UNITED STATES: Amazon Games and Lara Croft will collaborate on the next big adventure to bring upcoming Tomb Raider title. Crystal Dynamics has announced that it will use Epic’s Unreal Engine 5 to develop the next game, which will continue to be handled by the studio.
Amazon to bring upcoming Tomb Raider game title
In 2018, the game series released its final instalment. Square Enix published Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Crystal Dynamics developed it.
It was generally well-received by critics and fans, but Embracer Group purchased the franchise rights earlier this year.
In a statement to the media, Christoph Hartmann, the vice president of Amazon Games, referred to Tomb Raider as one of the “most beloved IPs” in entertainment history.
Hartmann added that it is an honour for Amazon to work with the storied developer and franchise. He said that Amazon Games is committed to bringing high-quality games from the best developers across multiple platforms and genres to gamers.
With Tomb Raider: Legend in 2006, Crystal Dynamics assumed responsibility for the franchise’s development and have worked on every game that has been made up to this point, including the reboot trilogy, which just came to an end.
Scot Amos, Crystal Dynamics’ head of the studio, said that Crystal Dynamics has an extraordinary opportunity following the acquisition by Embracer to redefine what a publishing relationship is for Tomb Raider.
The untitled Tomb Raider will be the third published game in Amazon’s catalogue. It is also accountable for bringing the well-known Korean MMO Lost Ark to the West and will publish the upcoming MMO Blue Protocol from Bandai Namco.
Crystal Dynamics, a game studio based in California, created the action-adventure game Tomb Raider, in which Lara Croft, a British archaeologist, explores unexplored tombs worldwide, solving puzzles and battling villains.
The franchise has also influenced numerous feature films. The upcoming game, which does not yet have a release date and is still in its early stages of development, is still being developed by Crystal Dynamics.
However, Amazon will be the publisher, which means that it is collaborating closely with Crystal Dynamics on “creative support” and is in charge of things like marketing, shipping the book to various online and retail outlets, and advertising.
The upcoming Tomb Raider game will be Amazon Games’ first major single-player title. The company struggled for years to break into the challenging game development industry before eventually finding success with multiplayer online games.
It could be a significant step for Amazon to include a flagship, single-player game in its portfolio, which would also increase the company’s industry credibility.