Copyright 2007

[ December 14th 2007 ]

British actress Keeley Hawes will once again reprise her role as gun-toting archaeologist Lara Croft in Tomb Raider Underworld. The 31-year-old star of British TV will pick up from where she left off in Tomb Raider Legend for another round of globe-trotting exploits.

Tomb Raider Underworld pits Lara Croft in Southern Mexico where she must unravel the mystery surrounding the five missing days of the Mayan calendar, an apocalyptic time when the portals between the mortal realm and the Underworld dissolve, allowing ill-intending deities to causing disaster and mayhem.

The game courts a slew of new features including a brand new Next-Gen engine which uses a hybrid lighting model that combines dynamic lights with carefully created light maps to make Lara's world look stunning, alive and immersive.

Crystal Dynamics have also given Lara full motion capture to bring a more natural fluidity to her movements, with proper weight and secondary motion. Lara also interacts richly within her environment, pushing aside foliage as she tramples through undergrowth and vegetation.

Tomb Raider Underworld will court Next-Gen consoles including Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Windows PC. The game will release in 2008. Eidos is expected to officially unveil the title in the coming days.

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