TOMB RAIDER NEXT
Copyright 2000 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ October 16th 2000 ]
Raider Chronicles will be the last version to
appear on the Playstation, described by Core Design
boss Adrian Smith as "The culmination of all the
best things we've worked on so far with Tomb Raider."
The Next Generation will feature vastly improved
character animation, with Lara Croft packing over
5000 polygons on her body as apposed to her current
500 on the Playstation, and early images of Next
Generation demonstrate immediately the differences
between the current Eidos Heroine and Core's new
describes the new Lara model wearing a brown jacket
and a pair of blue jeans, while her trademark
hair remains tied and trailing down her back.
Her facial animations are "nothing short of brilliance"
in terms of stylised realism, and game play has
been compared to current FMV movie quality. New
environmental architecture has been introduced,
boasting fine and rich textures, accelerated atmospheres
influenced by many European cities, as well as
improved character AI which seamlessly meld into
characters will also be playable, offering seperate
adventures which will cross Lara's path throughout
the episodic based adventure game. The first of
two new playable characters is Curtis, described
as a streetwise guy sporting a leather motorbike
jacket. The second character remains a closely
guarded secret, protected in the studios of Core
Design, but charcoal drawings pinned to the studio
walls depict various baddies and fat men in suits.
Smith has commented in various interviews that
Next Generation will be aimed at a more mature
audience, with one image portraying a man hanging
from chains in a crucifix-esque pose ands a leather
mask covering his face. Smith also mentions that
Core are moving away from a new Next Generation
every year scenario. "No way," laughed Smith.
"We certainly won't be setting that precedent
again." Game play will be based on a series of
adventures, which the user will download from
the Internet, providing an infinite amount of
expansion to what Core describes as an epic story.
for the Playstation 2, Core has not released a
definitive platform list, but says that Next Generation,
which is only a working title, will not be a PS2
exclusive. Microsoft's XBOX has also been mentioned
along with several other platforms. "I won't confirm
it for Xbox today," Smith said. "There are certain
licensing issues involved. But put it this way:
Tomb Raider has always been developed on PC alongside
the PlayStation version. Go figure." The final
title is thought to focus more on Lara as apposed
to the continuation of the Tomb Raider title.
the final instalment of Tomb Raider as we know
it, focuses on four flashback adventures following
Lara Croft's apparent entombment in the Temple
of Horus at the finale of The Last Revelaton.
Reports also indicate that Core will dangle a
very big carrot at a press event just before ECTS,
along with footage from the upcoming Simon West
movie Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie as
Lara Croft. Chronicles is expected to hit the
shelves in Nov/Dec this year, with Tomb Raider
The Movie aiming for a Summer 2001 release, and
Next Generation shortly after.