Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have announced that with 20 years of Lara Croft, they are Celebrating the franchise with a set of festivities for the major milestone. For those at PAX East 2016, fans will be able to celebrate new achievements to the series as well as the protagonist throughout the year.
“Since its introduction, Tomb Raider has held a significant place in video game history, and further cements that with this milestone,” said Ron Rosenberg, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “We look forward to celebrating with fans, and honoring the iconic Lara Croft with special events, retrospectives, giveaways and other surprises throughout this year of Tomb Raider.”
Originally introduced to the world of gaming in 1996 as Tomb Raider from Core Designs, Lara Croft was introduced as an archeologist that would eventually become one of the most well known names within the gaming industry. As one of the largest names within virtual entertainment, Lara Croft made a name as an ambassador for scientific excellence and even appeared live with famed band U2 while they were on tour. With over 30 titles released to date and has even received numerous awards as a culture icon for over 20 years.
“Tomb Raider has become a cultural phenomenon over the last 20 years, selling millions of copies worldwide, sparking one of the most successful video game film adaptations in history, and inspiring our amazing fans of all ages,” said Scot Amos, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “It’s incredible to be part of this legend and to see how much the series has evolved over time, and think about what’s yet to come. Here’s to 20 more years of adventure together.”
As part of the 20 year celebration, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have teamed up with GameChanger Charity to provide a free digital copy of Tomb Raider from back in 2013 for every donation of at least $1 USD. For those who donate $20 USD will be entered into a drawing to win special Crystal Dynamics swag bags including a collector’s edition of Rise of the Tomb Raider, along with special related items to the series for our favored adventurous lady. GameChanger is a non-profit focused on improving the lives of children suffering from life-threatening diseases. GameChanger delivers video game gifts to hospitals, and provides financial support to deserving families.
To donate to GameChanger, please visit, you can be rest assured that some of us will be donating.: http://gamechangercharity.donordrive.com/event/20yearstombraider/
With this news, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have also announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider’s newest content pack called Cold Darkness Awakened has launched for PC through Steam and the Windows store, but also for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The DLC will tell players about Lara Croft’s adventure through a land where nightmarish predators lurk in an old abandoned Cold War base. The pack is available for Season Pass owenrs or available for 9.99 USD through the Marketplace.
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