One of the most iconic video game characters turns 25 this year: Lara Croft, star of the Tomb Raider action series. Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics announced a year-long celebration for the 25th anniversary, including interviews and live streams.
The anniversary celebration will examine each game in the series throughout its history at the new Tomb Raider 25th anniversary website.
“Over the last 25 years Tomb Raider has become more than a game and Lara Croft has risen to become a cultural icon,” said Scot Amos, Head of Studio, Crystal Dynamics. “We’re so proud to be a part of this rich tapestry of adventure, but we recognize the true credit belongs to the fans! The amazing Tomb Raider community has made all of this possible and we look forward to celebrating with them his historic milestone and for many decades to come.”
Each month this year will feature a different game from the series, beginning with the original Tomb Raider from 1996. Crystal Dynamics will release developer interviews and retrospectives, as well as host community activities and live streams and playthroughs.
This would be a good year for a new Tomb Raider game announcement, wouldn’t it? The press release teases the following statement: “Fans of Tomb Raider and Lara Croft can look forward to additional franchise announcements over the course of the year.”
Tomb Raider games are available on all major gaming platforms, including PC, mobile, and consoles. The series was rebooted in 2013 with a younger, inexperienced Lara on her first mission, and spawned two sequels. The most recent, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, released in 2018. Older Tomb Raider games are rated T for Teen, while the modern trilogy are all M rated.