It is no secret that the Tomb Raider franchise has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Whilst there were several exciting announcements, fans had been anticipating the announcement of a new or remastered game entry. A new job listing by Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics has hinted at exactly that.
A job listing for a Lighting Artist on Crystal Dynamics' website calls for one of its requirements to be 'able to showcase a powerful portfolio with a similar cinematic style to the latest Tomb Raider reboot and Rise of the Tomb Raider'. Whilst this doesn't explicitly mean that the developers are working on a new Tomb Raider game, the timing fits given the anniversary.
Throughout the year, there have been several hints and teasers implying there may be a new installment, with Will Kerslake, Crystal Dynamics' Game Director saying they want to 'unify' the original and reboot series. It should be noted that the job listing only mentions the first two games of the reboot trilogy which were from Crystal Dynamics before moving over to Square Enix for Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, the lowest-rated game of the reboot.
Although it may be a reach, if the listing does suggest that a new Tomb Raider game may be in the works, it strongly suggests that Crystal Dynamics will be taking up the reigns of the franchise again.
It should also be noted that Shadow Of The Tomb Raider came out three years ago now, so the idea that another game could be in the works isn't that outlandish. As the reboot trilogy seems to be sealed and shut, it is intriguing to wonder where the franchise could be heading next, especially considering Kerslake's comment.
Elsewhere in the news for Tomb Raider, Hayley Atwell was recently announced to be voicing the famed heroine Lara Croft in Netflix's upcoming Tomb Raider anime series.