Square Enix has released footage from its canceled fearfulness Tomb Raider game, Tomb Raider: Ascension.
The institution released the footage arsenic portion of its 25th Anniversary celebrations and successful the astir 7 minutes of footage, we spot a greyed-out quality exemplary that’s intelligibly Lara Croft traversing done acheronian caves, marshes, spooky houses, and more, arsenic reported by Video Games Chronicle. The footage is precise evidently prototype footage from aboriginal successful the game’s development, but it’s a fascinating look astatine what games tin go implicit time. Case successful point, Ascension would aboriginal go the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot.
“Check retired footage from Tomb Raider: Ascension, which took Tomb Raider heavy into endurance fearfulness territory during the exploratory phases of what would yet go the 2013 reboot,” Square Enix writes successful the footage’s description. “It was done Ascension that the squad honed successful connected telling an root communicative done the lens of survival.”
One peculiarly scary-looking country features Lara Croft successful what appears to beryllium a mansion of sorts (perhaps the Croft mansion country passim the rebooted franchise), burning gangly and lanky monstrous enemies with a occurrence thrower earlier stabbing them to decease with a pickaxe.
We besides get a look astatine immoderate much open-world-ish elements that diagnostic Lara Croft riding a equine on a cliffside portion moving distant from a elephantine oregon ogre of sorts. Elsewhere successful the video, Lara Croft fights a brag that looks much astatine location successful a FromSoftware crippled than it does successful the rebooted Tomb Raider games. It pops successful and retired of the ground, utilizing its branch-like tendrils to onslaught astatine the player-controlled Lara Croft.
Two different Ascension videos were released and 1 of them is focused much heavy connected conception creation for the now-canceled endurance fearfulness game. In it, Lara Croft appears overmuch much animated than the much realistic-looking reboot we received successful 2013 and its sequels. We besides get a clearer look astatine immoderate of the monsters Lara Croft would person fought and the locations she would person visited.
The astir caller video released is called “Tomb Raider (2013) Development: Ascension Branding” and it’s a person look astatine the branding that apt would person been attached to Ascenion’s marketing. It highlights imaginable container creation layouts, “early exploratory” voiceover, and more.
VGC points retired that Ascension was archetypal revealed successful Square Enix’s integer Tomb Raider: The Final Hours publication and that successful it, the much survival-horror instrumentality connected Tomb Raider was scrapped erstwhile Crystal Dynamics began to uncertainty its potential. The publication describes a squad gathering wherever Crystal Dynamics asked themselves if Ascension would beryllium arsenic bully arsenic Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum game. When cipher said it would beryllium arsenic good, the squad decided to determination disconnected of Ascension and onto what we present cognize arsenic the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot.
Check retired the videos supra for yourself and past cheque retired our thoughts connected that 2013 reboot successful Game Informer’s Tomb Raider review. Read our thoughts connected its sequels successful Game Informer’s Rise of the Tomb Raider review and Game Informer’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider review aft that.
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