When Uncharted: Drake's Fortune arrived back in 2007, many called it a Tomb Raider for a new generation.
Four years later, we consider Naughty Dog's new franchise to be one of the best in the history of the industry, while we await the Tomb Raider reboot, an attempt to rejuvenate an ailing series and character icon.
And while it's likely that Naughty Dog used Lara's past adventures as inspiration for Uncharted , the tables are reversed now and game director Justin Richmond says "it's an honor" to see Crystal Dynamics using Drake's adventures as inspiration.
"It’s an honour, but at the end of the day I just hope that those guys make an awesome game. The reason we make these games is so that we can play them. I’m really interested to play the new Tomb Raider.., we’ve always been very open as a studio, go to GDC [Games Developer’s Conference] and there’ll be 15 talks about exactly how we made the game. We don’t hide that stuff.
And there’s a reason for that, we want to bring the whole industry up and raise the level of the games being made. I think the Tomb Raider guys are doing what they want to do and they’ve made some bold choices with the way they’ve approached the design of Lara. I haven’t played it but I hope it comes out really amazing."
As for the Lara redesign, we've already stated our approval , and we wouldn't be surprised if Crystal Dynamics took a few hints from Naughty Dog's playbook. And there's nothing wrong with that, as Richmond says. Here's hoping!
Related Game(s): Tomb Raider