The first piece of official artwork for Square Enix's upcoming game Shadow of the Tomb Raider has been unveiled, showing Lara Croft armed to the teeth and looking a little worse for wear. This month saw the release of a movie based on the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, starring Alicia Vikander in the lead role, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be the third entry in this particular iteration of the video game franchise.
Although the game wasn't officially announced until last summer, the existence of an in-development sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider was first uncovered in November 2016. We recently learned that the game is set for a September 2018 release, and Xbox has released a brief teaser for the game that shows Lara running, fighting and climbing her way through a Mesoamerican jungle setting.
The artwork was shared on the official Tomb Raider Twitter account, and you can also download a high-resolution version from Flickr. There are two major elements of note in the image (aside from Lara herself, of course). The first is the solar eclipse happening behind her head, which means that we could be dealing with apocalyptic prophesies again, and fits very well with the title of the game. The second is the pyramid in the background, which appears to be Aztec or Incan. After all, it wouldn't be a Tomb Raider game with a tomb to raid!
Congratulations to the community for unlocking the first look at Lara Croft in Shadow of the Tomb Raider! ?️
— Tomb Raider (@tombraider) March 30, 2018
Right now the Tomb Raider website has a puzzle game called Path to the Stars that you can play, and also has a timer counting down to a reveal event on April 27th - must likely a full-length trailer for the game. Square Enix has said that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will mark "Lara Croft's defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider" - the final step in a journey that began with a young and very inexperienced Lara Croft going on her first adventure in 2013's Tomb Raider.
Both of the previous entries in the series received high praise for their gameplay and storytelling, as well as their fresh take on one of gaming's most iconic characters. Anticipation for Shadow of the Tomb Raider is naturally high, and if Lara's appearance in this picture is anything to go by, players will be able to get into all sorts of dangerous situations out in the jungle.
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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on September 14, 2018.
Source: Square Enix