CORE DESIGN STILL TRADING: OFFICIAL
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[ June 8th 2006 ]

According to a statement on the official Core Design web site, the company that gave birth to cyber heroine Lara Croft is still very much trading. What's more, they've promised exciting announcements on future development.

"Following forum speculation that Core Design is no longer trading, we're pleased to say we're still very much here, so worry not. In fact, we're waiting to officially announce some very exciting news very, very soon. Watch this space."

This contradicts earlier reports that Eidos had sold off the assets of Core Design - including its workforce - to UK studio Rebellion, but had retained the "Core Design" name for legal reasons, possibly due to copyright attachments to the Tomb Raider brand and franchise.

Core Design paved the way for 3D action-adventure gaming in 1996 with the release of Tomb Raider. The game's main protagonist, Lara Croft, went on to become one of video-gaming's most prolific female heroines, spawning six further adventures, two motion pictures and a string of promotional tie-ins.

The Derbyshire-based studio also produced the ground-breaking, squad-based shooter Project Eden and warmed the hearts of Disney lovers by introducing the insatiable Herdy Gerdy and his technicolor capers to console owners.

Following massive restructuring after the release of The Angel Of Darkness - both in terms of mission objectives and Eidos' plans to streamline its business - the studio refocused and geared its workforce to create and develop titles for Sony's PSP. Smart Bomb and Free Running were born.

Speculation is rife that Core Design is currently reworking the original Tomb Raider video-game for a special 10th anniversary edition planned exclusively for the Sony PSP console, to be released later this year.

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