Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Will Represent ‘First Step at a New Lara Croft’ For Next-Gen

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Jan 16, 2014 12:48 PM EST

With Crystal Dynamics already revealing the upcoming Definitive Edition for the new Tomb Raider that released last year, there has been a widespread anticipation of how the title will look to make the most out of next generation platforms. However, it seems like the team has acknowledged the query and has confirmed that the Definitive Edition will represent the ‘first step at a new Lara Croft’ for next-gen.

Speaking to VG247 is a recent interview, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition executive producer Scott Amos discussed about how this edition can be considered as the first step toward Lara Croft, as far as the next generation is concerned.

“This was a lot of money and a lot of time, all of us putting a lot of money and our hearts and souls into it and saying ‘let’s take this game that we really love, that we put everything into last time, and make it for these new platforms’,” Amos stated.

“That’s one of the weird discrepancies. You can get it on current gen, on 360 and PS3, you can get it on PC, but going on Xbox One and PS4 took a ton of new technology.”

“Just getting the new engine to run, then getting the new assets moved over and completely rebuilt to take advantage of new shading techniques, new lighting techniques, all new particle systems and physical simulation stuff that we just couldn’t have done last time because of processor power. All of those nuances and details we hadn’t done before, and that we couldn’t have done until we got onto next-gen.”

“It’s us putting our hands around the entire franchise, everything we’ve done to date, all the content in the one space so we could maximize our build – to say this is what our first steps on next-gen look like, here’s what our first step at a new Lara Croft could look like for next-gen,” he added.

“For us it’s really a big deal to see how we embrace new platforms as soon as possible because the more we know about them the better we can make future versions.”

As planned, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which is said to arrive with support for voice commands for both Xbox One and PS4, is currently listed for launches in North America on January 28 and across Europe on January 31, 2014.

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