Sad news, Lara Croft fans. Crystal Dynamics has today announced that the Tomb Raider reboot has been delayed until 2013.
Originally set to be released during towards the end of 2012, the game will now launch during the first quarter of next year.
Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics, made the following statement via the official Eidos forums:
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.
Sad to hear of the delay? Happy to wait? Either way, to ease the pain a little, Crystal Dynamics released a brand new screenshot from the game, hinting at the type of content you’ll see next month at E3. Check it out below, and be sure to let us know what you think.