made for the usual polish and quality reasons, and in service of making the best possible product.

We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. We believe this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can't wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.

The E3 comment is perhaps at least some small bit of solace for those anxiously awaiting Lara Croft's latest adventure. BioShock Infinite, which enacted its 2013 exit strategy last week, won't be at any of the upcoming industry trade shows. So at the very least, Tomb Raider fans will get to see some new stuff in a few weeks at E3.

Let's just hope this trend doesn't continue on too heavily, lest we suddenly find ourselves with a whole other holiday season's worth of major games in the first three months of next year. There are still enough major games on the release bubble right now to make that a terrifying reality.

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#2 Posted by ScreamingFist (365 posts) -

BAM

#3 Posted by Shaw (3 posts) -

Not Again :(

#4 Posted by joachimo (200 posts) -

aww

#5 Posted by Clonedzero (4200 posts) -

i'm fine with this. i hope this trend starts spreading game releases out more. i hate how every big title comes out in the fall. annoying for my budget.

i was probably going to skip this game, but now with a more budget friendly release window i might just get it. good on them!

#6 Posted by BonOrbitz (2212 posts) -

As Bill Cosby once said: That's okay, take your time.

#7 Posted by brownsfantb (396 posts) -

Normally I'd be super pissed that the two games I was most excited about were delayed till next year. But, my Fall semester of college is going to be brutal and I'm not going to have anytime to play games anyway.

#8 Posted by Scodiac (473 posts) -

Delay season is starting up.

#9 Posted by Superfriend (1564 posts) -

Hey all you guys who have been screaming about "every game ever" being released in 2012:

This is what happens every year! We won´t have a "crowded" fall or winter because a lot of games are going to see delays.

#10 Posted by X19 (2306 posts) -

I want it to be the best it can be so I will happily wait.

#11 Posted by Aetheldod (3623 posts) -

They are still making Tomb Raider games???? Thats news to me

#12 Posted by face15 (1303 posts) -

That's lame, I was looking forward to it.

#13 Edited by RoyCampbell (1096 posts) -
@Aetheldod said:

They are still making Tomb Raider games???? Thats news to me

The most recent and original Tomb Raider title was a downloadable first released 2 years ago and that one was actually pretty good, and this one looks really great.
#14 Posted by Glottery (1319 posts) -

Somewhat interested in this, but don't mind the delay. Enuff other games still coming *very* surely this year, so one or two games hoppin' over to 2013 won't matter.

#15 Posted by BrockNRolla (1702 posts) -

Don't care!

#16 Posted by Pepeman (112 posts) -

AC 3, Hitman, GTA 5 (?), Dishonored, Skyrim DLC, Borderlands 2, Darksiders 2 Will keep me occupied well into next year so no worries. Also, my body is ready for Max Payne 3 QL, where is it!?

#17 Posted by phrosnite (3518 posts) -

My 3rd most anticipated game of 2012 got delayed :( I hope it'll be worth the wait.

#18 Posted by Shaka999 (487 posts) -

Pure curiosity, is anyone really looking forward to this? Perhaps it's because I have absolutely no history with Lara Croft outside of a demo of (I think) the last major release, but I just don't care.

Again, not trying to bash the game but... meh.

#19 Posted by Ghostiet (5289 posts) -
@Shaka999 said:

Pure curiosity, is anyone really looking forward to this?

I'm super stoked. I enjoyed the Legend/Anniversary/Underworld reboot, but that formula ran out pretty quickly, especially since Uncharted came and was doing the same thing a lot better.

This is a new take that if it's polished and not super janky, can be great.

#20 Posted by Dogma (975 posts) -

@Shaka999: I never really liked the Tomb Raider games but this have made me very curious. I'm really hoping that I will like it because I think Tomb Raider allways had potential but I have never really liked the gameplay. This seems fresh and intreresting. Very excited to see this during E3. They have yet to show the public the more open world part of the game.

So in my case it has nothing to do with me having a history with the game, but rather the other way around. This reboot is what I want to hopefully get exicted. It looks promising.

#21 Posted by upwarDBound (654 posts) -

That's too bad.

#22 Posted by Mikular (163 posts) -

@Pepeman said:

Also, my body is ready for Max Payne 3 QL, where is it!?

This. Properly fiending for it, and it's nowhere to be found!

But on topic, I have the same faith in this push back that I do with Bioshock. Well, maybe not completely, but I'm hoping for the best.

#23 Posted by darkvare (770 posts) -

as much as i love polished games this might mean the game will have to compete with bioshock infinite and i don't see that as a good idea at all

#24 Posted by csl316 (8928 posts) -

: (

#25 Posted by Tidel (360 posts) -

Expected.

