Tomb Raider 1,2 & 3 PC Remasters Cancelled

Tomb Raider 1,2 & 3 PC Remasters Cancelled

Tomb Raider 1,2 & 3 PC Remasters Cancelled

The original Tomb Raider games are now considered to be classics by many PC gamers, spawning multiple reboots and feature films over time. Earlier this month reports started circulating that PC remasters of the original Tomb Raider Trilogy were in the works, moving PC away from the game’s original DOS versions. 

These remaster were reportedly being developed by realtech VR, the company that was responsible for the recent mobile ports of Tomb Raider 1 and 2, though curiously Square Enix didn’t reveal the upcoming remaster themselves, which is strange given how successful the franchise is for the publisher/license holder.    

It has now come to light that this project from realtech VR did not ask Square Enix for approval before announcing these remasters, ultimately resulting in Square Enix shutting down the project. Square Enix released the following statement on Twitter, though they have since deleted the post. 


    While we always welcome passion and excitement for the Tomb Raider franchise, the remasters in question were initiated and advertised without seeking approval,

As such, they were never officially sanctioned. Ensuring fans receive high-quality gaming experiences is at the heart of our mission as a company, which requires all projects to go through proper channels.

These remastered versions of Tomb Raider were reportedly based on the mobile version of the game, using a fully 3D engine with support for modern gamepads.   

Tomb Raider 1,2 & 3 PC Remasters Cancelled

 
While the cancellation of these remasters is disappointing, Square Enix is not at faulted shutting down an unapproved project which uses one of the company’s most successful IPs. Allowing this project to continue would set a dangerous precedent, though the backlash against this announcement may force Square Enix to consider an official remaster in the future.  

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