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New Tomb Raider game delayed until 2013

The upcoming Tomb Raider game has been delayed until the first quarter of 2013 as it requires extra development time.

Video game publisher Eidos has revealed that the next instalment in the Tomb Raider franchise is to be delayed until next year, according to a post on the firm's online forum.

The title was meant to come out in the autumn, but it now looks as if fans will see it at the beginning of next year.

A statement from Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at the game's developer, Crystal Dynamics, explained that it wants reboot the series and make it new, exciting and surprising for fans.

[We want] to make this the best game of our careers, something we would be really proud to be a part of. We truly believe that we have something very special on our hands and we can’t wait to share it with you," he said.

"Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game’s release date by a few months."

With the extra time Crystal Dynamics hopes to polish the game and add the finishing touches to create a product that the fans deserve.

He adds that the firm will be showcasing the game at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center in June.

The upcoming Tomb Raider is expected to be much darker than previous titles, with a younger Lara Croft trapped on a mysterious island. It sees her fighting to escape dark tombs and their lethal traps, rather than pillage them of their loot.

It will change the gameplay dynamics by having Croft explore an open world, with each part of the island locked off until gamers get hold of a specific item or ability that opens it up for exploration.

Next year's Tomb Raider will hope to avoid the fate of the last title, Tomb Raider: Underworld, which was released in 2008. Although it received relatively good reviews sales failed to meet expectations, hence the overhaul envisioned by Crystal Dynamics.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801363966-ADNFCR