Shadow of the Tomb Raider First Trailer and Screenshots Released

In another sequence we see Lara trekking through the jungle, hunting and killing a group of heavily armed, full-armored, face-paint wearing mercenaries - using nothing more than a pickaxe, a knife and her dainty, wooden bow.

The new setting of what seems to be a Southern American forest gives off strong Predator and Apocalypto vibes, and really gives the developer a chance to show off its incredible lighting engine. This isn't just reflected in Lara's arc and narrative, but also in the gameplay. Graphically it hasn't moved much beyond Rise of the Tomb Raider, but the environments we saw in our first hour alone were more varied and stunning.

Lara goes from being hunted to becoming the hunter. There are still those annoying moments where a hand will slip and you'll have to quickly press a button to avoid her falling to her (incredibly gruesome) death, but they're very infrequent. While the demo wasn't complete (no tool creation or experience points to assign), right from the outset Lara was wielding rope arrows, Molotov cocktails, several (!) guns and more. From the motivations of Lara to the world she must explore, she has come into her own in this game, and partially embraced the darkness that comes with the consequences of past decisions. Picking up after the map reveal at the end of 2015's Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara is reportedly heading to Mexico to unravel the mystery of a solar eclipse.

The antagonist, Doctor Dominguez is the head of Trinity.

Oh Lara, always getting herself into mischief. Supposedly, there will be a new adventure every month, but Square Enix did not note how many months that means. She will be able to do things that she was not able to do before. The first Challenge Tomb to be introduced as part of the Season Pass will also introduce co-op functionality.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider launches on September 14, 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. In the meantime, you can add it to your Wishlist on Steam or pre-order it for the Xbox One via the Microsoft Store.

  • Salvatore Jensen