The highly anticipated reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise is, sadly, going to take a little longer for it to be released. Posted on the official Eidos Games forums, the Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics, Darrell Gallagher, announced that Tomb Raider will be moved to the first quarter of 2013. Here's Gallagher's full message:
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.
This comes only a week after Irrational Games' Ken Levine said that BioShock Infinite would be delayed till 2013 as well. Our own Mike V. has his theory that BioShock Infinite was moved so that it won't compete with Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 this holiday season, and with this move by Eidos, that could be a sound theory.
Source: Official Eidos Games Forums