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Post by Eorl @ 09:49am 13/08/13 | 2 Comments
We’ve made some decisions at Crystal Dynamics last week around the second project we’re working on, which has resulted in a small number of roles (roughly 12) becoming redundant as we re-scope the project. This doesn’t affect the Tomb Raider development team, who as confirmed last week are well into production on a next-generation sequel. We’re a close-knit team at Crystal and wouldn’t be making these changes if we didn’t feel it was absolutely necessary. We’ll help those affected as best we can and we want to thank them for their hard work and commitment. If anyone is looking for development talent, please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch direct.AusGamers wishes those affected by the closures are able to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
Post by Eorl @ 11:18am 02/08/13 | 4 Comments
According to the note from Rogers, Square Enix is working on a number of next generation projects, "including Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which were announced at this year’s E3, and Thief coming in 2014." The note also very briefly touched on the fact that a next-generation Tomb Raider sequel is well into development, and something that we presume will be revealed sooner rather than later.
Square Enix launched the newest Tomb Raider title in the franchise earlier this year to great success, with AusGamers rewarding it a 9 out of 10 in our review. Obviously with such a resounding success in a rebooted franchise, it is somewhat of a no brainer that Square Enix would be looking at continuing that success through to next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
First and foremost, we are a games company and today we devote most of our time and effort into developing new and rich gameplay experiences, worlds and characters. At the same time new business models have risen up, which we periodically will try to explore. I know this can be frustrating for some long-time fans of our games, particularly if it seems that we’re heading in unfamiliar directions without much in the way of explanation. Explaining our approach to these opportunities is something we’re working to improve on. That said, we need to experiment and adapt or it’s likely we won’t always be in a position to keep investing in the ways we need, to build-out our games and offer excellence to you, our gamers.As well as the very stern push that Square Enix aren't abandoning the next-generation market, Rogers also revealed that their senior teams in Americas and Europe are working on various platforms, including "cutting-edge tablet and mobile games (such as the recently released Deus Ex: The Fall), to live and online PC games (our now in beta Heroes & Generals)."
For those who may want to raise their concerns or questions, Rogers has welcomed feedback through his email address, though he can't promise he'll respond to every question. For the full letter you can find it over here which is a great read for those wanting to know how Square Enix plans on bringing its developers into the next generation of gaming.
Post by Eorl @ 01:45pm 20/03/13 | 6 Comments
Each of the three maps will be playable on all four multiplayer game modes and will see the island's indigenous Scavengers pitted against the crew members from the shipwrecked Endurance.
Currently the DLC is available exclusively for Xbox 360, however will be made available for PlayStation 3 and PC later on. Check out the trailer below.
Post by Eorl @ 10:46am 16/03/13 | 9 Comments
The new hair setting was previously quite taxing on even the most high-end systems, causing large framerate drops when turned on. The new update has now lowered the amount of memory costing for the realistic hair but also increased simulation and graphical qualities.
We have just made public a new version of the PC version of Tomb Raider, build 1.0.722.3. This patch will be applied by Steam automatically when you next start the game. If your game does not update, please restart the Steam client.Among the new changes are also fixes to Nvidia graphics card users who found the title more taxing then AMD users. A new driver has been released that coincides with the Tomb Raider patch, hopefully increasing performance among several GeForce GPUs.
We’ve been working closely with NVIDIA to address the issues experienced by some Tomb Raider players. In conjunction with this patch, NVIDIA will be releasing updated drivers that help to improve stability and performance of Tomb Raider on NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. We are continuing to work together to resolve any remaining outstanding issues. We recommend that GeForce users update to the latest GeForce 314.21 drivers (posting today) for the best experience in Tomb Raider.You can grab the new drivers here for 32-bit and here for 64-bit, and can also find the full patch notes available on Steam here.
Post by Dan @ 11:06am 06/03/13 | 0 Comments
News of a new movie comes by way of film blog Variety, who waffle on about the game franchise's history, before mentioning the intended departure from the Angelina Jolie films, back toward the new game's fresh portrayal.
Crystal Dynamics have their own film version of “Tomb Raider” in mind now that the game is out.The new Tomb Raider game is now available on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Check out the new "Day One" launch trailer below.
Post by Eorl @ 10:13am 05/03/13 | 46 Comments
Tomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold.If you haven't yet, you can check out AusGamers review over here for what we thought of the latest Lara Croft title, but also check out our game page as well for more screenshots, trailers and news.
Tomb Raider is available now for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Post by Eorl @ 11:11am 27/02/13 | 15 Comments
Currently AMD is trialling the new technology in upcoming action title Tomb Raider, where iconic character Lara Croft will be giving a mane full of realistic hair that will surely combat any enemies along her way.
Lara Croft is an iconic character with an equally iconic ponytail. Re-imagining Lara and her haircut for the 2013 release of Tomb Raider wasn’t just an opportunity to modernize the character, it was an opportunity to substantially advance in-game realism by tackling the long-standing challenge of unrealistic hair. Through painstaking collaboration between software developers at AMD and Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider proudly features the world’s first real-time hair rendering technology in a playable game: TressFX Hair.For those interested in the new AMD feature you'll require a graphics card featuring the Graphics Core Next architecture, like the AMD Radeon HD 7000 series. You can check out a glimpse of the old and new hair compared below (more at our game page), but also swing by AMD's new blog for a more detailed outlook of the new technology. For those who haven't yet, you can also check out AusGamers fresh review on Tomb Raider over here.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:59am 26/02/13 | 24 Comments
At least that's the sense James "Jickle" O'Connor gave us with his review of the game, and dammit if the guys isn't more often right, we've no choice but to trust that this new Lara Croft opus has touched him in a positive way.
Click here for his full review to see what we're on about.
Post by Dan @ 12:01pm 22/02/13 | 3 Comments
Today's trailer offers a bit more of an idea as to the extent of both of those factors, demonstrating a wide array of Lara's new attack moves and strategies, and leaving a pile of dead people in her wake. Check it out below.
Tomb Raider is due on March 5th 2013, for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
Post by Dan @ 10:39am 12/02/13 | 2 Comments
The clip is narrated by Crystal Dynamics' Creative Direction Noah Hughes, who walks viewers through the Monastery Escape scenario from early in the game, demonstrating a variety of Lara's abilities and strategies in order to navigate the hostile environment on route to a scavenger shanty town.
Tomb Raider is due on March 5th 2013 for PC, XBox 360 and PlayStation 3. Watch the video below.