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May 5th 2005
  Eidos Unveils First Details Of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Legend
October 5th 2005
  Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Legend Raids Xbox 360
  Eidos appoints Taylor Herring Brand Communications to launch Tomb Raider Legend: starring Lara Croft
  Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend - Video gaming's leading lady debuts on the PSP
  Tomb Raider: Legend - The most anticipated game in 2006 releases in April
  New Voice Of Lara Croft Revealed
  Xbox 360 release date confirmed
  Casting the new voice of Lara ...at last the story can be told!
  Lara Croft is No.1 again
  Tomb Raider Legend is No.1 in Germany and France
  Lara No.1 in Italy
  Lara Croft Catapults onto Nintendo Platforms
  Lara in the palm of your hand from Friday
  Eidos Announces Ship Date For Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend On PSP System
  Tomb Raider: Legend Mobile Downloadable
 
May 5th 2005 - Eidos Unveils First Details Of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Legend
 

San Francisco, CA (April 5, 2005) – Eidos (NASDAQ: EIDSY), one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today reveals the first details, including title, in-game character model and brand direction, of the next adventure for video gaming’s leading lady. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is grounded in Lara Croft’s tomb raiding roots and built to challenge even the most accomplished serial adventurer.

“In setting the stage for the Tomb Raider franchise moving forward, we took ourselves back to Lara’s origins, asked ourselves the hard questions and challenged ourselves to think differently,” said Chip Blundell, vice president of brand marketing, Eidos Inc. “Who is Lara Croft? What makes her tick? How is she relevant today? Only by answering these questions could we ensure that gamers get the experience they deserve with the character they love.”

Eighteen months ago, Tomb Raider team members at Crystal Dynamics embarked on their own quest to rediscover Lara Croft. During their soul-searching mission, they unearthed past consumer surveys, conducted new research, re-read every game review, listened to lots of passionate pleas and opinions from gamers and re-played through every Tomb Raider product. From this introspection and open-minded search for a fresh perspective, Tomb Raider: Legend was born.

As a result, Eidos is evolving the brand while building on the original values of compelling character and suspense-filled adventure gameplay. Crystal Dynamics has brought together the biggest and most diverse development team in Tomb Raider history and recruited Lara Croft’s original creator Toby Gard as the lead character designer.

“Even before the first title launched, Lara Croft had to fight her way into the Tomb Raider franchise, since at the time most game characters were muscle-bound blokes,” said Gard. “The Lara Croft character is resilient and totally unstoppable. In Tomb Raider: Legend, we explore these core personality traits and reveal the Lara Croft gamers have been waiting to see.”

Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars, frag grenades, personal lighting device and communications equipment, allows gamers to experience tomb raiding as never before.

Eidos and Crystal Dynamics shaped Lara’s look and movements to be an inherent extension of her skills, motivation and personality. Lara’s character model features natural structure, realistic textures, detailed facial features, reactive eyes and fluid motion, all of which make her part of a living environment.

New character animations and controls allow her to move through stunning environments with grace and precision, while an understanding of the game’s original appeal reinvigorates the fundamental explore-and-solve adventure experience.

Tomb Raider: Legend is slated for release on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PC and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. More details will be revealed on www.tombraider.com beginning April 12.

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October 5th 2005 - Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Legend Raids Xbox 360
 

X05 Brand Experience Amsterdam (October 5, 2005) -- Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today formally announces that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is in development for both the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system and the Xbox™ console from Microsoft. Delivering new gameplay content and unbelievable visuals that take full advantage of the new hardware system, Lara’s premiere on Xbox is grounded in the series’ tomb raiding roots. Created by Crystal Dynamics with senior designer Toby Gard, Lara’s original creator, the game is slated for simultaneous release on both Xbox platforms in Spring 2006.

“Xbox 360 is the perfect partner to the ultimate video gaming heroine, Lara Croft,” said Matt Gorman, senior brand manager for Tomb Raider: Legend. “It enables us to make the Tomb Raider experience realistic and immersive in next generation, high-definition worlds like never before.”

Crystal Dynamics exploit the power of the Xbox 360 with its newly created graphics system for Tomb Raider: Legend. With support for real-time per pixel lighting, shadows and normal-mapping among other improvements, the Tomb Raider world has never been as lifelike. Gamers will be dazzled with hardcore adventure and exploration as well as organic environment and physics-based puzzles within an incredibly detailed world. Bringing to life a new sense of awe and wonderment in stunning and immersive environments, the Xbox 360 demonstrates Lara’s intricately animated expressions, fluid movement and realistic abilities, equipped, of course, with state of the art gear and weaponry.

