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Tuesday, August 22, 2000

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Tomb Raider Chronicles Details
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Yesterday we brought you the news that the next installment in this ultra-successful franchise would ship with its own editing tools. Today, Eidos has filled in the rest of the picture by officially announcing Tomb Raider Chronicles for PC, Dreamcast, and PlayStation. Due in Q4 2000, this fifth installment in the third-person adventure series will be yet another slight evolution in gameplay and engine, rather than a complete revolution. This is actually quite good news for Mac gamers, as the use of the same engine virtually guarantees that Aspyr Media and Westlake Interactive will port this game to the Mac OS.

No longer confined to pyramids and caves, Lara will explore high-tech environments and use the tools of stealth and assassination. With the addition of a sniper rifle and grappling hook, she will be prepared to conquer urban environments and even the inside of a German U-boat.

Blue's News was quick to publish the press release from Eidos which details this upcoming title. Here is an excerpt with more information:

Eidos Interactive, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive software products announced today Tomb Raider Chronicles is coming for the Sega Dreamcast, Sony PlayStation game console, and PC CD-ROM in November of this year.

Tomb Raider Chronicles features four of Lara Croft's previously untold exploits, each comprising a separate adventure and offering brand new insights into her past. The game takes place only a few days after The Last Revelation, beginning at a memorial service for Lara - her body has not been found.

After the service Jean Yves, Winston and the family Priest, Father Dunstan, retire to Croft Manor. As they collect their thoughts they reminisce about some of Lara's past adventures, each of which is introduced via FMV 'flashback' sequences.

The locations for Chronicles' four adventures feature the city of Rome, a German U-boat, a small Irish Island and a hi-tech tower block. Each episode has a unique focus and requires the player to adopt a different strategy.

The Irish levels (played as the 16-year-old Lara) depend on the use of cunning and guile rather than weaponry to deal with their many puzzles and traps. The U-boat has a 'X-files' feel, filled with action, whilst the Rome levels comprise classic Tomb Raiding adventuring. Finally, the Tower Block features hi-tech systems that require stealth, strategy and continual guidance from your companion, ZIP.

New features include additional moves and miscellaneous animations for Lara plus a wider variety of enemy animations. A 'search' option for Lara is included, enabling her to look through files, drawers etc. and take any items of use. New weapons include a sniper rifle and a grappling hook gun. New moves make use of tightropes, suspended bars (Lara may swing from bar to bar) and grappling ropes. The combination of bars and ropes requires the player to traverse areas in a wider variety of ways than previously seen.

While this series might be cited as the textbook example of how to milk a franchise for every last thin dime, we're sure fans of this series are eager to go globe-trotting with Lara once again. If and when Aspyr Media makes their move to publish this upcoming title for the Mac platform, we'll let you know.

In the meantime, The Adrenaline Vault has posted fifteen screen shots from Chronicles, which appear to be from the Rome levels of the game. We're sure more information about this title will be available in the near future.

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