5 interesting facts about Tomb Raider on the occasion of the release of a new game in the series
Shadow of the Tomb Raider was announced on March 15, 2018. Eidos Montreal is responsible for developing the game, known for creating games such as Thief, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. According to the plot of the new game, Lara Croft will visit many places, in particular in Mexico; as for the gameplay, in this part Lara will mainly act secretly, attack enemies using disguise (for example, hiding in the jungle). The plot of Shadow of the Tomb Raider begins a few months after the events of the last part - Rise of the Tomb Raider, developed by Crystal Dynamics.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming out today, September 14th, on Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Below you can find some interesting facts about the Tomb Raider game series in general, as well as about Lara Croft herself.
The developers came up with Lara Croft immediately
During the development of the first game of the series, designer Toby Gard considered several possible versions of the hero of the franchise. In the early stages, they wanted to make the main character a man, but in order to dissociate the game from the Indiana Jones series, Gard and the team decided to choose a woman as the protagonist. And at first the heroine was a warlike Latin American named Lara (sometimes Laura) Cruz. Then, however, the heroine decided to give a more “British” name and settled on the Croft surname.
Croft Manor was created in just a few days
The first game about Lara Croft was released in 1996 - on PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn. Work on it began in 1993; in total, the creation of the game took about 18 months. At the same time, however, Gard developed the Croft Manor location (Croft's estate and the training level of the game) in just a couple of days, inspired by the building of the Core Design studio.
The game has real, historical places
Although Lara sometimes fights with mystical powers and finds herself in fictional locations, there are also places of historical significance in the game. For example, when the events of the game move the heroine to Peru, Croft also visits Wilcabamba, the last refuge of Manco Inca Yupanka, the ruler of the Inca empire, after the invasion of the conquistadors.
The French archaeologist, who became the prototype of one of the characters in the game, was not happy about this
The French archaeologist Jean-Yves Empereur, who discovered the ruins of the Faros lighthouse (one of the seven wonders of the world) near Alexandria, was unhappy that one of the characters was copied from him (the character was also a French archaeologist named after Jean-Yves ) The fourth game of the series - Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. In 2001, he received an apology from the developers of the game.
Tomb Raider immediately became a hit
The first franchise game topped the charts of the best-selling games almost immediately after release; while she held first place for months (despite the fact that Super Mario 64 was released a few weeks earlier); as a result, about seven million copies of the game were sold. In addition, the game gave a serious impetus to sales of the first PlayStation.
In general, at the moment, more than 40 million copies of the Tomb Raider series games have been sold worldwide.