Tomb Raider Reboot Delayed into 2013

I hate to start the week with bad news, but here it is. Crystal Dynamics has just announced that their upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise won’t see release until the first quarter of 2013.

The game, simply titled Tomb Raider, was originally scheduled to be out later this fall. Crystal Dynamics’ reason for the delay was to add polish and make sure the game live up to expectations.

Darrel Gallagher, head honcho at Crystal Dynamics released this statement earlier in the day.

When Crystal Dynamics first set out to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, there were two goals that we were extremely passionate about. The first was to create a modern Tomb Raider game that would surprise and excite gamers. The second was to make this the best game of our careers, something we would be really proud to be a part of. We truly believe that we have something very special on our hands and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game’s release date by a few months, from Fall 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.

We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. We believe this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can’t wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.

Gallagher did try to stem the collective “groans” of Tomb Raider fans by releasing a new screenshot for the game which you can see above…that and promising that the game will make a splash at this year’s E3 which will take place next month.
Source: Eidos Forums (via Kotaku)