|Crystal Dynamics "well into development" on next Tomb Raider|
|Posted: 02.08.2013 10:02 by Simon Priest||Comments: 1|
Square Enix has revealed that the next Tomb Raider instalment after the highly successful origin reboot has been in the works for some time. Square boasted they've "a number of next generation projects" on the go.
A comic is set to launch early next year which will "lead directly into the sequel", said writer Gail Simone in July. It steps away from the "claustrophobic story" of the game and goes "globetrotting".
Square's US and Europe boss Phil Rogers also mentioned Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which were both unveiled at E3 2013, and Eidos' Thief.
"I am also excited to reveal that we are well into development on a next-generation Tomb Raider sequel - something you may have heard about recently!" teased Rogers. The Square Enix executive also addressed fan concerns that the company would be choosing mobile game development over consoles and PC.
"I can categorically say that we're not abandoning core, triple-A console and PC games," he assured. "We're working hard at improving how we develop our games and how we release them, and I want to explain that in a little more detail."
"First and foremost, we are a games company and today we devote most of our time and effort into developing new and rich gameplay experiences, worlds and characters," he explained.
"At the same time new business models have risen up, which we periodically will try to explore." Recently Square Enix released Deus Ex: The Fall for iOS, which led to some significant fan disappointment when they speculated it as a full sequel to Human Revolution. At least Square is bringing the Wii U exclusive Director's Cut and consoles.
"I know this can be frustrating for some long-time fans of our games, particularly if it seems that we're heading in unfamiliar directions without much in the way of explanation. Explaining our approach to these opportunities is something we're working to improve on."
"That said, we need to experiment and adapt or it's likely we won't always be in a position to keep investing in the ways we need, to build-out our games and offer excellence to you, our gamers," Rogers continued.
"We plan to share a fuller title release plan with you soon on games ranging from next-gen blockbusters (the above mentioned Tomb Raider sequel) to new cutting-edge tablet and mobile games (such as the recently released Deus Ex: The Fall), to live and online PC games (our now in beta Heroes & Generals)."
Deus Ex: The Fall stirred quite the controversy when it was discovered that legal versions of the game would 'lock out' users if their iPad or iPhone was 'Jailbroken', which frees the device of Apple's strict control. It has been deemed legal for users to employ Jailbreak on their devices, causing a fan backlash and subsequent patch release by Square.