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January 6th 2006 - Eidos appoints Taylor Herring Brand Communications to launch Tomb Raider Legend: starring Lara Croft
 

6th January 2006 – Taylor Herring Brand Communications has been appointed by one of the world's leading interactive entertainment companies, Eidos Interactive, to manage the communications strategy and implementation for the forthcoming blockbuster video game 'Tomb Raider: LegendTM', following a four-way competitive pitch.

With activity due to commence immediately, Taylor Herring Brand Communications will build hype and anticipation around the launch of the new game as well as awareness for the Lara Croft TM brand during its 10th anniversary year.

Launched in 1996, Tomb RaiderTM is one of the best selling videogame franchises of all time with over 30 million copies sold. Lara CroftTM has transcended games, entertainment and technology in a way no other character has, including action figures, comic books, adventure novels, and two major motion pictures starring Angelina Jolie as Lara. 'Tomb Raider: LegendTM' will be the seventh game of the franchise series and sees Lara CroftTM return to her tomb raiding roots in a brand new 3rd person adventure.

This adds to what has already been a thriving first year for Taylor Herring Brand Communications. Launched at the beginning of 2005 as an off-shoot of successful media, music and entertainment PR firm Taylor Herring Public Relations, the company has already represented a number of high-profile brands and events including the MasterCard FIFPro World XI Player Awards, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Live, Leaders In London and the Mr Men & Little Miss.

Justin Crosby, Director of Taylor Herring Brand Communications says: "We are delighted to be working with Eidos on such a prolific brand as Tomb Raider. We have lots of exciting activity planned and we're looking forward to building a long-standing relationship with Eidos".

Chris Glover, Head of Communications at Eidos said: "Tomb Raider: LegendTM is a unique property and we needed to make sure that we have a targeted communications programme to reflect this. 2006 will be the year where consumers are invited into the world of Lara Croft like never before, and we are working closely with Taylor Herring on some fantastic activity."

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January 26th 2006 - Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend - Video gaming's leading lady debuts on the PSP
 

Eidos Interactive, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend will make its debut on Sony Portable (PSP) TM from spring 2006.

Created by Crystal Dynamics in conjunction with Buzz Monkey Software the game is grounded in the series' tomb raiding roots and built to challenge even the most accomplished serial adventurer.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars, frag grenades, personal lighting device and communications equipment, allows gamers to experience tomb raiding as never before.

Based largely on the PS2 version of the game, the PSP version of Tomb Raider: Legend also features a number of exclusive game modes together with a host of Bonus Reward Content.

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February 2nd 2006 - Tomb Raider: Legend - The most anticipated game in 2006 releases in April
 

San Francisco, CA (May 2, 2006) -- Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, is pleased to announce further details of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend on Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™ and Game Boy® Advance. Available this fall, the handheld versions will faithfully capture the detail and breadth of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the soon-to-be-released Nintendo GameCube version.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend on the Nintendo platforms will deliver the same innovative level of gameplay and high production value experience that has helped the PlayStation®2 and Xbox® versions rise to the top of the sales charts all over North America and Europe. Nintendo fans will be able to experience Tomb Raider’s dynamic controls, Lara’s fluid movement system, engaging puzzles, and gorgeous environments.

“There are a host of new and exciting features for Lara on the Nintendo platforms,” said Senior Brand Manager Kathryn Clements. “With the stunning graphics of the original games optimised to Nintendo’s platforms, Legend will further extend the reach of the Lara universe.”

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is the seventh title to be released in the Tomb Raider™ series, which originally launched in 1996 and is still one of the best selling videogame franchises of all time, with over 28 million copies sold.

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February 23rd 2006 - New Voice Of Lara Croft Revealed
 

Eidos Interactive, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, can today confirm that the new voice of Lara Croft is leading British actress Keeley Hawes.

Keeley, best known for her role of three years as Zoë Reynolds in BBC's flagship drama 'Spooks' and recently seen in Michael Winterbottom's feature Cock and Bull Story, took to the part of Lady Lara Croft, 11th generation Countess, effortlessly, "Lara Croft is such a strong and powerful character, but she also has an edge to her, which was great to portray vocally. Lara is getting up to all sorts of trouble in Legend, I am sure the fans won't be disappointed!"

"Keeley is perfect for the voice of Lara" said Matt Gorman, Brand Controller for the Tomb Raider series, "she had the right balance of aristocracy and attitude to really bring to life Miss Croft in all her glory."

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is the seventh title to be released in the Tomb RaiderTM series, which originally launched in 1996, and is still one of the best selling videogame franchises of all time with over 28 million copies sold. Lara CroftTM has transcended games in a way no other character has, including action figures, comic books and two major motion pictures starring Angelina Jolie.

