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Old 14-12-07, 17:15   #1
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Developer - Crystal Dynamics
Publisher - Eidos Interactive
Release Date - 18th November 2008 (North America) and 21st November 2008 (Europe).
Platforms - Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2


For generations, stories have been told of the fearsome weapon of the Norse god Thor. Legend holds that he who wields the hammer has the power to smash mountains into valleys and the strength to destroy even the gods. For more than a thousand years it has existed only as a myth…until now. In an ancient ruin on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea, Lara Croft uncovers proof of the Norse underworld and the mythical hammer. As she attempts to unravel the secrets behind these myths, Lara’s perilous journey leads her toward a forgotten power that, if unleashed, could lay waste to all civilization.


Lara Croft

Lara is an adventurer, world traveller and archaeologist who seeks out relics and tombs, fuelled by an obsession to uncover the secrets of the great, ancient civilizations. She is a superb athlete, fluent in a dozen languages, and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She has been hailed both as an Archaeological Wunderkind and a glorified Treasure Hunter. There are thousands of rumors surrounding Lady Croft's exploits, invariably involving the unexplained or outright unbelievable. Lady Croft continues to be the focus of wild speculation and intense debate. Idealized and vilified in equal measure, she is perhaps one of the fascinating and enigmatic figures of our times.

Zip is the tech guy of Lara's team, responsible for providing technical and logistical support for Lara's endeavors worldwide - he's the guy in the van or the server room at Lara's mansion, and Lara's constant remote companion via radio headset. A wisecracking guy who's part ultra-techno-geek and part street savvy. He used to be over-the-top, but a few years in prison toned him down a notch and increased his resentment toward all things established. A former computer hacker, he works with Lara for the challenge and the thrill of it. He's personally loyal to Lara, and it really is the most fun he can have without getting arrested.

Alister is Lara's research assistant, providing another mind filled with arcane historical information, someone to bounce ideas off of, and provide quick additional research while Lara's in the field. He's in this to test his theories, uncover secrets noone else can, and because it's the only place his eccentric knowledge is really useful. Alister is tense and takes himself much too seriously.

Jacqueline Natla
Natla was one of the members of the triumvirate ruling the lost continent of Atlantis. However, she was later condemned for her misuse of power and was imprisoned in a capsule by the other two rulers, Qualopec and Tihocan. After escaping from her prison in 1945 during a nuclear test in Los Alamos, New Mexico, she took on the name Jacqueline and founded her own company called Natla Technologies using her scientific expertise and cunning. In 1996 she hired adventurer Lara Croft to search for Qualopec's piece of the Atlantean Scion in his Tomb located in Peru. Shortly after finding the artifact, Lara was attacked by another adventurer under orders by Natla. Knowing Natla had betrayed her, Lara went in search for the remaining two pieces in Greece and then Egypt. After obtaining the final piece, Lara was ambushed by Natla and her men. Stealing the now assembled artifact, Natla ordered Lara to be killed and left Egypt in her boat heading to Atlantis.

It is inside the Great Pyramid of Atlantis that Natla's grand scheme is revealed: to use the Scion's powers to breed a new race of mutant creatures. Realizing this, Lara made her best effort to destroy the Scion. Refusing to let her work be destroyed, Natla charged for Lara sending them both falling into a deep abyss. While Lara managed to grab a ledge, Natla continued to plummet into the lava pit below. As Lara tries to escape the pyramid Natla confronts her a final time, revealing her true appearance. After a fearsome battle, Lara defeated Natla and escaped the pyramid, leaving Natla inside when it exploded...or so Lara thought...

Mercenaries, panthers, sharks, spiders, bats, tigers and octopus. There will also be a large number of supernatural and ancient enemies.


The first level in TRU. Lara arrives at the Med in a luxury yacht after learning her father found something here shortly before he disappeared. At the bottom of the sea lies a submerged temple that hides a lot of the answers to Lara's questions.

Lara arrives at Thailand where she explores a dense and dangerous jungle. Within this jungle is a temple dedicated to the god Shiva. This is Lara's goal...

Southern Mexico
Lara explores ancient tombs where she attempts to gain entry into the Mayan underworld...

Lara explores the frozen islands of the Arctic Sea.

