Shadow of the Tomb Raider was conspicuous by its absence from E3 2017 last week. We’ve all seen the leaks, and everything so far has pointed towards the game being real, however, Square Enix opted to keep it under wraps during the biggest week in gaming. Now though, Square Enix has sprung another leak, this time from US-based marketing firm Takeoff Creative.
They posted key artwork and the design of the logo for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and it was all up on their official site. Takeoff’s business is in creating promotional materials for games and has previous for working with Square Enix.
“We are based out of Los Angeles, California, with design studios in Montreal, London and Lyon. As a supplier, we cater exclusively to the game marketing industry.”
Well, uh oh, Takeoff have screwed up good and proper here. The artwork in question provides some tantalising new details of what’s on offer here, including a back to basics approach that sees Lara scrambling around ancient pyramids, dodging traps and making use of a machete to clear paths. The bow and arrow are back, as is a new whip-like item which may be used for environmental traversal.
Based on what we’ve seen and heard about Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I suspect a reveal isn’t too far off. The one dangling question is how Square Enix approaches this as a multi-platform release. Rise of the Tomb Raider was, controversially, an Xbox One timed exclusive. Its sales figures were allegedly disappointing for Square Enix, but the publisher was pleased with the results once it eventually launched on PS4 late last year. It would be very surprising if Square Enix got tempted into a platform exclusivity deal yet again, but we’ll have to wait and see.