There was no mention of it at E3, but a second Shadow Of The Tomb Raider leak would appear to confirm the game’s existence and a possible Egyptian setting for Lara Croft‘s next outing.
Last November, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider was rather carelessly leaked by a Reddit user peering over the shoulder of someone supposedly working on the marketing for the game. Unsurprisingly, Square Enix was in no rush to confirm the existence of the game since Rise Of The Tomb Raider had only just been released for the Playstation 4.
Despite E3 passing with no Tomb Raider details, concept art possibly from the game briefly appeared on the website for TakeOff, who create trailers and websites for a number of gaming companies including…you guessed it, Square Enix.
The majority of the concept art is fairly nondescript in terms of the Tomb Raider setting and clearly don’t reflect the final design of the locations or character, however a few of the pictures do contain what would appear to be some pyramids and walls scrawled with hieroglyphics. It would also appear that wherever the game is set, Lara Croft could do with packing an umbrella as storms lash down on the exterior pictures.
The Shadow Of The Tomb Raider leak also includes some logo drafts. Make of them what you will, it seems unlikely that the logo will change hugely from the one used since the 2013 reboot, although the addition of the Lara Croft silhouette is a nice touch. We can probably all agree that the logo resembling a primary school WordArt project is best left on the drawing board, however.
Despite the Shadow Of The Tomb Raider leak, Square Enix has played their cards fairly close to their chest when it comes to formally announcing a sequel to Rise Of The Tomb Raider. No doubt all eyes will be on whether they opt for another timed-exclusive with Microsoft, who secured the game for 12 months before it arrived on the Playstation 4 at the expense of the franchise’s sales figures, which dipped significantly compared to the 2013 reboot, despite a positive critical response (including two GOTY nominations from Gary and Craig).