Crystal Dynamics is partnering with Amazon Games for its next Tomb Raider title.
As reported by GI.biz, the next entry in the franchise is going to be a single-player narrative title that coming to multiple formats. It's going to be built on Unreal Engine 5 and is currently in the early stages of development.
Recent entries in the Tomb Raider series were published by Tomb Raider, which owned developer Crystal Dynamics. The Japanese giant parted with its Western studios and IP earlier this year, selling them to European firm Embracer Group. That's an outfit that owns THQ Nordic, Deep Silver and Gearbox. So that's like three companies with publishing capabilities right there.
“Crystal Dynamics has an extraordinary opportunity following our acquisition by Embracer to redefine what a publishing relationship is for Tomb Raider,” studio head Scot Amos said.
“Transformative is what we’re looking for, and with Amazon Games, we found a team that shares our creative vision, ambitions, and values for a Lara Croft universe across the spectrum of possibilities. They’re uniquely positioned to rewrite what publishing and development collaborations are, and we’re eager to forge this new path together, starting with building the biggest and best Tomb Raider game yet."
Amazon Games VP Christoph Hartmann added: “Amazon Games is committed to bringing players games of the highest quality, from the best developers, across all variety of platforms and genres, and we’re honored by the opportunity to work with this storied developer and franchise. Our team is incredibly excited about collaborating with the talented and visionary Crystal Dynamics team to bring the next chapter of Lara Croft’s saga to players around the world.”