Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics will proceed to help with the event of Microsoft’s huge funds Excellent Darkish reboot, regardless of the corporate being bought by writer Sq. Enix.
Microsoft’s major Excellent Darkish studio, The Initiative, confirmed yesterday that its co-development settlement remained in place with Crystal – regardless of the latter altering fingers.
On Monday, Sq. Enix introduced it was promoting off its western improvement studios – together with Crystal Dynamics, Guardians of the Galaxy studio Eidos Montreal, in addition to Sq. Enix Montreal – and IPs together with Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief and Legacy of Kain for simply $300m.
The Initiative, Microsoft’s Santa Monica-based group set as much as work on the undertaking, has shut ties with Crystal. The studio was based by former Crystal boss Darrel Gallagher, and in addition counts Tomb Raider reboot director Daniel Neuburger amongst its ranks.
Forward of the sale, Crystal Dynamics had confirmed it was additionally now engaged on a recent Tomb Raider recreation made in Unreal Engine 5 – although particulars are skinny on the bottom as to when that would seem.
“This new engine interprets to next-level storytelling and gameplay experiences, and that is why we’re thrilled to announce right now that we have simply began improvement of our subsequent Tomb Raider recreation, powered by Unreal Engine 5,” Crystal Dynamics stated final month. “Our aim is to push the envelope of constancy and to ship the high-quality cinematic action-adventure expertise that followers deserve from each Crystal Dynamics and the Tomb Raider franchise. We will not wait to take this journey collectively.”
In a notice to press concerning its soon-to-be-acquired studios, Embracer stated it noticed “a chance to speculate” in franchises equivalent to Tomb Raider and Deus Ex – doubtlessly pointing to a brand new title within the latter collection as nicely.
Within the meantime, Crystal Dynamics continues to be supporting Marvel’s Avengers (the following character is Jane Foster, well-timed with the brand new Thor film).
We’re excited to see Crystal Dynamics take these subsequent steps with their studio. Our groups have made nice progress in constructing Excellent Darkish collectively as co-development companions, and we will probably be persevering with this work with them of their subsequent chapter. https://t.co/9gG2VGUV8u
— TheInitiative (@TheInitiative) May 2, 2022