Meet The New Lara Croft And See Her First Kill

By Ishaan . July 10, 2012 . 8:30am

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have started a series of behind-the-scenes videos for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. The first part, released today, introduces Camilla Luddington, the new actress who plays Lara for the game. Crystal Dynamics say she was chosen from hundreds of actresses:



Tomb Raider will be released on March 5th, 2013 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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  • OneOkami

    I’m not going to continue to “whine” about what Crystal Dynamics is doing to the character of Lara.  I’ll just say I really wish this industry wasn’t so IP/Sequel driven where a character like the one I just watched was built to be and admitted to be a new, original character in a new, original world, rather than trying to tell me, someone who has played Tomb Raider since the mid 1990s, that is Lara Croft.  

    It isn’t.

  • Guest

    She’s hot

  • Fellas: you see her naked in Californication SSN5.  You’re welcome.

  • rebecasunao

    I’m still concerned about this game, Lara looks way too helpless and fragile. I expected her to be kicking butts while growing as a character and being more like a real person, instead of crying, moaning, getting hurt and begging for help all the time. 
    You can say that’s realistic since Lara is only a 21 year old girl, but if she was a man we all know the character would grown up in a completely different way.
    Instead of creating a genderless world around her they chose to focus on the fact that she’s a young girl, therefore she’s fragile. And that’s not true, 21 year old girls can be just as strong (both emotionally and psychically) as any 21 year old boy.
    I can tell the game won’t be only about Lara getting hurt, you’ll also fight, hunt, explore. But Crystal Dynamics is only showing to us how helpless Lara is.

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    I have a lot of high hopes for this new Tomb Raider. I haven’t played a Tomb Raider game since the 2nd one xD

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    Do not like what they’ve done to Lara at all.

  • British_Otaku

    There is always an odd feeling when I watch videos like these for games which I’m not particularly keen on. Especially when they are reboots.

    I’m glad with what I’ve seen in Californicat- this video, seeing all of the staff being ambitious about their work I guess… 

    Still see any character who is weak enough to be portrayed as helpless as she is to be more likely to be a dead little sister or kidnapped son than a protagonist who pushes through like any third person shooter protagonist despite being victimised (judging off how the voice acting portrays her, the writing portrays her and all).

  • Anime10121

    I still dont get why most people are so upset by the new Lara Croft.  Being thrown out into the wilderness for the (first?) time to fend for herself, most people would be doing a little complaining/whining at first.  The average person, even going through what she did in Turning Point (the first trailer where she was thrown off a boat and thrown onto an island alone), would be looking for help from anybody or anything i.e. what Lara seems to be doing in the trailers released thus far.  I feel that its a very realistic portrayal of what NORMAL people would go through, at least for their first couple days in that scenario. 

    We must all remember that this Lara, is not a seasoned adventurer yet and is just as ordinary as me or you (just still rich), being thrown on an island alone.  Its easy to say after playing so many action adventurer games that anybody should be able to just get up, kill bear, and kill human pirates (first time killing humans), and survive in the wilderness of who knows where, but the truth is things aren’t that easy, nor are they that simple (especially one’s first kill).  Even more so when you are giving up fried chicken, hamburgers, steaks, seasoning, etc and having to find a way to survive in the wilderness off of deer, fish, and plant life (most normal people wouldnt be able to tell an edible berry from a poisonous one) that you must now know how to prepare for yourself.

    For all we know, the parts they have shown have all been from the beginning of the game and Lara will become more like her “pre-reboot” character as the game goes on, although I dont think she will be exactly like the older Lara as

    1. This is a reboot

    2. The older Lara is an experienced adventurer, this is Lara’s (first?) real adventure.

    3. This Lara’s adventure will probably only last a few days, so she’s not going to drastically change THAT much, while the other Lara had been going on adventures like this for years, so it was second nature to her.

    On the topic of the video:

    Nice Vidoc! This is the game I’m looking forward to the most coming out of Eidos (Square)! Never been much of a Hitman fan, and the new trailers do nothing to convince me to jump in now, however I loved Tomb Raider back in the PsOne days and kinda feel it lost its way after that. This game is looking to make me a Tomb Raider fan again!

    Camilla seems perfect for the role and (almost) looks like Lara to boot. Hoping that the best is yet to come for this series and cant wait until March for FedEx to be at my doorstep (although they are their almost every other week of the year anyways:P)

    • MrJechgo

      I wouldn’t have any problem if the old Lara would be stranded on an island to fend for herself and agonising through pain, suffering and seeing what happened to her companions. What annoys me is that the new Lara is just a whiner and a crybaby, while the old Lara was headstrong, wise and would try to keep herself composed, maybe with a few wisecracks here and there, because she had been in tougher situations. 

      You know, it’s not a good sign when the main character for a game called “Tomb Raider” says “I hate tombs”. It’s just a bad foreshadowing for what’s to come.

      • Anime10121

        But the new Lara IS a baby, she is not an experienced “Tomb Raider” yet by any means.  21 years old, while an adult by definition in the law, is NOT a fully grown person that is able to make reasonable and rational decisions all the time.  Throw a 21 yr old on an island alone to fend for themselves and you’d find them act similar to teenager than with the wisdom of a 30-40 yr old.

        The old Lara had been adventuring for years, and was headstrong, composed, and wise (you cant be too wise without having experience) because of her experiences over the years.

    • rebecasunao

      I can answer that by quoting what I said in my previous comment: “You can say that’s realistic since Lara is only a 21 year old girl, but if she was a man we all know the character would grown up in a completely different way. ”
      If there was a game about Nathan Drake’s first real adventure I highly doubt it would portray him as a helpless and fragile 21 year old boy that gets hurt all the time and shouts, moans and cries in pain.

      • Anime10121

        And I have reason to believe you’re right, if it was a guy, they probably would make him super “macho” and able to take down a bear with punches.  But that wouldnt be realistic either, along with most other renditions in fiction with men that are more buff than Superman.  It just means that most games aren’t realistic in any way (which they shouldn’t have to be considering they aren’t real) other than with their graphics.  Which shouldn’t be too hard to believe considering most game characters take tons of bullets before they go down.

        But that doesnt make THIS game any less realistic, as a real 21 yr old guy in the same situation with a similar lack of experience would be just as distraught, especially considering he would be by himself and would have no reason to “act” tough.

        But IMO that’s what makes this Tomb Raider special to me.  While most other games strive to “look” real without portraying any reality in the characters, this game is seeming to make a “real” Lara Croft in both character and setting.

    • ZBaksh386

       I think farcry3 has a similar plot but with a male lead who isnt gonna be a treasure hunter so it would be interesting to put it to the test.

  • ivanchu77

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