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Amazon is publishing the next Tomb Raider game

Amazon is publishing the next Tomb Raider game


The company has struck a deal with Crystal Dynamics for the next major entry in the series.

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A screenshot of the video game Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Image: Square Enix

Amazon’s latest foray into video game publishing will star Lara Croft. The company announced a new deal with developer Crystal Dynamics, which will see it publish the next entry in the long-running Tomb Raider series. Crystal Dynamics will handle development, with Amazon “providing full support and publishing the game globally.”

The studio revealed it was working on a new Tomb Raider earlier this year as part of a showcase for Epic’s Unreal Engine game-making tools. Very few details are available at the moment, but it’s described as “a single-player, narrative-driven adventure that continues  Lara Croft’s story in the Tomb Raider series.” Amazon says the game, which will utilize Unreal Engine 5, will be multiplatform and is currently in “early development.” No word yet on when it might be released.

Previously, the franchise was published by Square Enix, but the company sold off numerous properties and studios this past May, including Tomb Raider and Crystal Dynamics.

A screenshot of the video game Blue Protocol.
Blue Protocol
Image: Amazon

Amazon’s fledgling game division is probably best known for developing the MMO New World, which launched last year, but it has also been making a big push into publishing of late. At the beginning of 2022, Amazon published the Diablo-style action game Lost Ark, which is developed by Korean studio Smilegate, and at this year’s Game Awards, it announced a partnership with Bandai Namco to publish the anime MMO Blue Protocol in 2023.

All of those titles are live-service, online games, so the Tomb Raider deal represents a somewhat new space for Amazon. “Amazon Games is committed to bringing players games of the highest quality, from the best developers, across all variety of platforms and genres, and we’re honored by the opportunity to work with this storied developer and franchise,” Christoph Hartmann, VP of Amazon Games, said of the deal in a statement.