Eidos Montreal head David Anfossi has said that fans of the rebooted Tomb Raider series can expect an E3 Tomb Raider surprise this year, likely meaning that we’ll be getting gameplay for the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which is expected to conclude Lara’s storyline for the time being.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be taking Lara to the deep jungles of Central America, where she will once again fight the shadowy military organization Trinity while attempting to stop a Mayan apocalypse from taking place.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider promises an apparently much darker storyline and a more experienced Lara, whose years of adventuring and the various things that she’s encountered have made her a seasoned treasure hunter. We’ll apparently be seeing this in the E3 Tomb Raider surprise through the traversal and platforming mechanics that are a hallmark of every Tomb Raider game.
A big part of Lara’s various adventures is climbing sheer cliffsides with the help of some rope and her trusty climbing axe, and considering all of the isolated jungles that she’ll be going through in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, players will likely be doing the same sort of stuff all over again.
However, Anfossi has also said that there are new mechanics that will make the traversal and platforming in the game even better, though he didn’t really elaborate on that. We might get new tools and new ways to platform, but until we see anything at E3, we’ll have to take Anfossi at his word.
Both rebooted Tomb Raider games have gotten a lot of success when they were released, and Shadow of The Tomb Raider has a lot to live up to. Anfossi has said that the story will be very character-driven and very focused on Lara, with a great deal of “show don’t tell” in its story.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider comes out on September 14 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, and the E3 Tomb Raider surprise will likely be at one of the big conferences at the event, though whether Playstation or Xbox, who knows.