Tomb Raider Reboot Delayed Until 2013

Is it just me, or does it seem like some of the most anticipated titles are constantly being postponed to release next year instead of later this year?  With news breaking last week that Bioshock Infinite is being delayed until 2013, we can go ahead and add the Tomb Raider reboot to the list.

Now as I’ve said before, I’ve never been much of a Tomb Raider fan…but I was seriously looking forward to this!  Below you can read a message from David Gallagher, Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics:

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.

If this statement holds true, then the Tomb Raider reboot better knock our socks off when it releases.  I am all for a studio taking extra time to perfect a video game, but expectations will be extremely high and hopefully the crew at Crystal Dynamics can fulfill them.  If you have questions, concerns, or any opinions to voice, you can interact on the forums here and be sure to check back for any updates on the Tomb Raider reboot!

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