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28 October 2006
Tomb Raider Anniversary, a loss for the PSP
The Tomb Raider Forums are all abuzz with the announcement, seen here at Tomb Raider Chronicles, that Eidos has officially announced Tomb Raider Anniversary (the game formerly known as Tomb Raider: 10th Anniversary Edition or Tomb Raider: Anniversary Edition) and released a single screenshot of Lara in the reimagined Lost Valley of the original game:
What was originally announced as a PSP game is now looking more and more like a Windows game, given that this screenshot is at a resolution of 1024-by-768. I realize I'm in the minority, but that's a real loss. The PSP has had precious few important, exclusive games, and Tomb Raider Anniversary promised to be an exception. (Aside: PSP owners are still getting one such game: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, which actually adds to the Big Boss/Solid Snake storyline. Now it just needs to be worth playing.)

I wonder if the loss of focus on the PSP is a statement on the handheld's fortunes. It certainly hasn't sold as well as everyone expected back when this Tomb Raider was announced, and now there is better money to be made on the Xbox 360 and (presumably) PlayStation 3. Everyone wants a hit game on a popular platform, but if the platform ain't a popular...

It wasn't obvious to me until I loaded up the GIMP and applied some filters to this image, but Lara is standing just in front of the suspension bridge from the Lost Valley. You can barely see it to the left and right in the mist. The famed Tyrannosaurus Rex lives right in this area, and for fans it is his notable absence that adds tension to this scene.
--Matt Matthews at 17:20
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Comments on this post:

According to a press release, it's _supposedly_ still coming out on PSP:

but who knows? The PSP does seem to be slowly but steadily dying...

By Blogger Dan-o, at 31 October, 2006 02:03  

Gah, that link got completely cut off.


By Blogger Dan-o, at 31 October, 2006 02:04  

Right, I know it's still coming out for PSP. My point, though garbled, was that it is looking like a Windows-focused release. That can't be a PlayStation 2 or PSP screenshot they released, after all. My guess is that they're making the Windows game and having a second team, or contractor, make the port to the other platforms. That's not what you'd expect for a game that was announced exclusively for the PSP to start with...

By Blogger jvm, at 31 October, 2006 06:39  

Oh, got it now. Apologies for the mis-read.

By Blogger Dan-o, at 31 October, 2006 17:02  

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