The recent Tomb Raider reboot was critically successful, and generally well received by the fans as well. The demand for a sequel was pretty evident right away, but with ludicrous sales targets that the game failed to reach, even we had doubts whether or not Square Enix would actually give the greenlight on the project. However, Phil Rogers, CEO of Square Enix America/Europe, has since confirmed that a next-gen sequel is in development.
Apparently, there have been changes at the publishing giant to account for the “extraordinary losses”. Rogers explained, “We’ve recently re-orientated our studio leadership to focus production expertise at the top, to allow us to ship the best quality games possible, faster and with better cost control. We’ve taken away administrative duties from studio heads, so they get closer to the games, gameplay and gamers with fewer distractions.”
Rogers continued, “We’ve made these changes to all of our studios in the Americas and Europe and we believe this will improve not only the quality of our games, but also improve the time between releases.”
That wasn’t all though as Darrell Gallagher, former Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics’ studio head, now head of product development and studios at Square Enix, added, “It’s still early days, so I’m afraid I can’t provide any further details for now save my assurance that we’re not resting on our laurels and acclaim from Tomb Raider’s recent successes, but working hard to raise the bar even higher and re-affirm the faith you’ve shown.”
Personally, I can’t wait to learn more about it as I thought the reboot was absolutely fantastic! If you haven’t had a chance to play the game yet, I highly recommend you check our review as the game is definitely worth your time.