Note to the Fans
This is the message that is available in the game 'Tomb Raider: Anniversary', from the start in the Rewards menu, without the need to collect anything.
It's hard to believe it's been over a decade since the original Tomb Raider game was released and the world got their first taste of Lara Croft. At that time, games had just really started moving into 3D and Tomb Raider was hailed as a landmark achievement from both a technical and gameplay standpoint. A powerful heroine, epic environments, and a world that players could really immerse themselves into were all elements that helped Tomb Raider stand out from the rest of the gaming landscape.
Fast forward ten years and things have progressed quite a bit. There have been monumental advances both in terms of what we can do with the hardware and the quality of the experience we can provide to you, the player. It was a combination of these reasons and the fact that Lara was turning ten (in game years) that inspired us to create a brand new game heavily inspired by the original TR - not just a remake, but something more. From the very first development meeting, we all agreed we wanted it to be something that would serve as both a tribute to the fans for many years of support and also give players who missed Lara's debut the first time around a chance to experience one of her earliest adventures.
We wanted to recreate all the parts that people remembered and then throw in some new areas to keep veterans on their toes. We strove hard to find the right balance of nostalgia and freshness and to create an experience that captured the sense of isolation so prevalent in the original. The story was simultaneously expanded and tightened up so as to realize the full potential of the tale and provide more insight into the various characters. And while we almost duplicated TR in some regards, we took this opportunity to update some aspects of gameplay - like Lara's movement - to something a bit more contemporary.
The old and the new; the familiar and the undiscovered; the mix of the past and the present that is at the core of every Tomb Raider experience was at the core of our efforts on this game as well. A game that holds true to its predecessor yet still stands out as a thrilling adventure all on its own. The game you have loaded right now is the culmination of those ideals.
The entire team and I hope you have a great time joining Lara on her quest for the fabled Scion of Atlantis and that you're as excited as we are about what's in store for Lara and Tomb Raider in the next ten years. Happy gaming and thanks to you all for a decade of loyalty and support!
Creative Director, Tomb Raider: Anniversary