We’ve got a fresh trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider this morning. It’s all CGI, but it’s effective nonetheless. Lara Croft looks to have gone full blown bad ass.
Today’s footage looks to be the complete version of the trailer which teased us back in March. We see the same shots included in both, but in this version the scenes are fully played out.
Once again, the sun with an eclipse looming is drawn to our attention immediately. The impending eclipse is certain to be a heavy plot point in the game’s story.
The eclipse assuredly has religion implications for the Mayan warrior we’re greeted to. He’s putting on garb and smearing blood upon his face for a ceremony set to commence. A ceremony that looks to culminate with the sacrifice of a young boy.
Footage of Lara running through jungle is interspersed with the warrior. She’s avoiding a group of militia armed with machine guns. They wear masks which resemble the man running the sacrificial ritual. They’re obviously linked.
A focal point of Shadow of the Tomb Raider appears to be Lara’s inner turmoil regarding her relative ease straight up murdering her enemies at this point. As the jungle scene continues on, Croft does her best Batman impersonation and takes out the bad guys while deftly maneuvering to and from the shadows.
She easily handles the group, utilizing her bow, pickaxe and hand to hand combat to do so. She’s also wielding a large knife that she appears quite adept with. The weapon is predominantly displayed in promotional materials, and even the title’s box art that recently became available. It’s covered in blood.
Lara eventually makes her way to the ceremony after taking some bumps and bruises along the way. As the Mayan begins to drive his knife toward the sacrificial boy, he’s surprised by a sudden knife jabbed into his very own neck. He collapses to the ground and we see an exhausted Croft standing behind him.
The boy falls from the pedestal and gathers himself. Lara reaches out a hand to aid him. The hand is covered in blood. The boy, absolutely horrified, runs from Lara’s attempted help. She narrates, “After all I’ve sacrificed, I have to wonder… what will I become?”A cold blooded killer, apparently.
We’ll have to wait until the game’s debut to see if Square Enix is really going to explore the notion of regret from Lara murdering her enemies. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is launching for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 14th.