• Tomb Raider 2013 was originally named 'Tomb Raider: Ascension', meant to be fully open-world

    An exclusive final hours edition of Tomb Raider released via Steam today. The video goes with behind the scenes of Tomb Raider with early thoughts and planning of the project.

    Early Lara model with a monkey

    The video reveals that Tomb Raider: Ascension was the original name during early concept of the recently launched Tomb Raider. The game world was going to be Open-World, with a very dark survival-horror theme and a emotional connection with a little girl Lara should protect; which then was replaced by a monkey, and finally removed.


    Early prototype with a horse

    The game was supposed to take inspiration from Resident Evil series, Shadow of the Colloseus and Ico. The game starts development in early 2009 and few images were leaked during July 2009. Crystal Dynamics also sacked many employees and hired new talented developers from Rocksteady, Rockstar, UBISOFT, EA and many more for the re-imagining of Lara Croft.


    Early prototype with a girl and a giant

    Maybe the concept was cool, but not proper for retelling a story. What do you guys think?



    Tomb Raider was released on March 5, 2013 for PC, PS3 & XBOX360. The game received 87% metacritic scores so far.
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. ZF3K's Avatar
      ZF3K -
      oh man, eto valo hoito na. :/
      Released TOMB RAIDER tai valo.
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Quote Originally Posted by RionB View Post
      oh man, eto valo hoito na. :/
      Released TOMB RAIDER tai valo.
      Shuru korso Tomb Raider?

      BTW, here's a video of that early prototype:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbJjcBC2rnc
    1. ZF3K's Avatar
      ZF3K -
      Quote Originally Posted by anik_lc View Post
      Shuru korso Tomb Raider?
      na, ekhono kori nai. looks like I gotta finish some other games first to space up HDD.
    1. Xperience's Avatar
      Xperience -
      i wanna play this game
    1. TaherTheRetard's Avatar
      TaherTheRetard -
      ami vabsilam tomb raider open world game
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Quote Originally Posted by fAzIL p0lA View Post
      ami vabsilam tomb raider open world game
      Its not open world, but the game gives you lot of freedom to explore the game world. You just can't pick which mission to play next.
    1. sammi's Avatar
      sammi -
      If it was named Ascension then people would mix it up with the new God Of War.
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Quote Originally Posted by sammi View Post
      If it was named Ascension then people would mix it up with the new God Of War.
      It would mix up more with 'Tomb Raider: Ascension' unofficial film released a few years ago.
    1. asif105878's Avatar
      asif105878 -
      monkey DLC incoming?
    1. anik_lc's Avatar
      anik_lc -
      Quote Originally Posted by asif105878 View Post
      monkey DLC incoming?
      Nope, this one dumped a long ago.
    1. proton_chain's Avatar
      proton_chain -
      In my opinion, this name would have sounded a lot better (completely ignoring similar naming scheme in other titles [games/movies/whatever]).
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