Copyright 2002 www.tombraiderchronicles.com / Eidos Press Release

[ May 13th 2002 ]

Eidos Interactive, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces its line-up for the forthcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), held May 22-24 in Los Angeles, California. The key featured games on Eidos' stand include: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, TimeSplitters 2, Hitman 2: Silent Assassinand Deus Ex 2: Invisible War.

The Eidos stand (#1300) will be located in the South Hall. "I firmly believe that Eidos' E3 2002 line-up is our strongest ever," says Rob Dyer, president of Eidos Interactive US. "Every title in the line-up reflects our vision and capacity to produce high-quality, technologically groundbreaking and exciting games."

This E3 marks the eagerly awaited return of Lara Croft and it will be the first opportunity people will have to see the new game in the multi-million selling franchise - Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. The game will be released on PlayStation 2 & PC in November. A series of grisly murders brings Lara into conflict with a sinister Alchemist from the past, and a secret alliance of powerful individuals shrouded in mystery. At the centre of this conflict are five 14th century paintings - the Obscura Paintings, which the Alchemist is desperate to repossess. Accused of the murder of her one time mentor Von Croy, Lara becomes a fugitive on the run.

Pursued by the police, she is drawn into a dark world of blood, betrayal and vengeance spanning across hundreds of years. It is up to her to defeat this unholy alliance and stop them from unleashing their incredible powers on the world. Lara returns as both hunter and hunted and she must rely on her ingenuity, athleticism and a new edge that has arisen from her dark inner demons. The game introduces a whole host of new gameplay features including interaction with other characters and the capacity to improve Lara's abilities depending on how you play the game.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness employs a brand new engine built to fully utilise the power of PlayStation 2 and the latest PC graphics cards. Lara is now made up of over 5,000 polygons as opposed to just 500 in previous Tomb Raider games. The new face of Lara - Dutch model Jill de Jong will also be making regular appearances on the stand. At 6ft tall and measuring 34-26-38, Jill is a perfect incarnation of the world's number one cyber-babe.

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