It appears May is turning out to be a sour month for gaming news.
Recently we had the announcement that Irrational Games had delayed BioShock Infinite till Q1 2013, and now another anticipated title is suffering the same ordeal.
The latest Tomb Raider title, a reboot in the franchise has been delayed today by Crystal Dynamics till Q1 2013 as well.
The news came today from a statement by the studio:
A Message to the Tomb Raider Community
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.
So it seems that Crystal Dynamics has delayed the title for similar reasons to Irrational Games, to provide more development time to the title and polish it to a high-standard. It is disappointing to read that the game has been delayed as it was one of our top most wanted titles for this year. Alas we now have to wait till 2013 to play once again as Lara Croft.
As always we will keep you updated about any more news surrounding the upcoming Tomb Raider Reboot.