Coming off of a film adaptation that some heralded as the first truly successful video game film, Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise is hotter now than ever. Since its ‘90s debut, the archeology-and-gunplay game has always treasured exploration and puzzles over, well, actual treasure. When it was rebooted in 2013 to show a more realistic, relatable Lara Croft and doubled-down on storytelling to define the heroine’s backstory and rise to legendary status, the road back to the character fans knew was already paved.
From Tomb Raider to Rise of the Tomb Raider, there was always going to be a final chapter - a The Dark Knight Rises for Lara Croft’s Batman. Now, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is on its way and, with its first full-length trailer, the explorer is putting the finishing touches on an identity the gaming world has known for two decades.
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Dubbed “The End of the Beginning” trailer, it shows Croft (voiced by Camilla Luddington) with plenty of journey-themed dialogue in the clip, saying that “I’ve come so far. I’m not turning back” and “After all I’ve sacrificed, I have to wonder, what will I become?” The camouflaged and stab-happy Indiana Jones is on the run from jungle mercenaries, spooky rituals, and other dangers of the profession - all with plenty of her classic tools.
She scales cliffs, lights up caves, and escapes drowning (in the trailer’s most squirm-inducing reference to past games). This is a hardening Lara, faced with the supernatural mindgames of Temple of Doom, but rearranged to feature the Maya. Her survival seems likely, but this trailer asks us, at what cost?
Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, and Steam on September 14.