The first Tomb Raider slot was released way way back in 2004, after Microgaming and Square Enix teamed up to bring Lara Croft to the world of online gaming. Four years later in 2008, Tomb Raider: Secret of the Sword became the second title in the series to hit the market.
Things went quiet after that but now, almost exactly 15 years since they first joined forces, Microgaming and Square Enix have come together once more to bring us the 3rd installment.
It is planned to be showcased at the ICE gaming event in London in Feb 2019 and no doubt Microgaming are hoping it will be a hit after a lackluster few years. Players have been less than enamored with the industry leader in recent times with many complaining of nothing but cloned games and low payouts, even claiming that the company is beyond redemption.
No doubt they themselves would disagree with this, and perhaps this latest Tomb Raider offering can be the turning point. Microgaming’s chief operating officer said:
“We are incredibly excited to announce the renewal of our historic partnership with Square Enix to develop a new Lara Croft online slot game that honours and builds on the brand’s massive popularity in the game industry, film and beyond. 2019 is our 15th anniversary with the brand and we play to celebrate the unprecedented milestone with a wave of big reveals on another show-stopping stand at ICE.”
So we will have to wait until February to hear more.
Triple Edge Studios
It is actually the independent Triple Edge Studios who will be developing the title through Microgaming, and while confirmed details are scarce at the moment, we have heard rumours of rolling reels, a multiplyer trail, and a jackpot of up to 5,000x.
Triple Edge Studios are the guys behind titles such as Halloween which proved popular with players, and also Playboy Gold which was something of a disaster. Most recently they developed Book of Oz just in time for Christmas; the respins feature was applauded but the same old cries of ‘clone’ could be heard in the forums. It received better than average reviews on the whole, but a big name like Tomb Raider needs to really wow players in order to win back any favour.