Lost Tomb Raider remake, Lara Croft will probably have a long wait to return to her roots from looting cultural relics, but after a trilogy that was brilliant at least 66%, the idea of giving the franchise a chance to rest doesn’t sound bad. One. It’s really time to revisit the old games, to see how far the series has come over the years, and if you’re in the mood for a craving dose of teal swimsuit and 9mm Akimbo pistols, here’s a blast from the past.
In 2006, Core Design had nearly finished remaking the tenth anniversary of the original Tomb Raider game for Sony’s PSP handheld console, Lost Tomb Raider remake, but that game was eventually scrapped and abandoned so Crystal Dynamics can roll out the 2007 Tomb Raider Anniversary instead. Core’s work wasn’t wasted though, and she used the game’s assets to create an Indiana Jones game … which also wasn’t released.
The Core Store would close in 2010, and this Tomb Raider game will become a legend. Historically speaking, this isn’t 2006’s Tomb Raider: Legend. But the plot is evolving! The ancient Tomb Raider seems to have survived through the ages, appearing in the Internet Archive. Instructions on the Tomb of Ash website detailed how you can run the alpha version of Tomb Raider: 10th Anniversary, which includes a little bit of downloading, installing the patch, and equipping a compatible PC controller.
Here’s the goal: While you can perform smart acrobatics in Tomb Raider, go swimming, and explore Croft Manor, Peru, and Greece levels, there is no combat for you to experience. However, it’s a great trip back to see what Core planned before Crystal Dynamics rocketed to the scene and took over Tomb Raider in the 2000s.
As for when will this build be available? Host fans said they reached out to license holders to obtain permission to post it for fear of awakening the unspeakable evil of attorneys using copyright infringement notices, but they received no response. Now that the game is online and the news is spreading on it about the Tomb Raider circuits, it won’t completely disappear even if Square Enix attempts to blow up the web.
And on that bomb, a quick reminder that Shadow of the Tomb Raider is January’s freebie on PlayStation Plus now.
Last updated January 7, 2021