Jill Murray is new to the Tomb Raider collection. She beforehand labored on video games like Moon Hunters, Lawbreakers, and Murderer’s Creed IV: Black Flag. However now that Murray is lead author on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the method of designing a world-spanning journey feels totally different.
“Effectively, to start with, solely this sport has Lara Croft. Clearly, it’s an enormous honor to work on a personality with such a prolonged historical past that spans a long time,” Murray says. “She is so robust. She will be able to deal with plenty of problem. With this sport, typically unwittingly, she turns into her personal worst enemy as a result of she is so robust. Our antagonist on this sport is a very attention-grabbing particular person, however in a means it is pointless to problem Lara Croft, as a result of Lara Croft goes to create her personal challenges by at all times going so exhausting and obsessively and stubbornly on every part.”
On the identical time, plenty of Lara’s power has been earned. As followers of the collection know, the final two Tomb Raider video games put Lara Croft by means of the ringer. The web is stuffed with movies of the various methods Lara can meet a grizzly demise, however Murray hopes to flip that narrative in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Whereas there’ll nonetheless be a number of alternatives for Lara to succeed in an premature finish in Shadow, she additionally gained’t get beat up as a lot over the course of this new marketing campaign. This variation represents how Lara has grown and advanced for the reason that collection reboot again in 2013. Lara Croft has gone by means of a baptism of fireplace and develop into a succesful survivor/hunter.
“Within the earlier video games, Lara was continuously falling as a result of that was the one means we had, on the time, to go down,” says Murray. “So we needed to have her fall as a result of there have been no mechanics to go down. Now now we have a rappel system, now we have underwater sequences the place she will go down, and all these parts happening, so issues are way more elegant and she or he’s way more self-controlled. She’s way more cellular with the world, however she’s nonetheless doing these loopy issues.”
Shadow of the Tomb Raider has no scarcity of loopy moments. Our earlier tastes of the motion have seen Lara swing off the perimeters of cliff partitions, crawling by means of collapsing tunnels, and falling out of the sky after a aircraft breaks in half. We’re glad to see how the character has advanced right into a extra succesful hero, however we’re assured that she gained’t make it by means of this subsequent journey with no few bruises. Shadow of the Tomb Raider launches on September 14 for PlayStation four, Xbox One, and PC.