Graphics Engine and Environments

Lara Croft Model
  • Lara's body reacts to the weather and environment - if it is hot, she will sweat. If it is raining, the water will trickle down her body. If it is muddy, dirt will cling to her and gradually wash off due to the rainfall. Her clothes will also react to changing environmental conditions. Lara interacts with environmental foliage, sweeping it away as she passes through it.
  • Crystal Dynamics have introduced motion capture for the first time in a Tomb Raider game. Motion capture brings increased realism and fluidity to Lara's movements. CD have hired an olympic gymnast to provide animations for Lara.
  • Lara will have high quality facial animations and lip-synch.
  • TRU uses a realistic and dynamic weather system including torrential rainpour, thunderclouds and lightning. Each level will have its own weather system.
  • An improved physics engine means that the whole world is reacts to Lara's presence and has memory. Lara leaves footprints in the mud. Debris and bodies will no longer vanish, providing valuable markers of where the player has been in the massive game world.
  • An innovative lighting system moves beyond simple dynamic lighting to create stunning and realistic environments. A new piece of lighting technology called Spherical Harmonics is being used to make Lara appear connected with her environment; if she walks through green foliage, for example, her skin will take on a subtle green cast.
  • The game is more open-ended than ever before, giving players the choice of how to tackle puzzles.
  • Crystal Dynamics travelled on location to photograph the Mayan tombs ensuring a realistic look to the ruins.
  • All cutscenes are made using the in-game engine.
  • An overhauled camera system dynamically follows the action with theatrical angles to show off moves and provide directional hints.
Moveset, Acrobatics and Combat

  • Lara can now perform close quarters combat and melee moves. These moves are focused on repelling enemies so she can shoot them with less risk to herself.
  • Multiple targets can be shot, with one gun focusing on one target while the other gun focusses on another.
  • She can shoot while clinging from ledges and hanging onto ropes.
  • Environmental objects like spears can be used as weapons against enemies.
  • Adrenaline Moment are an alternative to the button matching mini-games from Legend or Anniversary, which causes a flash of slow motion, giving Lara a split second to evade dangers.
  • Crystal Dynamics' philosophy for TRU is 'what could Lara do?'. They claim that anything you want Lara to do or feel she should be able to do, she can!
  • Lara can now perform more free-form rock climbing similar to Assassin's Creed. She can grab and climb most surfaces.
  • Lara can perform a sprint move which enalbes her to get from one point to another much quicker.
  • The handstand is back.
  • Lara can balance on beams and vault and backflip along them.
  • Lara can rappel down vertical surfaces, perform wall kicks and melee kicks.
  • Lara can now bounce between 2 close wall surfaces to reach higher places.
Weapons and Gear

  • Grenades. Lara has traditional hand grenades and also sticky grenades which can stick to enemies before they blow up.
  • Spear gun for use underwater.
  • Tranquiliser gun for knocking out enemies.
  • Dual Pistols (which also work underwater)
  • Environmental objects (spears and lances)
  • Uzis
  • Shotgun
  • Lara will have numerous costume changes throughout the game with more available as unlockables. Lara will have traditional tomb raiding gear consisting of classic shorts and tank top. For underwater levels, Lara will have a wetsuit complete with respirator.
  • Environmental objects can be used in a variety of different ways, both as weapons and tools to aid climbing. Lara can pick up spears and lances and use them to jump over gaps.
  • The grapple hook tool is back and will have a major role in puzzle solving as it did previously. Grapple hooks are much less noticable and blend into the environment.
  • A Personal Light Source (PLS) will be attached Lara and can be used to light up dark passage ways.
  • Lara has a new sonar map. Lara can send out sonar pings and the reflected sound waves create a 3D map revealing hidden doors and clues. The sonar system isn't just for underwater use and works just as well on dry land.
  • Lara now carries a camera with which she films her discovery. She'll often speak into the camera as she films, cluing players into the path that lies ahead. In a similar way, Lara can now take pictures of her exploits - there's even a ten-second timer on her camera so she can set up that insane action shot as she leaps across a gap. These images will be uploadable to the Internet, so players can share their adventures and advise other gamers about secret locations and hidden pick-ups.
  • Lara's motorbike will return and this time it will have a greater role in puzzle solving.


Don't be afraid. Be terrified.

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Old 14-12-07, 20:05   #2
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Are any of the outfits known?
And thanks for the infomation.
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Wow, thanks so much for the thread.
Its glad to get some official info here + there..
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You should add that they use motion capturing .
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Thank you for the information, Undertaker. This is going to be quite useful.
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