After the relative success of the Tomb Raider reboot last year, Crystal Dynamics is now working on Lara's next adventure.
Or at least, we assume they are. It sucks that it took nearly nine months just to break even on the last project, but that sounds like some really poor budgeting and planning on Square Enix's part. I'm willing to bet it's at least part of the reason why we're seeing this Definitive Edition now.
But that's not the purpose of this piece; the question is simple- what should we expect next? What will Lara's next quest be like? Do you want it to be just like last year's well-received title? Or do you want the developer to do some things differently? Me, I'm usually a big proponent of moving forward and progressing and making things better. However, given the absolutely fantastic design of Tomb Raider , I really don't want Crystal Dynamics to change much of anything. The control was tight, the environment was splendidly engaging, and it was the perfect blend of linear and open-world components.
All I want is for the writers to further explore Lara's transformation from standard civilian to warrior. They just didn't do enough with it in last year's reboot. Granted, it's by far the best – and possibly the most defined – iteration we've seen to date, but it just had so much potential. Much of that potential was left in the wake of absurdly unrealistic action sequences, so I'd like a more believable narrative the next time around.
If they can do that and keep everything else relatively similar, I'll be quite happy. How about you?