Many of us were taken by surprise by the direction Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is taking -- a twin-stick, over-the-top co-op downloadable game? That's the new direction for Tomb Raider? As it turns out, that's not actually the case. Tomb Raider was dropped from the title because this is intended to be something completely different, an experiment of sorts.
"This isn't a reboot of Tomb Raider at all because it really lives outside of Tomb Raider and that's why we call it 'Lara Croft,'" said Crystal Dynamics' creative director Daniel Neuburger to 1UP. "Tomb Raider really speaks to our pillar releases and that's a completely separate experience from this digital download-only game."
Concept art for a purported Tomb Raider reboot has been leaked in the past, but neither Eidos nor Crystal Dynamics has ever commented on the status of that alleged project. If that game is still in development, it's not this game and by all accounts the Tomb Raider name lives on.