After numerous leaks and teases, we’ve finally had our first proper look at the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Hoo boy, does it look good.
I was already excited for the third instalment of Lara’s rebooted adventure anyway; 2013’s Tomb Raider and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider are two of my favourite adventure games of recent years. Even if it’s half as good as the last one, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is definitely going to be worth our time.
Compared to the Tomb Raider series of the 90s, Crystal Dynamics’ reboot has always been darker and more serious in tone, but judging by the new trailer, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is going to take that to a whole new level.
“What will I become?”
It seems that Lara is at some kind of crossroads, unsure of who she is becoming. The three-minute long trailer sees Lara fight and kill, and, with her hands bloodied, she literally asks, “What will I become?” Is the path of brutality one that she really saw herself walking down when she set out on her original journey to seek out the legend of Himiko in 2013’s Tomb Raider? Clearly not – and it looks like Shadow of the Tomb Raider is going to be when we see Lara facing up to the consequences of her journey so far.
Even its title – Shadow – suggests as much. Is Lara going to be facing some demons? Are we going to see a much darker side to her character? The trailer seems to suggest this could be a possibility. After all, with the violence she’s committed and endured in her previous two adventures, it’s going to have left more than just physical scars.
A passage of time
While Lara’s character model has undergone some changes over the last few years thanks to improvements in technology, this time she looks older, wearier. Rise of the Tomb Raider picked up one year after the events of the first game, and if Lara’s appearance is anything to go by, it looks like there might be an even bigger gap this time.
The trailer also shows us what appears to be Mayan civilisation, with Mayan architecture – a grand structure that resembles Chichen Itza – shown towards the end. Screenshots of the game also show a Mexican setting. The first Tomb Raider took us to Japan, and the second to Siberia and Syria. It’s another big change in location and begs the question: what has happened to Lara since we last saw her? What brings her to Mexico?
Releasing on 14th September on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, we don’t have much longer to wait to get an answer to Lara’s question. Just what will she become? I’m not entirely sure, but the trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider has me prepared for a very dark journey. I can’t wait.