Today, not only we but the entire Tomb Raider community kicks off the 25 Year Celebrations. The very first Tomb Raider game was released on October 25 in 1996 – so this year marks 25 years of our iconic heroine Lara Croft. Not only the fans are celebrating but so is Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider’s developer since 2006, and they have already released an exciting video announcement promising a full 25 Years Celebration year ahead.
New Tomb Raider Game Announcement
In said video, Tomb Raider Game Director Will Kerslake states that there are “no plans for a major game announcement in the new future” which is, though, an announcement that another Tomb Raider game WILL come. In fact, Crystal Dynamics is working on unifying the Tomb Raider Reboot and Classic timelines – something for which every fan has always hoped to happen!
Besides that, community features, nostalgic content, and other surprises have been announced by the Community Managers Meagan Marie and Neha Nair. You can watch the full video below:
Tomb Raider 25th Anniversary Community Book
A well-known and beloved Tomb Raider fan and community member, Nicolas Croft, came up with another absolutely wonderful idea to celebrate 25 years of Tomb Raider – a community book. Nicolas asks the fans for their testimonials regarding their love for Tomb Raider. The book will be send to the current developer Crystal Dynamics “to show them our love and support for Tomb Raider and Lara Croft”. The submission deadline is set to August 31, 2021. You can send in your written love for Tomb Raider, Lara Croft and/or Crystal Dynamics right here. Everything collected will be held confidential until the publication of the book and its delivery to Crystal Dynamics. So, if there is anything you have ever wanted to share regarding your Tomb Raider passion, this is your chance!
25 Years of Tomb Raider video by Official Fansite Lara Croft PT
The official Tomb Raider fansite Lara Croft PT came up with another surprise video to celebrate 25 years of our beloved heroine. Hosted by the lovely Melonie Mac, the video features an interview with the original voice of Lara Croft, Shelley Blond, and contains a lot of other surprises. Outstanding new art is revealed and Lara Croft PT managed to bring all classic Lara Croft voice actresses together for the first time ever! We recommend to definitely check out the full video below:
Brand-new Tomb Raider Fanart
It is no secret, that the most talented fans are inherent in the Tomb Raider community. As part of Lara Croft PT’s video interview mentioned above, a couple of breath-taking new Tomb Raider fan art was revealed. This includes art by Inna Vjuzhanina, Arts by Alex, Lito Perezito, Lushies-Art, Keith Byrne, and many, many more! Make sure to check out the video description of Lara Croft PT’s video interview to check out, like and follow all of these incredibly talented artists (see some examples below)!
Updated Official Tomb Raider Website
Besides everything else, the official Tomb Raider Website has just been updated to officially kick off the 25 Year Celebration, starting with Tomb Raider I (1996). Today, a Franchise Feature: The Trophy Room, featuring the most iconic artifacts of every Tomb Raider game so far, was released.
Make sure to check it out!