Crystal Dynamics, best known for its Tomb Raider franchise, released a four-minute video celebrating the veteran developer’s 25-year history. “Crystal occupies a special place in the games industry. Over a…
This year, and July specifically, marks the 25th anniversary for Crystal Dynamics. Crystal Dynamics is best known for the venerable Tomb Raider franchise, which has collectively sold over 58 million copies. To celebrate, the developers have partnered with GameChanger to offer an exclusive 25th Anniversary game bundle.
“This is a momentous milestone for Crystal Dynamics, one we’re delighted to share with gamers everywhere by using this time to give back to charities that move and inspire us,” said Scot Amos, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “Our studio is full of passionate creatives who shaped Lara Croft and Tomb Raider into iconic franchises. Our developers constantly give of themselves, pouring their heart and their art into each game. Now we are giving back in another way through this GameChanger campaign.”
GameChanger gives money to children’s hospitals to support financial aid and video game gift packages. Like a Humble Bundle, the 25th Anniversary bundle features different tiers of games you can purchase depending on how much you wish to donate. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the GameChanger Charity.
“At Crystal Dynamics, we continually push ourselves to try and master the craft of storytelling through art, animation and innovation,” said Noah Hughes, Franchise Creative Director at Crystal Dynamics. “Our Crystal Dynamics 25th Anniversary game bundle provides an awesome sampling of that creativity. We’re confident that longtime fans as well as new players will jump at the opportunity to play all of this amazing history in a single download while contributing to children’s hospitals through our partnership with GameChanger.”
For a measly $1 you receive several older, non-Tomb Raider titles from Crystal Dynamics’ library:
- Legacy of Kain: Defiance
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
- Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain
- Project Snowblind
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2
Bump your pay up to $15 and you’ll receive several new and old Tomb Raider titles:
- Tomb Raider (2013)
- Tomb Raider: Underworld
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary
- Tomb Raider: Legend
- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
- Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
For $25 you receive all 12 games in the bundle. If you want to go above and beyond, $50 will also get you a GameChanger Charity swag pack. All game purchases are in the form of digital PC Steam keys. The goal is to raise $40,000 by the end of July.
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Tomb Raider developers Crystal Dynamics announced that new reboot writer Rhianna Pratchett will be moving on from the now two-game series.
“Rhianna was instrumental in helping us find Lara’s voice in the 2013 origin story,” writes Crystal Dynamics. “And through Rise of the Tomb Raider she shaped Lara into the evolving heroine we know today. The entire team thanks Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on the games.”
Pratchett took to twitter to express her own heartfelt thanks with the amicable split.
So, I’m packing up my climbing axe plus a little venison jerky for the road, and bidding a fond farewell to Lara. Onwards to new adventures!
— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) January 3, 2017
But, I like to think we did some good things. Maybe shifted the gaming landscape a wee bit. And that feels damn good.
— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) January 3, 2017
The recently rebooted series have received very favorable reviews. One of gaming’s most famous characters was re-imagined as a more realistic and gritty action heroine rather than a blow-up doll with guns. The sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, continued the same superior writing and gameplay. It was released as an Xbox exclusive in 2015 before coming to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in 2016.
For her work on Rise of the Tomb Raider, Pratchett won Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing from the Writer’s Guild of America Awards in 2016.
While her work on Tomb Raider has been her biggest yet, Pratchett has been quietly working as a writer in the video game industry for far longer than that. Her writing credits include Prince of Persia, Mirror’s Edge, and the Overlord series.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Lara Croft, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are giving back to the fans who have supported the franchise. During the launch week for Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, anyone who logs into the game will receive 100,000 in-game credits free of charge. This special gift is available for every platform internationally, so even players who’ve been fans of the series for only a day and live on the other side of the globe can reap the benefits of this offer. Read More
It’s often sad to see a key person on the developer team for a large and well-received game head somewhere else. Brian Horton, who was the game director for Rise of the Tomb Raider, and who also played a large role in developing the 2013 reboot of the franchise, has left Crystal Dynamics and Tomb Raider behind. Read More