5 interesting facts about Tomb Raider on the occasion of the release of a new game series

today. September 14. a new video game about Lara Croft – Shadow of the Tomb Raider. On this occasion, we talk about interesting facts about the popular game series and the cult heroine.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider was announced on March 15, 2018. For the development of the game is responsible studio Eidos Montreal, known for creating games such as Thief, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. According to the plot of the new game, Lara Croft will visit many places, especially in Mexico; As far as gameplay is concerned, Lara will basically act secretly in this part, attacking enemies by means of disguise (for example, hiding in the jungle). The plot of Shadow of the Tomb Raider starts a few months after the events of the last part – Rise of the Tomb Raider, developed by Crystal Dynamics.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is released today, September 14, on Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Below you will find some interesting facts about the Tomb Raider series of games in general, as well as about Lara Croft itself.

Developers did not immediately think of Lara Croft

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During the development of the first game of the series, designer Toby Gard (Toby Gard) considered several possible versions of the franchise's hero. In the early stages the protagonist wanted to be a man, but to separate the game from the series about Indiana Jones, Gard and the team decided to choose a protagonist as a woman. And in the beginning the heroine was a militant South American named Lara (sometimes – Laura) Cruz. But then the heroines decided to give a more "British" name and settled on the name Croft.

The Croft Estate is made in just a few days

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The first game about Lara Croft was released in 1996 – on the PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The work started in 1993; in total the creation of the game lasted about 18 months. At the same time, however, Gard developed the location of Croft Manor (the Croft Estate and the training level of the game) in just a few days, inspired by the Core Design Studio building.

The game has real, historical places

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Although Lara sometimes fights against mystical forces and is at fictitious locations, the game also contains places of historical significance. For example, when the events of the game move the heroine to Peru, Croft also visits Vilkabambu, the last refuge of Manko Inca Yupanqui, the ruler of the Inca empire, after the invasion of the conquistadores.

The French archaeologist, who became the prototype of one of the characters of the game, was not happy about this

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The French archaeologist Jean-Yves Empereur, who discovered the ruins of the Faros lighthouse (one of the seven wonders of the world) near Alexandria, was dissatisfied with the fact that he was copied from one of the characters (the character was also a French archaeologist at the estate of Jean-Yves) of the fourth game of the series – Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. In 2001 he received apology from the developers of the game.

Tomb Raider immediately became a hit

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The first franchise game was the hit list of the best selling games almost immediately after the release; while maintaining the first place for months (despite the fact that Super Mario 64 was released a few weeks ago); Eventually, it sold about seven million copies of the game. In addition, the game gave a serious push towards the sale of the first PlayStation.

In general, more than 40 million copies of Tomb Raider games have been sold around the world at the moment.