Tomb Raider Corner: My Wishes For Tomb Raider's Future
Article by @laraglasses
Cover Art: @illyne_cosplay
Tomb Raider is, of course, very important to so many of us. Going as long as we have without a
major release has been difficult, especially seeing so many other franchises constantly getting
installments. Tomb Raider has been collaborating with many different IPs and brands lately,
such as Fall Guys, The Walking Dead and PowerWash Simulator. This has helped us know that
Tomb Raider is, in fact, not dead, and it is just taking a very long time to get a new release. That
all being said, I personally have my own wishes for how I want the franchise to go moving on.
We all do, and they’re likely all different. I would like to use this article as a conversation starter,
and I invite everyone who is reading to comment their own wishes under the social media posts
linking to this article.
The Classic Era’s main strength to me is its level design. Sure, it’s gotten wonky at times (Tomb
Raider 3 I am death-staring you even though I love you) but overall it creates this sense of
vibrant exploration and wonder. Something I hope that the next Tomb Raider takes from this era
is its intricate level design. The feeling of exploring St Francis Folly for the first time in Tomb
Raider 1 was utter magic. To me, that level felt like a real place despite it being so fantastical.
This is the feeling I would like TR12 to replicate. Additionally, and this is a much more superficial
want, but I would love it if Lara had her long hair again. The feeling of launching Lara across a
gap and having her long braid follow behind her was so powerful to me. The gracefulness of
that braid swinging behind Lara after she just finished killing a yeti is such a unique vibe. Finally,
I would love the music of Tomb Raider to be more like it was in the classic era again. Of course,
I’d love to see elements of all eras plus some new things in the musical composition of the
game, but I would love to see the classic era’s motifs make a return. Tracks like Tomb Raider
3’s “Something Spooky In That Jungle” , Tomb Raider 1’s “St Francis Folly” and many more
create such a sense of intrigue and magical exploration.
The LAU (legend/anniversary/underworld) Era is such a beloved era, and for good reason. The
main thing I would love to see make a return here is the acrobatics. Particularly in Tomb Raider:
Underworld, I felt invincible. It created this feeling of gracefully flipping and diving through
dangerous and treacherous tombs and that's exactly how I think about Lara, thriving within the
chaos and loving every minute of it. Additionally to this, I would love to see Lara’s personality
take on some traits of how she was in this era. Underworld Lara is my favorite version of the
character, she is so headstrong and confident while also having some humanity and emotion to
her. I love the way she interacts with the other characters. You really get a sense that she
knows them, positively or negatively, and Keeley Hawes does such a fantastic job of conveying
it. Lastly, something I would love to see adapted into the next Tomb Raider is the level variety of
both Classic and LAU. You go to so many different locations in both eras and the full
globetrotting experience is something I feel is necessary for Tomb Raider. It helps you really
feel like Lara Croft, going out and exploring the entire world in search of what she wants. Also,
there's just the benefit of things feeling more fresh and new rather than it feeling like you’ve
been in the same location for too long.
The Survivor Era is, of course, controversial. I understand why it is, but I love it. I haven’t always
had the affinity for it that I do now, but I really do have a special place in my heart for the
Survivor era. The main strength of this era is its combat I believe. I would love it if Crystal could
find a way to combine cover shooting and free form acrobatic combat. Perhaps they could have
a system where you can press a button to take cover rather than Lara doing it herself, and if you
don’t press the button you are in a more free form combat mode. I think it's important to return
the series to its roots without disregarding what we learned in survivor. Lara is written
exceptionally well in this era, and the quality of writing is something I think needs to be
maintained. As well as having her feel like an older version of the character presented in
survivor, who has gained more confidence and has become the Lara we know and love without
losing herself within that process. Another thing I would love to see return from this era are the
bow and axes. These are part of Lara’s iconography now. I would love to do some crazy
acrobatic tricks with the axes, or backflip headshot someone with the bow. I think there are tons
of opportunities for over the top, campy combat here, and I really hope it isn’t missed. Of
course, Lara needs her duals, these are essential. However, I don’t think her bow or axes
should be swapped out for this.
In conclusion, I would love Tomb Raider to learn from its past mistakes and successes. I truly
believe this next era of the series has the potential to be the best we have had. What are some
of your wishes and wants for the franchise? Let us know, I know I can talk about it all day!
Thank You very much for reading, I’m excited to read your thoughts! Make sure to follow @tombraiderinfinite for all your latest Tomb Raider News, Cosplay, Fan Art, and more!