Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have announced that the Tomb Raider reboot has been delayed and will now arrive in the first quarter of 2013. The game, which has been high on my list since last year’s E3, was scheduled for a release this Fall.
Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics, released this statement on the Official Tomb Raider Blog:
A Message to the Tomb Raider Community
When Crystal Dynamics first set out to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, there were two goals that we were extremely passionate about. The first was to create a modern Tomb Raider game that would surprise and excite gamers. The second was to make this the best game of our careers, something we would be really proud to be a part of. We truly believe that we have something very special on our hands and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game’s release date by a few months, from Fall 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. We believe this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can’t wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.
This is the second high profile game in a little over a week that was schedule for a release this Fall to get pushed back to early 2013. But that’s a good thing; it helps the wallets and these games can only do better if they don’t release in a crowded season. Besides that, additional development time is a great thing and you can’t fault the folks at Crystal Dynamics for wanting to polish the game as much as possible. Unlike BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider will be on display at E3 and that’s a great thing. Can’t wait to see more of it.