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Tomb Raider Dev Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Charity Bundle

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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
  • Pandemonium

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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Here’s The First Image of Lara Croft in Upcoming Film Reboot

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The first official image of actress Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft has surfaced. In an interview with GQ Magazine, director Roar Uthaug shares some information on the 2018 film’s direction and video game influence, and shares our first official look of the new Lara Croft.

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Lara Croft

Given the design and the origin story plot, the upcoming film looks to be based on the recent Tomb Raider video game reboots. When asked if it’s based on the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, Uthaug admits “that game was certainly part of what inspired our film.” He goes on to mention that the film will be more grounded and realistic than other special effects-heavy video game adaptations. Uthaug also teased that there will be elements of the 2015 sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider as well.

Developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix, Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider were both well-received by fans and critics. They were trumpeted as taking an aging and somewhat embarrassing video game icon in Lara Croft and giving her a much-needed makeover, as well as compelling emotional stories written by Rhianna Pratchett.

The 2018 film isn’t the first Tomb Raider adaptation. That honor goes to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), both starring Angelina Jolie. The films were panned by critics, though the first film was financially successful.

Video game film adaptations are almost universally awful, a trend that continues to this day. Hopefully Tomb Raider (2018) can reverse the trend. At least the images look solid, and we can all agree that Roar Uthaug is an incredible name.

The film is currently in the middle of production, and also stars Daniel Wu. It’s set to release almost one year from today, March 16, 2018.