Shadow of the Tomb Raider may be gaming’s worst-kept secret right now. Square Enix has yet to officially announce the game, but the title the Shadow of the Tomb Raider name was leaked in late 2016 when somebody glimpsed a PowerPoint presentation on a game developer’s laptop while riding the subway. No, really. Kotaku later confirmed the name to be legit.
Well, it seems we have further proof Shadow of the Tomb Raider exists. Takeoff Creative is an LA studio that creates promotional materials for video games, and has collaborated with Square Enix and Ubisoft in the past. Recently they posted an image promoting the work they did on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which features a look at the game’s official logo and early concept sketches for the game’s key art. Check it out, below.
Here’s how Takeoff describes their work on the Shadow of the Tomb Raider:
“Through sketches and renders, we explored varying concepts for the Shadow of the Tomb Raider logo and key art. This process consisted of using the different pillars of the game as inspiration to accurately portray the brand.”
Aside from confirming the Shadow of the Tomb Raider title again, the concept sketches could reveal some tidbits about the upcoming game. We see Lara wielding some different weapons, including a machete, spear, and small sword, and in one image she appears to be holding something in her hand that’s producing smoke or steam. For the most part though, this looks like a typical Lara Croft adventure, which certainly isn’t a bad thing.
Tomb Raider skipped E3 2017, but Square Enix have said we’ll learn more about the game later this year. It’s rumored Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be coming out in early next year to coincide with the Alicia Vikander-starring Tomb Raider movie, which hits theaters on March 16, 2018.