Tomb Raider: Crystal Dynamics takes you behind the scenes of debut trailer

Here's a pretty lengthy behind-the-scenes clip for Turning Point, the debut trailer to Square Enix's upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. Forgive the presumption, but one might assume you watch a fair few game trailers in your day-to-day life. How often do you find yourself thinking, “this game looks like it will be good,” but rather “what a good trailer”? Hopefully not often – any film editor knows the ultimate goal of their work is to be invisible – but Crystal Dynamics was so happy with the work fellow Square Enix subsidiary Visual Works did on the clip, it's put together a short to show you how it was done.

Above: The secret behind the magic 

Above: The magic

Here's Visual Dynamics' other recent work, the Deus Ex: Human Revolution reveal trailer. You'll have your chance to experience Tomb Raider for yourself when the game releases in Autumn 2012. Since Lara started making mainstream magazine covers more than a decade ago, though, the hype surrounding the games has been almost as much a part of Tomb Raider as the games themselves – so it's only fitting that a three-minute clip should get dissected in a twelve-minute movie whose overriding sentiment is, “wasn't that a great trailer?” While we're sure Crystal Dynamics, in rebooting the series, is eager to get back to the days when playing a new Lara title was cause for anticipation, does a clip like this make you eager to find out what'll be revealed next?

Jul 14, 2011


  • 435 - July 15, 2011 10:04 p.m.

    I'm probably the only person who would kill for a 2 hour in-depth Making Of video, but I would. As an animator, this is superbly fascinating to me, and I wanna learn more. :o
  • mrjimmyos - July 15, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    I don't even know how they had water simulations interacting with cloth simulations, my PC would explode at the prospect of calculating that. Also the trailer looked so realistic!
  • quincytheodore - July 15, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    Amazing article, this is my favorite trailer of E3. I knew it's hard, but didn't know they put in this much effort. The emotion, water, hair(dry and wet) and ambiance on cabin. All that for this 3 minutes footage.

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