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Monday, August 21, 2000
Fifth Tomb Raider to Ship With Tools
10:07 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Our partner Stomped directed us towards an article posted at fansite The Croft Times, a zine dedicated to all things Lara Croft, which mentions that map-making/editing tools for this third-person adventure game will be included in the next installment. Entitled Tomb Raider Chronicles, this variation will supposedly be the last in this extremely large and lucrative franchise; future titles will be based on a different engine and gameplay style.

According to The Croft Times, Core will engineer their in-house tool for release to the public, much as Bungie made Forge and Anvil usable by fans, and will release this editor with the next installment of the series. Here are details:

Designed by the original Tomb Raider team and modified for each Tomb Raider game, the editor software is unique to Core Design and Tomb Raider. Having received numerous requests from fans for the release of this tool, Core Design is now working on a modified version suitable for consumer use. The resulting system will allow users to create levels using the same tools that the Tomb Raider programmers use themselves.

The software includes a tutorial, allowing users to familiarise themselves with each tool before designing their own levels. Core Design and Eidos plan further support via dedicated webpages offering advice, troubleshooting and download updates such as new textures and enemies.

Before Mac fans of this game begin to drool, we must remind you of the extremely dismal record of editing tools making the leap to the Mac OS along with the game. From Heroes III to the recent port of The Sims, Mac versions almost never ship with editing tools, and they are rarely included as part of a porting contract, even when they are a large part of the game release on the PC side. Hopefully this trend will fade away, as many future games (from Neverwinter Nights to the Doom sequel) will include built-in tools for all platforms the games appear upon. In any case, there is no word of a Mac version of this fifth Tomb Raider game, although we are quite sure Aspyr Media is eyeing it -- if and when a Mac version is announced, we will find out if the tools will be included in the deal.

Aspyr Media
Official Tomb Raider Site
Croft Times on Tomb Raider V

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