Full Shadow of the Tomb Raider Story Trailer Paints a Grim Future for Lara

Touted as the final game in a trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks set to give Lara Croft her biggest, and darkest, adventure yet. She will have to face down the apocalypse as she explores South American ruins for an ancient culture who worshipped death. 

As is made clear by this trailer, the Lara in this game is no longer the unsure explorer/killer that she used to be. Handing out death to enemies seems all too easy now, and it’s clear that this dark element of herself will come into play in the story. While we don’t see any actual gameplay, I’m definitely intrigued by the set up in this story trailer. 

The first two games in this rebooted trilogy are among my favorites in the past couple generations, and I’ve thoroughly loved the narrative storytelling that’s been introduced. Shadow looks like a return to the darker, more terrifying, sensibilities of the 2013 game (where Rise was more straightforward action/adventure), and I’m ready for it. There’s been a lot of great narrative focused games since Tomb Raider came back on the scene, and I’m crossing my fingers that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will continue to elevate not only the franchise, but the genre in general. 

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider launches on PS4 and Xbox One (at the same time thankfully) September 14, 2018. It’s now available for pre-order (which if you have Amazon Prime it’s under $50).