EIDOS MISSES MOVIE
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ June 15th 2001 ]
carrier Yahoo! Inc. reports today that Eidos Interactive,
the games publisher that owns the rights to Core
Designs Tomb Raider adventure series, will lose
millions by electing not to release a Lara Croft
episode this year to coincide with the movie release.
"Lara Croft: Tomb Raider", is released on Friday
[ today Ed. ] in the US, and comes to the UK next
month, but Eidos says it will not release a new
Tomb Raider game until next year because of differing
production schedules in the gaming and movie businesses.
Eidos says it [or rather Core Ed.] is overhauling
the game to take advantage of newer, more powerful
gaming platforms such as Microsoft's Xbox and
Sony's PlayStation2. The only tie-in will be with
the film's DVD release in November, which will
include information on new Eidos products.
with many video-game companies, Eidos has been
the victim of a cyclical downturn in the gaming
industry, as consumers switch to a newer generation
of platforms. The company reported a loss of £97.3m
in the year ended 31 March, down from profits
of £25.2m for the previous year. The company
has received £1m in licensing fees from Paramount
for film rights, but industry analysts say the
company could have stood to rake in far more from
a new game introduced at the right time.
the article fails to mention is that Core Design,
the studio responsible for creating the Lara Croft
character, has come under intense criticism in
the past for annually shipping out it's Tomb Raider
titles to maximise on the Christmas influx of
computer software sales, albeit with a persuasive
nod from rights owner Eidos Interactive.
Raider Next Generation is expected to roll-out