Tomb Raider Timeline
With the latest Tomb Raider release almost upon us, now’s as good a time as any to look back on the series and see just how it’s progressed over the years. Presenting, our Tomb Raider timeline!
25 October 1996: The original Tomb Raider is released for Sega Saturn and Sony’s original Playstation. It provides a debut for one of the most famous of all video game heroines, Lara Croft.
” The original Tomb Raider provided the debut of the one and only Lara Croft back in 1996 “
19 November 1997: A sequel, simply titled Tomb Raider 2 is released for Playstation and Windows 95 to critical and commercial success, selling over 8 million copies worldwide.
December 1998: The third title, Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft was released for Playstation and PC.
November 1999: Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation is released on Playstation and PC. The following year, it’s also released on Sega’s ill fated Dreamcast and MAC.
July 2000: Simply titled Tomb Raider, the series makes it’s handheld debut on Nintendo’s Game Boy Color. A sequel, Curse of the Sword would later be released for the same console in August 2001. The series would go on to appear on various other handhelds, including Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance, DS and Sony’s PSP.
17 November 2000: Tomb Raider Chronicles marks the series’ final appearance on the original Playstation, and is also released on PC and Dreamcast. It actually sold relatively poorly, around 1.5 million copies worldwide, which makes it the second least successful entry into the series.
June 2001: Angelina Jolie plays the role of Lara Croft as the series makes it’s silver screen debut. Paramount Pictures’ Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was the highest grossing video game based film of all time, up until the release of 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Jolie reprised her role in the 2003 sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
4 July 2003: Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is the series’ first appearance on Sony’s massively popular Playstation 2 console. It was also released on PC, and later MAC. It would also be the last time that Jonell Elliott would prove the voice of main character Lara Croft.
7 April 2006: Tomb Raider Legend was the first entry in the series not to be developed by Core Design, as development duties were handled by Crystal Dynamics. The game was released on a plethora of consoles, including both Playstation 2, Xbox, Gamecube and various mobile devices.
1 June 2007: Tomb Raider Anniversary, a remake of the original, is released for Playstation 2, Xbox 360, PC and Wii. The latter featured exclusive content to utilise the Wii remotes unique capabilities, as various puzzles had been expanded into mini games.
21 November 2008: Tomb Raider: Underworld is a direct sequel to Tomb Raider Legend released for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii. The title saw the series shaken up in a number of ways, with improvements made to the controls (which had been criticised in previous instalments) and by creating a more interactive world, drawing comparisons with Naughty Dog’s acclaimed Uncharted series.
22 April 2009: Developer Eidos becomes part of Square Enix, meaning that the Japanese giant now owns the rights to the franchise.
18 August 2010: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, the first title not to feature the Tomb Raider name, was the first digital only entry into the series, released for the Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam. In a first for the series, it also places an emphasis on co-operative gameplay.
25 March 2011: A compilation of classic Tomb Raider titles are released in HD for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. This convenient package brought Legend, Anniversary and Underworld together on one disc.
5 March 2013: The latest entry into the series, simply titled Tomb Raider, marks a new beginning for the series. The reboot is to be released for Playstation 3, Windows and Xbox 360, and emphasises the origins of lead character Lara Croft. It seeks to highlight her growth as a character from a young, frightened woman to the hardened survivor that fans know and love. De Hawes again returns as the voice of Croft, a role that she’s had since Tomb Raider Legend in 2006.
So there we have it. What’s your favourite Tomb Raider title so far? And are you looking forward to the reboot? We can’t wait to review Lara’s new adventure!
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