New Tomb Raider game to be made in Unreal Engine 5: Ten things to know

Apr 6, 2022

By: Gadgets Now Bureau

Unreal Engine 5

The new Tomb Raider game will be powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5, which is a first for the franchise.

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​The earlier game engine

The latest Tomb Raider trilogy (Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider) was developed using Crystal Dynamics’ in-house Foundation Engine.

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Crystal Dynamics, the studio that has worked on previous Tomb Raider titles, is on development duty for the new game. The studio has returned to the franchise after Eidos Montreal took over for Shadow of Tomb Raider.

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​The Tomb Raider trilogy

All the three games in the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy featured a younger version of Lara Croft and show how she evolves into an experienced and battle-hardened adventurer.

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It has not yet been revealed whether the storyline of the game will pick up from Shadow of the Tomb Raider or it will be a new, standalone chapter. It’s also not yet known whether the game universe is going to be the same as the reboot trilogy.

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Would it be Lara Croft again? It is most likely. But the studio could also create a new character for the franchise with the new Tomb Raider.

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One of the core technologies used in Unreal Engine 5, Nanite virtualized micro polygon geometry frees artists to create as much geometric detail as the eye can see. It means that film-quality source art comprising hundreds of millions or billions of polygons can be imported directly into Unreal Engine

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Lumen is another core technology in Unreal Engine 5. It is a fully dynamic global Illumination solution that immediately reacts to scene and light changes. The system renders diffuse interreflection with infinite bounces and indirect specular reflections in huge, detailed environments, at scales ranging from kilometres to millimetres.

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​What to expect

Dallas Dickinson, general manager of the Tomb Raider franchise, has promised a “high-quality cinematic action-adventure experience”, as per a report by Hardcore Gamer.

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​Tomb Raider on Twitter

The official Twitter account of Tomb Raider games tweeted: “Crystal Dynamics is incredibly excited about the future of Unreal and how it will help us take our storytelling to the next level. That's why we're proud to announce that our next #tombraider game is being built on Unreal Engine 5!”

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