Square Enix has confirmed that there will be a new Tomb Raider game released in 2018, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider set to conclude the reboot trilogy that begun back in 2013. After months of trailers and gameplay teasers, the game is finally available to buy around the world on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Here, we discuss everything you need to know about Shadow of the Tomb Raider, including the release date, best deals, platforms and the latest gameplay news. We've played the entire game too, so read our Shadow of the Tomb Raider review to find out what we think.
Of course, 2018 isn't just bringing a new Tomb Raider game - there's also a new film starring Alicia Vikander, which came out earlier this year. Watch the trailers at our Tomb Raider movie hub, or read our review to find out what we think of the new film.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider release date
The next Tomb Raider game is now available around the world, following a 14 September 2018 release.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider platforms and deals
While the previous game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, launched as a timed Xbox One exclusive, Square Enix has clearly taken fan disappointment to heart, announcing that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will launch simultaneously on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, including support for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.
While we’d also love to see a Tomb Raider title come to the Nintendo Switch, it seems Nintendo’s handheld console isn't quite powerful enough for the beautifully detailed environments found in Tomb Raider titles, though we're still holding out hope for a port in the future.
For now, though, UK fans can head to Amazon (£49.99) and GAME (£49.99) to buy the game, while those in the US can head to either Amazon ($59.99) or Best Buy ($59.99). Those that head to GAME in the UK, or Amazon in the US, can get their hands on the limited Steelbook edition of the game for a similar price.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay news
Square Enix revealed details about the game via a trailer released in April 2018 that can be seen at the top of the page. "In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be."
“Shadow of the Tomb Raider will challenge Lara Croft in new and unexpected ways,” said David Anfossi, Head of Studio at Eidos-Montréal. “Our team has created a diverse set of skills, combat techniques and equipment for players to master, and they’ll certainly need them if they hope to survive the deadly jungle environments and tombs.”
Unofficially, we know a little more. That's thanks to ResetEra user NeoRaider, who has provided a plethora of (unconfirmed) information about the upcoming Tomb Raider title.
The key bit of information is that Shadow of the Tomb Raider's campaign will allegedly take around 13-15 hours to complete. Now, it's worth noting that this doesn't include side missions, so the overall number may be closer to 20 hours. But, on the flip side, developers have a history of padding campaign length estimates, so some users may finish it in as little as 10 hours.
The user also goes on to claim that there won't be any vehicles, tombs will be both harder to find and much more dangerous, and that the game's antagonist is (Spoiler) Doctor Dominguez. It's said that Lara is consumed with revenge against Trinity, although her friend Jonah (who made an appearance in the second game) will try to get her to do the right thing throughout the game.
Again, it's an unconfirmed report, so take those details with a pinch of salt, but it matches up well with the gameplay shown off at E3.
For a better look at what to expect from gameplay, take a look at the gameplay trailer below, first showcased at E3 2018.
Square Enix has subsequently shown off more of the game in a ten-minute video devoted to the new hub area Paititi - though in fact it covers much more, including new crypts, tombs, traversal options, difficulty settings, and more.
The video confirms that tombs will be larger and more difficult, with crypts in turn scaled up to the same size as tombs in the last game. Interestingly, there's also the option to independently adjust difficult for combat, exploration, and puzzles, allowing you to customise your challenge on the fly.
As for Paititi itself, it's supposedly the largest hub in a Tomb Raider game yet. The indigenous village includes shops, side quests, collectables, and clues to the main story. Find out more in the full video:
Gamescom 2018 was a perfect time for Square Enix and Nvidia to show off more Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay, not only because it's out soon but it also shows off the new ray-tracing technology of Nvidia's newly-announced RTX 20 series GPUs.
We've also gone hands-on with the game, and below you can find out the biggest changes we noticed.