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March 21st 2006 - Xbox 360 release date confirmed
 

Eidos Interactive, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today confirms that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend will be released on Xbox 360TM on April 7th 2006, in line with the release of PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC versions.

Delivering unbelievable visuals that take full advantage of Microsoft's next-generation video game and entertainment system, Lara's premiere on Xbox 360 is grounded in the series' tomb raiding roots. Created by Crystal Dynamics, Lara exploits the power of Xbox 360 with its newly created graphics system for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend.

With support for real-time per-pixel lighting, shadows and normal-mapping among other improvements, the Tomb Raider world achieves new heights of atmosphere, tension and beauty. New levels of detail and texture yield realistic effects on Lara herself as she gets dirty and wet during her expeditions through the rugged terrain of the environments she explores.

"Xbox 360 allows us to bring Lara to life like never before with intricately animated expressions, fluid movement and realistic abilities," said Matt Gorman, Senior Brand Manager for Tomb Raider, "It enables us to make the Tomb Raider experience far more realistic and immersive in a next-generation, high-definition world; dynamic, lush, living realms that are wholly Tomb Raider, and that belong completely to Lara Croft, the likes of which have never been seen on any console."

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March 30th 2006 - Casting the new voice of Lara ...at last the story can be told!
 

With the official release of the highly anticipated Tomb Raider: Legend in April, sound production company side – who cast, recorded and directed the new incarnation of iconic character Lara Croft – can finally shout about another major project successfully completed.

side cast TV and film actress Keeley Hawes (Spooks, Tipping The Velvet) as the new voice of the world's most glamorous tomb-raiding, gun-toting adventurer – but while landing one of gaming's more enviable tasks is something most of us would want to shout from the rooftops, the people at side have had to keep their mouths very firmly shut. Strict secrecy was maintained throughout production, even as speculation raged in the gaming community about the new Lara's possible identity.

side co-founder Andy Emery acknowledged that there was a rather cruel irony in an audio specialist having to maintain a stoic silence: 'It is sometimes a little frustrating that we cannot shout about projects we're currently working on, especially when they're as exciting or prestigious as many of our recent projects have been. But, of course, we fully understand the need to keep things under wraps. And when great titles such as Tomb Raider: Legend or the recent Dragon Quest: Journey Of The Cursed King receive such critical acclaim from the specialist press, that gives everyone here at side a real glow of satisfaction at a job well done.'

The latest in the Dragon Quest series has already had tremendous critical acclaim in the US, with vocal work being singled out for particular praise by reviewers. Other significant projects to date include Driver: Parallel Lines, The Movies, Batman Begins, Black & White 2, Genji, MediEvil: Resurrection, Fable and Killzone. side is currently working on a number of Next Gen titles due for release in 2007.

'Working with side UK was instrumental in ensuring we met our high production values set out for Tomb Raider: Legend. We chose side for the facilities, professionalism, experience and friendly staff which collectively made the whole experience run very smoothly, and we look forward to working with side again in the future.'

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April 11th 2006 - Lara Croft is No.1 again
 

Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, is pleased to announce that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend has reached No.1 in the UK.

The game has achieved the top spot in the PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360 charts and reached No.2 in the PC chart, kept from the PC top spot by another Eidos title Championship Manager 2006.

"Tomb Raider legend is the fastest selling game of 2006 because it is such great fun to play and we are confident it will continue to sell and sell. said Scott Dodkins, Managing Director, Europe at Eidos. This is yet another fantastic achievement for Lara in the same week as she was awarded a Guinness World Record. The first lady of video gaming has well and truly returned."

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is the seventh title to be released in the Tomb Raider™ series, which originally launched in 1996 and is still one of the best selling videogame franchises of all time, with over 28 million copies sold. Today also sees the hugely anticipated release of the game in to the North American market.

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April 12th 2006 - Tomb Raider Legend is No.1 in Germany and France
 

Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, is pleased to announce that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend has reached the No.1 spot in both Germany and France.

The game has achieved the top spot in the PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360 and PC charts in Germany and the PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360 charts in France already giving Lara the top spot in 10 individual charts across Europe, with data received from only three European territories.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is the seventh title to be released in the Tomb Raider™ series, which originally launched in 1996 and is still one of the best selling videogame franchises of all time, with over 28 million copies sold.

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April 13th 2006 - Lara No.1 in Italy
 

Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, is pleased to announce that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend has reached the No.1 spot in Italy.

Beating the Godfather title on home soil, Lara continues her success in the charts taking the No.1 spot in the PS2 and All Formats chart with the seventh title to be released in the Tomb Raider™ series, which originally launched in 1996 and is still one of the best selling videogame franchises of all time, with over 28 million copies sold.

