Square Enix Europe's CEO, Phil Rogers (formerly CEO of the recently absorbed Eidos), has explained how it is that 'Tomb Raider' is out and 'Lara Croft' is in with the title of the upcoming Guardian of Light.
Speaking to Develop
, Rogers said that, "We actually started looking at the Tomb Raider
and Lara Croft
brands back in 2008 with the release of Tomb Raider Underworld
. At the time we were thinking about how much Lara Croft was everywhere but not on the game’s title, so at the time we were thinking how interesting it would be to have a Lara Croft
"I’m not saying this is a split – we’re not driving a huge wedge through this – but we had always planned separating the two, with the Lara
name in Digital and the Tomb Raider
brand at retail."
Honestly, we weren't aware that 'Tomb Raider
' and 'Lara Croft
' qualified as different 'brands'. You could certainly be forgiven for thinking they're just two different names you can stick on the same series. In fact, many past Tomb Raider
games have had their titles headed up with 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider
'. We'll see how Guardian of Light
, with its isometric viewpoint, makes us feel about this whole non-split split.
Still, at least the 'Tomb Raider
' moniker looks to be living to fight another day...