PowerWash Simulator is a surprise PC hit from last year where you’re a person in a full-body suit shooting a hose of pressurized water at dirty targets. Your simple yet addictive goal is to clean everything you see that is dirty. Now it’s coming to consoles, and to commemorate the occasion, the development team has cooked up your biggest challenge yet: Lara Croft’s mansion.
Some weird news entered the video game industry in the last few hours — Amazon is getting involved in Tomb Raider. Hearing this name in relation to the brand is rather unexpected, as for one thing, the TR property is currently owned by someone who ISN’T Amazon, and two, Amazon rarely gets involved in things it can’t own 100%.
Sometimes it pays to stay up late. Around 11 PM Pacific (or 8 AM in Europe, which will make sense in a minute), Square Enix made the announcement that it was henceforth abandoning any and all plans to produce video games with a distinctly Western flavor. We’re talking the content produced by Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal, and Square Enix Montreal — studios that weren’t originally Square studios but were brought under the umbrella when Square wanted to target the West more aggressively.
There will be no E3 this year, but in case you were hoping for the next Tomb Raider to be revealed anyway….uhh, you’ve actually got a much longer wait. Crystal Dynamics admitted today they are only just NOW getting started on that game. Blame Marvel’s Avengers for taking all their time up to now.
Lara Croft is 25! And to celebrate Tomb Raider’s anniversary, Square is doing….nothing, game-wise. They are, however, selling a new series of collector’s art pieces based around the existing games in the series, which will be available for a limited time starting today. And yes, we are talking about actual, printed art pieces, not URLs to digital files that cost hundreds of dollars and accelerate the pace of global warming. Square doesn’t work that way….yet.
There was a Tomb Raider game released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003. Subtitled “The Prophecy,” it was a sidescroller much like its Game Boy Color predecessors, because no one figured a 3D Tomb Raider could be done on the underpowered handheld. Turns out they were wrong.
Epic has Fortnite cash to burn, and it isn’t afraid to throw it around to make its Epic Games Store a serious competitor to Steam. They’re using that cash to do something Steam won’t — give away free games, and not the throwaway kind.
The Tomb Raider series turns 25 years old this fall, and Square has…pretty much nothing planned in celebration. As a substitute, they’re showing off video games we DIDN’T get..like Tomb Raider Ascension, a survival horror game planned by Crystal Dynamics in the early 2010s.
Tomb Raider is about to follow the footsteps of Castlevania!
There hasn’t been even a whisper about a new Tomb Raider from Square since the last release came out two years ago. We know the team behind the most recent trilogy has had their hands full with Marvel’s Avengers recently…but now that that game has underperformed, maybe we can get back to Lara, hmm? It’s been our hope that whatever comes next will be a departure from the recent doomy, gloomy, mopey world the last three main titles have used. A return to the fast-quipping adult Croft and her outrageously far-fetched adventures around the world would be nice.
Hey, you. Bored at home? Presumably you are, if you care about flattening the curve and preventing our nation’s hospital system from being overrun (look up the grim news from Italy right now if you don’t see why this is important). Many companies right now want to encourage self-quarantine, and they’re doing so by releasing some of their content for free. Here are some of the cool things you can read, watch and play for $0 right now….
For those of you who were waiting to purchase Shadow of the Tomb Raider until all its DLC content had been wrapped up in a bow in a “Complete Edition,” the time is coming soon. Square Enix announced that Shadow Of The Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will be released for consoles and PC this November.