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May 2nd 2006 - Lara Croft Catapults onto Nintendo Platforms
 

San Francisco, CA (May 2, 2006) -- Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, is pleased to announce further details of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend on Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™ and Game Boy® Advance. Available this fall, the handheld versions will faithfully capture the detail and breadth of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the soon-to-be-released Nintendo GameCube version.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend on the Nintendo platforms will deliver the same innovative level of gameplay and high production value experience that has helped the PlayStation®2 and Xbox® versions rise to the top of the sales charts all over North America and Europe. Nintendo fans will be able to experience Tomb Raider’s dynamic controls, Lara’s fluid movement system, engaging puzzles, and gorgeous environments.

“There are a host of new and exciting features for Lara on the Nintendo platforms,” said Senior Brand Manager Kathryn Clements. “With the stunning graphics of the original games optimised to Nintendo’s platforms, Legend will further extend the reach of the Lara universe.”

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is the seventh title to be released in the Tomb Raider™ series, which originally launched in 1996 and is still one of the best selling videogame franchises of all time, with over 28 million copies sold.

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June 7th 2006 - Lara in the palm of your hand from Friday
 

Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, confirms that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend will be released on Sony Portable (PSP) on Friday June 6th across all PAL territories.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities, allowing gamers to experience tomb raiding as never before.

The PSP version of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend, features all of the adventure, puzzles and excitement gamers expect from a Tomb Raider title, plus a number of exclusive game modes such as a wi-fi head to head mode and two player treasure hunt, plus a host of Bonus Reward Content.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is the seventh title to be released in the Tomb Raider™ series, which originally launched in 1996 and is still one of the best selling videogame franchises of all time, with over 28 million copies sold.

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June 14th 2006 - Eidos Announces Ship Date For Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend On PSP System
 

San Francisco, Calif. (June 13, 2006) – Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, part of SCi Entertainment Group Plc (SEG), confirmed today that Lara Croft’s latest and most anticipated adventure, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend™, will hit stores for PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system on June 21st in North America.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is the seventh title to be released in the Tomb Raider™ series and marks its first leap into the world of the PSP system. This all-new quest brings Lara face-to-face with her past and takes her on a race to discover one of history’s most famous artifacts. Lara travels to international exotic locations and returns to the tombs to bring gamers one of the most exciting adventures of her career.

“Bringing Lara Croft to the PSP system was an obvious step for the Tomb Raider series,” says Bob Lindsey, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Eidos, Inc. “The PSP system’s amazing graphical and technical capabilities allow the gameplay experience of Tomb Raider: Legend for the PSP system to remain true to its console counterparts.”

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend will bring PSP system gamers into the striking and adventure-filled world of Lara Croft with the new single-player Tomb Raider game which now includes three exclusive multi-player modes and a series of unique bonus features. The new features include PSP system-only soundtrack pieces, 3D wallpapers, image galleries and Lara skins exclusive to the PSP system. The three unique-to-the-PSP-system multiplayer gameplay modes offer an exciting challenge to those looking for gameplay of all kinds - intense multiplayer racing, fast-paced head-to-head treasure hunts and extreme obstacle courses.

Having originally launched in 1996, Tomb Raider remains one of the best selling videogame franchises of all time, with over 30 million copies sold and the title continues its legacy of compelling, high-end gaming by bringing it to a new generation of portable gamers. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend™, the hotly anticipated and most recent title in the series, has already sold almost three million copies worldwide in its first five weeks and retains a top selling position in major world territories.

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July 14th 2006 - Tomb Raider: Legend Mobile Downloadable
 

Seeing is believing
This 3D game links closely to the 7th title in the Tomb Raider franchise (releasing across all gaming platforms).Developed by Fathammer, it’s a 3D 3rd-person action-adventure game with an event-driven story & immersive graphics.The adventure takes Lara around the globe, exploring treacherous tombs & uncovering details of her murky past.Lara Croft's search for a Pre-Incan relic changes course dramatically when she meets a dangerous figure from her past.World-spanning adventure, intrigue & mystery - based in the real world with layers of mythology and tomb-raiding.Striking, detailed, fast-moving graphics show off high-end handset capabilities & legitimise mobile phones as gaming devices.

Features:

  • Lara Croft comes to life! - the sexy, dual-pistol, wielding adventurer’s polygon count and animation set has been increased significantly, presenting Lara in the finest fidelity to date.
  • Return to the Tombs: Lara’s new quest brings her to lost ancient realms that guard Secrets of the Past.
  • Move and shoot. Lara uses her natural physical prowess to combine fast and frantic gunplay with unique platform adventure freedom.
  • This new adventure will take you through an impressive journey of exotic locations including ancient tombs, hazardous jungles and snowy mountains which uncover some hugely unexpected situations for Lara to deal with in the way only she can.

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