Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Announced
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Having sold nearly 30 million copies worldwide, Tomb Raider may just be the most well-known gaming franchise ever. Overall, five games were created in a span of six years, which culminated with the surprising hit Tomb Raider movie.
After Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, the team at Core Design decided that it was time to rethink and retool Tomb Raider (instead of creating another "better-looking Tomb Raider"). The result is a new game entitled Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness that features a decidedly darker mood and introduces a brand-new character, according to a preview available today at GameSpot.
The new Tomb Raider game will also be three games in one. The GameSpot preview explains:
The Angel of Darkness will essentially be three games in one. That is, the game is split up into three distinct parts, each of which plays dramatically different from the others. Smith elaborates: "We've broken the game down into three chunks, and each one is a unique experience that involves a unique play mechanic. What we consider the traditional form of Tomb Raider gameplay is essentially the middle part of the game. It's what people have come to relate Lara with--lost cities, rich environments, and so on." It's here that Lara will travel to locations like Paris and Prague, and it's where she'll meet the game's new character, Kurtis. "A new character is actually something that we've been asked to bring into the game for a long time," says Smith. "Basically, Lara is the brain and Kurtis is the brawn. He's much more action-oriented than she is; he's the one who's always on the front lines. You know, he shoots first and asks questions later."The new Tomb Raider game will also incorporate elements from the role-playing and adventure genres:
Some of Lara's new moves clearly pay tribute to the likes of Metal Gear Solid.Smith wouldn't elaborate on the details for fear of spoiling the game's plot, but he says that this part of The Angel of Darkness will almost play like a role-playing game. It'll be decidedly slower than the last two portions of the game, and it'll involve character interaction, which is another element that'll be new to the series. "Lara will be able to talk to other characters and have her actions or inactions determine her outcome," explains Smith. "Different people will tell her different things, and how the player plays the game will affect how other characters deal with Lara. We were keen to introduce this sort of element into the game. It's almost like a traditional RPG element."Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is still in early development and is currently scheduled to ship in later this year. At this point only a PlayStation 2 and PC version have been announced, but given the fact that all the Tomb Raider games have made it to the Mac, it's probably a safe bet that this new Tomb Raider game will eventually make it to the platform.
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