News: The new Tomb Raider game took a page from the Batman Begins and Casino Royale reboots, as the Crystal Dynamics studio head says that the key to staying relevant is change.
How do you keep a long-running franchise interesting? Reboot it! We’re seeing a lot of them now, some within a decade of their first entry. Crystal Dynamics took this trend at heart when they sat down to develop the next Tomb Raider. Taking a page from successful reboots like Batman Begins and Casino Royale, studio head Darrell Gallagher thought it best to get right to the origin story.
“We knew we were facing a problem with a franchise that, at the point of starting development, had been around for 13 years. We knew that to stay relevant we had to change,” Gallagher tells MCV.
“We wanted to strip it down, give Lara a personality and watch her grow as a character and make her feel more human and believable.” Here, Gallagher echoes the comments of Tomb Raider brand director Karl Stewart, who says that Lara Croft had become “an arrogant caricature of herself” in the last couple of games.
“We looked at Batman Begins and Casino Royale and said: ’Wow, they’ve really done a great job.’ And as other franchises have yet to go through this change, we used them as inspiration,” Gallagher concludes.