Monday, July 19, 2004

The News We've All Been Waiting For

Tomb Raider 7 has been announced for release in the summer of 2005.

What a relief. I have a section of my gaming bookcase labeled 'PIECE OF TOTAL CRAP,' and now I know that spot will be filled next year. Until today, I was wondering what pre-alpha  would be released, Pirates of the Caribbean-like, in 2005.

Here's the funniest part of this announcement. In 2003, Eidos basically bet their entire fiscal year on Laura Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, and since their fiscal year ends June 30th, they had to ship it, even though it was barely in early-beta condition. This, in a corporate profitability sense, resulted in them puking all over themselves. The announcement I saw today said that the release date was 'Summer 2005.'


Now what if Eidos decides to combine the very fresh Lara Croft franchise with the equally fresh Hitman franchise. I think Bald, Boobs, and Buggy has a blockbuster ring to it. And if that's too edgy, I suggest Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Maybe It's Porn This Time. That's a 500,000 unit title, guaranteed.

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