New Tomb Raider game is not a Tomb Raider game

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light announced. Tomb Raider title absent

Crystal Dynamics has just announced Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, which will be released as a digital download later in the year. Apart from that, there are absolute zero details to give any clue as to what Lady Lara's latest will be all about.

What's interesting - beside the fact that it's going to be download only - is that Crystal Dynamics has decided to omit Tomb Raider from the game's name. Which makes Guardian of Light the first in the long-running franchise not to be called Tomb Raider. An indication that Crystal Dynamics is looking to move the series in a new, less tomb-orientated direction, or just recognition of the fact that - as a brand - Lara Croft is bigger than Tomb Raider?

We'll get a better idea of what's going on with Guardian of Light after it makes its 'behind closed doors' debut at next week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.