We now know who will be handling the publishing duties for the next Tomb Raider game now that Square Enix is no longer owns the legendary IP. Amazon Games announced on Thursday, December 15th that it has reached an agreement with developer Crystal Dynamics in which Amazon Games will be “providing full support and publishing the game globally.”
In an announcement post over on Amazongames.com VP of Amazon Games Christoph Hartmann said,
Amazon Games is committed to bringing players games of the highest quality, from the best developers, across all variety of platforms and genres, and we’re honored by the opportunity to work with this storied developer and franchise. Our team is incredibly excited about collaborating with the talented and visionary Crystal Dynamics team to bring the next chapter of Lara Croft’s saga to players around the world.
The next installment in the Tomb Raider franchise is as-yet untitled, though we do know that it will be developed in Unreal Engine 5. You may recall that Crystal Dynamics was one of the studios acquired by Embracer Group from former owner Square Enix earlier this year. Since Embracer Group is a holdings company and not a game publisher, Crystal Dynamics is now in a position to form new publishing partnerships.
As for the game, Crystal Dynamics statement reads,
The as-yet-untitled new Tomb Raider game is a single-player, narrative-driven adventure that continues Lara Croft’s story in the Tomb Raider series. It includes all the elements that have made Tomb Raider one of the most revered franchises in gaming, giving players control of the confident and multidimensional hero Lara Croft in an environment that rewards exploration and creative pathfinding, with mind-bending puzzles to solve, and a wide variety of enemies to face and overcome.
No further details are known for now, but you can bet we’ll be hearing more about it in the months to come.
Featured image via Amazon Games.