Eidos' Ian Livingstone believes Lara Croft as a franchise isn't "going down at all," her popularity continues to rise - big plans are in motion.
While Underworld may not have retail charts on fire it did meet Eidos' "target expectations." Lara's next adventure will include "remarkable things" that'll having us loving her again?
"There aren’t as many PlayStation 3s or Xbox 360s in the world as there were PlayStation 2s or PlayStation Ones. The hardware is quite expensive and production costs are rising," said Livingstone, speaking with . Tomb Raider killed on PSOne and 2 of course.
"So there are certain challenges, but as a franchise, I don’t think Lara Croft is going down at all. In fact, her popularity continues to increase." Just ignore the whole 'Angel of Darkness' fiasco for the Lady artefact pincher. "If you look at movies, James Bond has survived 40 years. Not all those films have been great, but the character remains strong."
"The next Tomb Raider, I think, will surprise a lot of people and reinvigorate the franchise. There are some remarkable things we’re doing in the next Tomb Raider to make you say, 'Oh Lara, I love you so much!'" boasted the Eidos chief.
Lara Croft has stiff competition now from Uncharted, no longer is she alone in her niche genre of adventure gaming. Crystal Dynamics have already pulled the franchise away from the abyss, what more can they do? Open-world or something?