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“Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light” Screens

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics announced that they were working on “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light”, a downloadable adventure that, interestingly enough, has left the name “Tomb Raider” behind.  Well, curious fans, here is a first look at the new game. (Courtesy of Kotaku)

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Like what you see?  According to Gamespot, the game will have both single player and co-op modes.  In co-op, a second player controls Totec, that guy chucking spears in the second screen.  Based on the screens, it seems like much of the puzzle solving in the game will revolve around using teamwork to trigger switches and so on.  The other major difference between this game and the “Tomb Raider” series is the camera.  The entire Tomb Raider series had the camera set directly behind the player; these screens use a wide-set overhead camera style.

Well now that you have a better idea of what’s in store, what do you think?  Can the “Guardian of Light” return Lara Croft to her former place as one of gaming’s biggest stars?

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Lara is Croft is “Tomb Raider”, No More

Publisher Square Enix announced today that “Tomb Raider” developer Crystal Dynamics are working on the entry in the “Tomb Raider” series, with one small twist; the series will no longer be called Tomb Raider.  The new game, called “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light”, is going to be released as a downloadable game on PSN, Xbox Live and WiiWare.

While some may question the decision to drop a successful brand name, the reality is that the era of the “Tomb Raider” franchise has come and gone.  Lara Croft, meanwhile, is an iconic character and synonymous with the franchise.  By giving her top billing, Crystal Dynamics shakes the cobwebs off an antiquated brand without giving up mass appeal.

The announcement said that the game will be released later this year, but there will more information about the game at GDC next week.

UK City Names Street After Lara Croft

The city of Derby, UK has announced that they will be naming a street after hometown hero Lara Croft.  Core Design, the developer behind the Tomb Raider series, was based in Derby.  Last July, The city council asked the public for suggestions for street names.  The council narrowed the suggestions down to eight choices, which they put up to an online vote.  According to BBC News, over 89 percent of the vote went to “Lara Croft Way”.  City Councillor Lucy Care said; “Despite my lack of gaming knowledge, I accept that a majority of 89% for Lara Croft is too overwhelming to ignore…  She was created in Derby and deserves to stand alongside some of the more traditional icons of the city.”

Core Design all but disappeared in 2003 after publisher Eidos transferred responsibility for the series over to Crystal Dynamics and many key staff members left to create a new studio, Circle.  The actual studio was shut down in 2006, though the brand “Core Design” still belongs to Eidos.