Are Tomb Raider and Deus Ex out of the wilderness now?

Control of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex IPs has now officially been transferred to Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics following their surprisingly cheap sale of Square Enix to Embracer Group. What this means for the future, Alex and Jim wonder in the video below.

We know that a new Tomb Raider game is in active development. It is being developed in Unreal Engine 5 and is set to “unify the timelines” of the classic games and the reboot trilogy. Exactly how that will pan out is a mystery: three games in, the reboot trilogy is still at a stage where Lara hasn’t *quite* become the Tomb Raider yet. Not quite up. Not quite revealed, still in the shadows. See what they did there?

And so, while it introduced supernatural elements early on, the reboot has plenty of unspun connective tissue to build a compelling bridge between Lara’s traumatic origins having to wade through the gritty realism of shooting Russian mercenaries and feeling pretty bad. feels about it, and its high (or low, depending on who you ask) as a wisecracking aristocrat who gleefully shoots the last living T-Rex alive.

There are rumors that Deus Ex is also being groomed for the resurrection. After Mankind Divided failed to capitalize on Human Revolution’s runaway critical and commercial success, the series seemed destined for the scrap heap. Deus Ex has never quite been the success story its devoted following suggests. While the original game was instrumental in shaping the medium, it inspired many story-driven RPGs that followed, and as acclaimed as Human Revolution was in revitalizing the series for the Xbox 360 generation, Deus Ex has always had a had a disappointing follow-up problem. It remains to be seen whether Adam Jensen’s story will continue, or if the series will undergo a third reboot.

As Alex points out in the video, Cyberpunk 2077 could be a crystallizing moment for cyberpunk-themed games: if it had been the massive hit we all expected (and if it hadn’t completely slipped into a garbage can at launch, still 18 months to deliver on its promise), Cyberpunk 2077 could have inspired a gold rush, as any publisher with something vaguely future-tech-dystopia-esque went on a dusty frenzy — in much the same way Uncharted created a massive hit, led to a revitalized Tomb Raider.

That can of course still happen. Cyberpunk 2077 is no longer seen as a miss. Those long months since tripe have been spent adding the shine and sparkle with which it should have been launched, and the new next-gen only expansion, Phantom Liberty, has the potential to fully realize CD Projekt RED’s vision, unhindered by to take care of cracking old hardware. Whose users should have treated them better frankly, but that’s a whole other article.

With the Embracer Group spending a lot of money and making a lot of noise about investments in their newly acquired properties, it is very likely that at some point we will also see a new Legacy of Kain (a welcome prospect), as well as, er, one on standalone Gandalf movie (a less welcome one). So it’s – carefully – a good time to like old things. Middle-aged gamers rejoice!

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