Leak hints at a recast Lara Croft for new Tomb Raider game

Information about the next Tomb Raider game, which will be made using Unreal Engine 5, has leaked online.


The Tomb Raider reboot trilogy was both a commercial and critical success. Unfortunately, the games started to show cracks at the end of their run. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which came out in 2018 and was developed by Eidos-Montréal, was the "worst" of the bunch - and the most expensive project too.

We're still hoping that the next Tomb Raider game honors the events of the previous titles.

Despite the criticism, the Survivor Trilogy still ended up selling around 35 million copies in total, as of the latest tally. Microsoft reportedly even paid $100 million for the rights to keep Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to the Xbox and the PC for one year in 2015.

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TLDR; the Survivor Trilogy was a financially successful endeavor for Crystal Dynamics, which was still then owned by Square Enix.

So, you can only imagine the shock when Colin Moriarty made claims about the upcoming Tomb Raider game.

It will be interesting to see what Tomb Raider will look now that it won't have to worry about Square Enix's rather "economical" approach to video game development.

According to the proven industry insider, in his Sacred Symbols podcast (via ComicBook), the next Tomb Raider game has been designated the name "Project Jawbreaker" by Crystal Dynamics.

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Moriarty explains that a leaked script hints at a potential Lara Croft recast with Crystal Dynamics featuring a more seasoned protagonist in her mid-30s that's already "at the top of her game." This would imply that Crystal Dynamics will use a different mo-cap actress, which is surprising considering the performance of Camilla Luddington.

What's even more interesting about Moriarty's leak is that the upcoming Tomb Raider title will see Croft working with a team at her side. The game will also reportedly take place "in a modern-day world rocked by a mysterious cataclysm."

Lara Croft is a video game iconic. She deserves to have another proper outing made using the best resources available.

Moriarty's claims don't corroborate the earlier speculations that the next Tomb Raider game is a remake of the original but they don't necessarily contradict them either.

Ultimately, the only thing guaranteed at the moment is that Crystal Dynamics is working on a new Tomb Raider game and it will be made in Unreal Engine 5. It's wishful thinking, but we're hoping that find out more about the next Tomb Raider game by August at Embracer Group's Summer Gaming Showcase.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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