Copyright 2002

[ October 20th 2002 ]

Eidos Plc, the UK-based video-games publisher, is reportedly locked in talks with Sony Entertainment Corp to meet the high-profile November 15th launch date for the upcoming Tomb Raider adventure The Angel Of Darkness. Several gaming factions last week reported that the Japanese console giant has blocked the release until substantive criteria is met. Playable demos tendered to both the E3 and ECTS trade shows earlier this year came under fire from critics who branded the new control system unmanageable.

According to the press, Eidos has failed to submit a game to Sony for approval, a process that normally incurs a three to four week testing period. As a result of a rumoured delay which would avoid capitalising on the vital Christmas trading period, Eidos shed 17 per cent from its share price at close of trade Friday. However, the company may well recoup some losses after Hitman 2: Silent Assassin - the sequel to the BAFTA award nominated Hitman: Codename 47 - shot straight to the top of the ELSPA charts compiled by ChartTrack, stealing the crown from Nintendo's Super Mario.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is classic Lara as both hunter and hunted relying on her ingenuity, athleticism and a new edge that has arisen from her dark inner demons. The game employs a brand new engine built from the ground up to fully utilise the power of PlayStation 2 and the latest PC graphics cards. The latest Tomb Raider adventure is penned to run for an initial three episodes with a possible spin-off series featuring Lara Croft's new co-star Kurtis Trent.

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