Amazon Games to Publish Next Tomb Raider

Amazon Games to Publish Next Tomb Raider: On Thursday, the online retail giant announced that it would publish the next instalment in the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider video game series. Crystal Dynamics, a studio based in California, created the Tomb Raider video game series, starring the British archaeologist Lara Croft as she explored ancient tombs all over the world, battling bad guys and solving puzzles.

Square Enix, a Japanese company, has published the most up-to-date versions of the game, including 2018’s critically acclaimed Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Several movies have been based on the series. Crystal Dynamics are still developing the game, and while it is early in the process, a release date has not been set.

However, Amazon will act as the publisher, which means it will provide “creative support” to Crystal Dynamics and be in charge of things like promoting, shipping, and advertising the title across various retail and digital channels.

Amazon Games to Publish Next Tomb Raider
Amazon Games to Publish Next Tomb Raider

Amazon Games, which for years struggled to break into the difficult and insular world of game development, eventually found a niche with multiplayer online games, and the new Tomb Raider game will be its first major, single-player game published. Amazon’s reputation in the gaming industry could be greatly improved by adding a high-profile, single-player game to its catalogue.

For Amazon Games VP Christoph Hartmann, “it’s a huge moment for us,” as he put it in an interview. If you had told me four years ago that Amazon would be developing video games, I would have laughed in your face.

Amazon’s video game division, which has been operating for ten years, struggled under the leadership of Mike Frazzini, a longtime executive who left the company this year. Mr. Hartmann, a veteran of the video game industry and founder of 2K Games, which is responsible for popular titles like NBA 2K, was hired in 2018 and answers to Mr. Frazzini.

Google, which had also dabbled in video games, announced this year that it would be ending its gaming service, Stadia. This followed the shutdown of its internal game development team in 2021. Some people speculated that the same thing might happen to Amazon and its plans to enter the video game industry.

But last fall, Amazon released New World, a popular multiplayer title, and this spring, Amazon released Lost Ark, another well-received game. It’s possible Tomb Raider’s future will include more of the same.

Mr. Hartmann believes that time is on his side despite Amazon’s late entry into the video game industry and the company’s subsequent lag behind more established and financially sound competitors like Microsoft.

He remarked, “I’m not here to compete with anyone else in terms of who can make the best games; I’m here to make great games.” Scot Amos, studio head at Crystal Dynamics, has said that after completing a trilogy of games about Lara Croft’s origins, the next Tomb Raider game will return “to our roots,” though he has cautioned that it is too early to give many details.

When asked what they could do next, he replied, “There’s a logical evolution of what we can do there, as far as how we can actually give a bigger adventure and even more things for her to do and more worlds and mysteries for her to explore.”

The decision by Amazon to hire industry veterans has paid off. Since Amazon is still a relatively new player in the gaming industry, Mr. Amos’s studio had some reservations about working with them at first.

When Mr. Amos first approached Amazon about working together, “we didn’t know what Amazon’s group was like,” he said. We were aware that they had released a few games, but after chatting with Christoph, we realised that “Oh, by the way, we all have 25, 30 years of history in this business.”

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