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Concept Video Shows Tomb Raider Could Have Been a Horror Game

 

There’s an interesting history behind the recent Tomb Raider reboot, which we loved. During the concept stages some interesting ideas were explored including horse-riding and battling fearsome monsters.

Originally, Tomb Raider was going to be called Tomb Raider: Ascension and it was going to be set after the last TR game, Underworld. However, Underworld got poor sales so it was decided the series needed to be rebooted. This is quite possibly why they dropped the Ascension part of the title, that and it would have clashed with God of War: Ascension which released during the same month. Many have also said the new Tomb Raider is very similar to Uncharted but originally Ascension was inspired by the likes of Resident Evil, Shadow of the Colossus and Ico.

The video above shows some early renders of ideas for Ascension, most of which didn’t make it into the game – as Tomb Raider wasn’t going to be a survival-action game at first. The monsters and horse-riding elements are definitely truer to classic Tomb Raider but as it was later decided, the series needed to be rebooted, and those elements simply didn’t fit into the survival concept. Another idea was that Lara was going to have a child she had to look after and who would help her fight the monsters.

I’m sure many fans would have loved the idea of a Tomb Raider game where you could ride around an island on a horse battling giants, and the early prototype certainly does make this idea look exciting and fun. One scary scene shows Lara using a flamethrower to set monsters on fire, which actually looks and sounds way more terrifying than any recent Resident Evil game. Horror doesn’t seem to sell games any more though, the industry tells us, so it was probably a safer and wiser option to completely change the Tomb Raider series. Still, the video is definitely an interesting watch.



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