What will become of Tomb Raider?

It’s now official, Embracer Group has just announced the acquisition of Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montreal and Square Enix Montreal studios. What will change for the saga Tomb Raider ?

No, it is neither Microsoft nor Sony that is buying the Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montreal and Square Enix Montreal studios, but Embracer Group as announced on May 2, 2022. This is one of the most important in the video game industry, even if it is not at the level of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. Fans are not unaware that behind one of the studios hides the famous saga Tomb Raider ; one of the most famous of all time.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider // Source : Square Enix

Square Enix has found a buyer to take over one of the most iconic licenses in the world of video games: the Embracer group. As a reminder, he already owns THQ Nordic (the series Darksiders). The deal was signed for nearly $300 million. This is an important acquisition, which will make it possible to relaunch important licenses — such as Tomb Raider. What should we expect now for the rest of the saga?

What changes for the future of the franchise

Crystal Dynamics announced on April 5, 2022 that a brand new Tomb Raider is under development. The studio had spoken during the presentation of theUnreal Engine 5while explaining that the next adventures of Lara Croft will be powered by the most powerful engine yet.

The next game was expected within a few months, even a few years. Crystal Dynamics studio said: “ We’ve just started development on our next game Tomb Raider, powered by Unreal Engine 5. Our goal is to push the boundaries of fidelity and deliver the high-quality, cinematic action-adventure experience fans deserve. the part of Crystal Dynamics and the Tomb Raider franchise ».

Good news: the project is maintained. In his press releasethe studio explains: “The acquisition provides a compelling framework for new releases of well-known franchises and original IPs, including a new Tomb Raider game. » The information is confirmed by Embracer Groupwhich indicates that Crystal Dynamics is indeed working on a future Tomb Raider.

On the other hand, fans of the saga might find it difficult to understand Square Enix’s intentions. It seems that the Japanese company wants to focus on other projects such as the integration of NFTs, cloud gaming or blockchain.

Source: Numerama by www.numerama.com.

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