Crystal Dynamics Teams With Amazon Games For New ‘Tomb Raider’

Amazon Games and Crystal Dynamics Strike Deal to Develop and Publish Next Major Entry in Iconic Tomb Raider Series
Photo Credit: Amazon | Crystal Dynamics

Lara Croft is coming back thanks to Crystal Dynamics and … Amazon Games? Yup, the next Tomb Raider will be published by Amazon’s video game department, but will Luna have first dibs when the title is released? Probably not, since Business Wire mentions the next installment of the action-adventure franchise will be multiplatform. Still, I wouldn’t put it past Amazon to try to give its streaming service a leg up on the competition by making some DLC or skins exclusive to Luna.

The vice president of Amazon Games, Christoph Hartmann, had a lot of corporate speak to throw out which ultimately said something along the lines of, “this is a popular IP. We’re totally not going to do something dumb with it.” The quote available at Business Wire doesn’t tell us much about the Tomb Raider game. However, what was interesting was how this could affect Cyrstal Dynamics.

Crystal Dynamics’s Scot Amos, the studio’s head, appeared to be very enthusiastic about the team-up under Embracer, saying, “Transformative is what we’re looking for, and with Amazon Games, we found a team that shares our creative vision, ambitions, and values for a Lara Croft universe across the spectrum of possibilities. They’re uniquely positioned to rewrite what publishing and development collaborations are…” Considering how the studio’s Avengers game turned out, a new Tomb Raider will probably be used to wash the taste of $14 character skin DLCs out of customers’ mouths.

Don’t worry. This does not mean that the next adventure of Lara Croft will be a Luna exclusive. Well, if it’s another outing with the timid, dull Lara from the recent reboot, it can stay on Luna. The new game will be multiplatform. Let’s hope it’s developed for the PS5 and XBOX Series X rather than the previous generation. Sorry, but if we’re going to get charged $69 for a game, it better be built from the bottom up based on the current generation of hardware. At least we know that what is coming our way will be a single-player outing developed with Unreal Engine 5.

[Source: Business Wire]

Mike Phalin

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