It's here! After all the teases, leaks, and rumours, the first official teaser trailer has for Shadow of the Tomb Raider has been unveiled by Square Enix, just in time to cross-promote with the release of the Alicia Vikander-helmed Tomb Raider movie.
It's only 20 odd seconds long, and promises a full reveal on April 27 (whether that's another CGI trailer or actual gameplay is anyone's guess), but shows Lara rushing through jungles, taking out armed men, and standing before an ominous Ziggurat, suggesting a new, Mesopotamian setting.
Square had previously teased that the reveal would be at 6:00 PST, but the trailer was leaked via a French cinema-goer, who filmed its appearance before a showing of the newly released Tomb Raider movie.
In a press release, Square Enix confirmed that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will release simultaneously for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 14 later this year, and intends to "deliver Lara Croft's defining moment" as the third game in Eidos Montreal's rebooted trilogy.
Tomb Raider fans will have the chance to try out the game early and interact with the developers at the three exclusive reveal events planned for April 27, by visiting the Tomb Raider website, which currently shows nothing more than the game's logo.
Speaking of, the back end of the official teaser website has given away some more interesting details, with a line in the source code reading "Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the climatic finale of Lara's origin story", alongside promises of "pre-order incentives" and different editions. Further scrolling through the text reveals that there will be at least be "standard" and "limited" editions of the game.
The last little bit of info to be gleaned from the source code, aside from the fact that Square Enix really wants you to sign up for its newsletter, lines up with reports that started circulating last year: this teaser site is hosted on Eidos' website. No mention in the otherwise revelatory code is made of Crystal Dynamics, the main developer on both previous Tomb Raider games.
Crystal Dynamics is taking the lead on The Avengers Project (creative director Shaun Escayg joined Crystal Dynamics in January) so it may be too busy playing around with Marvel superheroes to finish Lara's origin story. On the other hand, developer Eidos Montreal is best known for creating Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, a franchise that Square Enix doesn't seem to be in a hurry to continue. The studio also contributed to Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider so it has prior experience with ancient artefacts and grisly death scenes.