#26 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@Mikular said:

@Pepeman said:

Also, my body is ready for Max Payne 3 QL, where is it!?

This. Properly fiending for it, and it's nowhere to be found!

Yes. Yes. Yes. This. A thousand times, this.

#27 Posted by emergency (1193 posts) -

Bit of a shame, was looking forward to groaning my way through this.

#28 Posted by leejunfan83 (996 posts) -

@Napalm said:

@Mikular said:

@Pepeman said:

Also, my body is ready for Max Payne 3 QL, where is it!?

This. Properly fiending for it, and it's nowhere to be found!

Yes. Yes. Yes. This. A thousand times, this.

#29 Posted by RVonE (4657 posts) -

BOOOOOOO!!!!

#30 Posted by ArcadiaExeter (86 posts) -

son of a fuck! first bioshock and now this. i dont even know if i have anything im looking forward to this year now.

#31 Posted by ShuaReborn (75 posts) -

Awh man! Well I guess that's ok, because I've got too many games to play right now.

#32 Edited by RetroVirus (1479 posts) -

Let's hope its not to work on multiplayer.

#33 Posted by Undeadpool (4957 posts) -

Hopefully to reduce to level of throaty, torture porny grunts?

#34 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4606 posts) -

@Ghostiet said:

@Shaka999 said:

Pure curiosity, is anyone really looking forward to this?

I'm super stoked. I enjoyed the Legend/Anniversary/Underworld reboot, but that formula ran out pretty quickly, especially since Uncharted came and was doing the same thing a lot better.

This is a new take that if it's polished and not super janky, can be great.

Survival-horror game set on a mysterious desert island? You're damn right I'm looking forward to it, even if it's just to see how it turns out. I have no history with Tomb Raider, but that element is probably the only reason you're playing as a chick, and I could use a break from Gruffy McFrowniface the Protagonist Man for a while.

#35 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! (again)

#36 Posted by Commisar123 (1796 posts) -

Too bad, but there are still plenty of interesting games coming out this year

#37 Posted by TPoppaPuff (265 posts) -

I'm sad but I completely understand and am very willing to wait. The gameplay shown at the demo looked amazing and appeared so smooth and fluid the only thing to compare it to is Uncharted 2 and 3. If this game is gonna move as beautifuly as those titles it's worth the wait.

#38 Posted by Morriana (11 posts) -

Unfortunate, but I felt like this was going to happen anyway. :<

#39 Posted by binhoker (82 posts) -

it was probably wise of them to decide not to release a tomb raider this year, as it apparently is no longer 1996.

#40 Posted by Orange_Pork (602 posts) -

Huge bummer. Can we at least get some new grunty moany gameplay videos at E3?

#41 Posted by JackSukeru (5921 posts) -

I've been interested in this game from the beginning with the way they've positioned it as "open world survival", but aside from that basic idea I really have no clue what the game will actually be like. Because of this, I'm very much looking forward to seeing some details come E3, but I'm also not that torn up about this delay.

#42 Posted by Smokey_Earhole (474 posts) -

Once again, having more to do with fall 2012 monster lineup øf Black Ops 2 and Creed 3, than stated reasons about polishing the game.

#43 Posted by SmilingPig (1340 posts) -

So no xbox 720 and PS4 untill late 2013 minimum.

#44 Posted by StriderNo9 (1134 posts) -

Another highly anticipated game is delayed. Love this new trend the last few years.

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#45 Posted by Nac (55 posts) -

The usual Polish reasons, eh?

#46 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

Not surprised at all. Their presentation at last year's E3 looked like a cinematic with some button prompts on screen to give the impression of interactivity. They didn't have a game at that point.

#47 Posted by jakob187 (21689 posts) -

To be honest, I'm not even mad about all the delays into the first quarter of next year. It means that we will yet again have another awesome year in 2013. Moreover, I would expect a lot of these delays are to give a big financial year to the consoles on their last year before new hardware hits.

#48 Posted by AzurePhoenix (20 posts) -

@Shaka999 said:

Pure curiosity, is anyone really looking forward to this? Perhaps it's because I have absolutely no history with Lara Croft outside of a demo of (I think) the last major release, but I just don't care.

Again, not trying to bash the game but... meh.

*Raises hand*

I've never played a Tomb Raider game before because the entire tone of them was off-putting, but I'm quite interested in picking this one up. I'm glad both this and BioShock have been put back until next year, that gives me Christmas to clear the stack of Vita games I'll have accumulated in the Autumn so I can actually pick both of them up.

#49 Posted by Zaccheus (1797 posts) -

Man another game pushed to next year? It's probably a good thing though. Seems like they are taking this reboot very seriously. Would be nice to be excited about a Tomb Raider game again.

#50 Posted by joelalfaro (582 posts) -

Good!

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