I was excited for this game thanks to the impressive gamplay demo shown in last year's E3. It was set for a fall released of 2012 but I guess Crystal Dynamics believes they need more time to make the best Tomb Raider game.
Darrell Gallagher, studio head at developer Crystal Dynamics, released a message regarding the delay:
When Crystal Dynamics first set out to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, there were two goals that we were extremely passionate about. The first was to create a modern Tomb Raider game that would surprise and excite gamers.
The second was to make this the best game of our careers, something we would be really proud to be a part of. We truly believe that we have something very special on our hands and we can’t wait to share it with you.Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game’s release date by a few months, from Fall 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. We believe this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait.
The game is looking amazing and we can’t wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.
Delays to make the game even better is always a good thing but being pushed out of 2012 is big. With Tomb Raider now for 2013, games coming out during the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2012 is looking weak compared to last year. Thank god Resident Evil 6 was announced.
Crystal Dynamics will be presenting Tomb Raider in this year's E3 so can't wait to see that. E3 2012 is a few weeks away.