Square Enix released footage of its canceled horror Tomb Raider game “Tomb Raider: Ascension”.
The company released this video as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. In the approximately 7-minute video, we saw a gray character model, apparently Laura Croft traveling through dark caves, swamps, and gloomy Mori’s house, etc., according to reports Chronicles of Video GamesThese shots are obviously prototype shots in the early stages of game development, but they are an interesting observation of what the game will look like over time. For example, Ascension later became the reboot of Tomb Raider in 2013.
“Check out Tomb Raider: Ascension footage. In the exploration phase that finally became the restart in 2013, Tomb Raider went deep into the realm of survival horror,” Square Enix wrote in the description of the shot. “It is through Ascension that the team has honed in telling the origin story through the lens of survival.”
A particularly scary scene is Laura Croft in a place that looks like a mansion (perhaps the Croft mansion scene in the entire restarted franchise), burning tall and lanky with a flamethrower Monsters, and then stab them to death with a pickaxe.
We also saw some elements of a more open world, in which Laura Croft rode a horse to escape along the edge of a cliff while fleeing various giants or ogres. Elsewhere in the video, Laura Croft fights a boss who looks more like home in the FromSoftware game than in the restarted Tomb Raider game. It goes in and out on the ground, using its branch-shaped tendrils to attack Laura Croft, who is controlled by the player.
Two other Ascension videos were released, one of which focuses more on the concept art of the now cancelled survival horror game. In it, Lara Croft looks more vivid than the more realistic reboot and its sequel we received in 2013. We also have a clearer understanding of some of the monsters Lara Croft will fight and the locations she will visit.
The latest video released is titled “Tomb Raider (2013) Development: Ascension Branding”, which is a closer look at brands that may be related to Ascenion marketing. It highlights possible box art layouts, “early exploration” voice-overs, etc.
VGC Point out that Ascension first appeared in the digital version of Square Enix Tomb Raider: The Last Moments In the book, when Crystal Dynamics began to doubt its potential, the survival horror film of Tomb Raider was abandoned. This book describes a team meeting where Crystal Dynamics asks itself if Ascension is as good as Rocksteady’s “Batman: Arkham Asylum” game. When no one said it would be so good, the team decided to move from Ascension to the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot as we now know it.
Check out the video above for yourself, and then check out our thoughts on the 2013 restart Game informant Tomb Raider review. Read our thoughts on its sequel Game informant Rise of the Tomb Raider review with Game informant Shadow of the Tomb Raider review after that.
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