When it comes to iconic video game characters, archaeologist and adventurer Lara Croft has earned her place alongside greats like Legend of Zelda's Link, Metal Gear Solid's Solid Snake, and Splinter Cell's Sam Fisher. Lara first appeared in the 1996 game Tomb Raider, and would go on to star in a series of follow-ups before the franchise was rebooted in 2013 with another game - also called Tomb Raider.
The reboot was essentially an origin story that plucked an eager but inexperienced young Lara from the wreckage of a ship and threw her onto a treacherous island full of creatures and people that wanted to kill her. Players went along on a journey with Lara as she was horribly injured in increasingly terrible ways and experienced the trauma of being forced to kill for the first time (followed by the cheery murder of about another hundred people).
The first trailer for upcoming sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider showed Lara in therapy, trying to recover from her experiences, but the latest trailer returns to what players are familiar with from the first game: Lara attempting to survive in a hostile environment as it crumbles all around her. This time it's an icy cliff face and a death-defying fall for the intrepid explorer. Let's hope that whatever is at the top of the cliff was worth it.
Tomb Raider is one of the few video game properties to have had a movie tie-in that wasn't a total failure. The 2001 movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starred Angelina Jolie in the lead role and scraped just enough money at the box office to score a sequel. There have also been moves towards a Tomb Raider movie reboot within the past couple of years, though so far it hasn't got any further than acquiring a screenwriter in Evan Daugherty (TMNT).
Check out the box art for Rise of the Tomb Raider below:
Tomb Raider proved to be a successful reboot of the series, with 8.5 million copies of the game sold as of April 2015, so it's no surprise that a sequel was put into development at Crystal Dynamics so quickly. Unlike the previous entry, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an exclusive for Xbox consoles upon its initial release, though it's possible that it may release on PC and PS4 at a later date.
The Xbox exclusivity does make a certain kind of sense, since the PS4's upcoming exclusives include Uncharted: A Thief's End, the latest in a series that has a very similar premise and gameplay to Tomb Raider but features rugged charmer Nathan Drake as the protagonist. Incidentally, Uncharted also has a movie tie-in in development that was supposedly going to release in June 2016. Given that it's still without a director or a lead, that's not looking too likely right now.
Did Tomb Raider's 2013 reboot convince you to return for another adventure? Sound off on this trailer in the comments.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will release on Xbox consoles in late 2015.