Eidos Montréal Boss: SotTR Has Been Fully Playable for a Year; Creating New IPs Is Very Difficult

Eidos Montréal boss David Anfossi revealed that Shadow of the Tomb Raider has been playable for a year. He then said creating new IPs is hard and risky, which is why Eidos Montréal sticks to established IPs.

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ccgr14d ago

As long as they are set apart from previous entries

Chris_Wray14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

It's certainly an interesting way to work through it and does seem to work, making sure the story and narrative is as they want it before worrying about the rest at all. Makes sense for a story driven game too.

Utter tosh about the new IP thing though. Great new IP's are being released all the time. Sure, it will be harder, harder but Eidos Montreal have never actually made a new IP so it's hard to really imagine them having any knowledge about it.

Imp0ssibl314d ago

True. SquareEnix probably forbade them to create new IP, but of course he can't say that

TheCommentator14d ago

Yeah, it does make a lot of sense because it's the same way movies are made too. The sets should obviously reflect the narrative and work to pull you into the story.

XiNatsuDragnel14d ago

As long as there changes. I'm set

IamTylerDurden114d ago (Edited 14d ago )

I'm not seeing much hype for this game. I actually thought Rise was a bit dry. The setting wasn't varied at all, Lara had a flat personality, the story moments were cliche, no bosses, and average writing. The environment was absolutely beautiful, but character models were mediocre especially in cut scenes. The game featured an ample amount of content, but it just wasn't that engaging. I actually enjoyed the previous game more.

oIITSBIIo14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

I found the first one boring and repetitive I even ignored the second one and didn't play it before 4 months ago and sparingly it was enjoyable and more fun to play, it's the only reason I'm looking for the next one I'm hoping for more improvements for the series.

starchild14d ago

I actually liked the first reboot better too. But I still enjoyed Rise of the Tomb Raider.

-Foxtrot14d ago

Course they are hard to do...that’s why you slapped Tomb Raider on the first game when it obviously could have been a new IP

IamTylerDurden114d ago (Edited 14d ago )

I believe it actually may have been better suited as its own game. It seems like they tried to fit Tomb Raider into this ultra serious wilderness survival adventure. I think it could've grown into something even more impressive if they weren't forced to tailor it towards the classic IP.

-Foxtrot14d ago

Call it "The Island" or "The Adventures of Laura Chambers: Yamatai's Curse" and it could have been a brand new IP without the restrictions of the Tomb Raider franchise.

I agree with the survival bit aswell but the thing is why the hell did this game feature health regen? Think about it, a survival like game and they ditch the Medikits from Tomb Raider which actually would have been a great fit for the reboot. Seems silly to me, another "I want it to be like Uncharted" feel the game had.

Imalwaysright14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

Oh no if its a Sony game its their developers pushing their games according to fox.

Reaprr14d ago

don't be silly
If it were left to gamers our favorite medium would never evolve.
we want devs making the same thing over and over again forever
A classic tomb raider in today's landscape wouldn't work
as you've seen.

-Foxtrot14d ago

There's a difference between refreshing a series and changing something into a brand new IP

The new God of War is something which is a great change while still retaining the franchises roots

Tomb Raider, while good games in terms of quality are really shit "Tomb Raider" games in name.

starchild14d ago (Edited 14d ago )


That's truly absurd. The new Tomb Raider games have the same elements as the old games--platforming, combat, puzzle solving, exploration--the only difference is there's more combat and somewhat less puzzle solving. You're trying to claim THAT makes it a brand new IP?That's seriously crazy.

God of War represents a bigger departure from the previous games, but you don't seem to have a problem with it. I don't think the changes in either franchise are a problem. In both cases, it resulted in superior games that better suit modern sensibilities.

Hungryalpaca14d ago


The only things that really has changed in the God of War is the camera and story driven narrative. That’s about it. Other than that it’s a god of war game.

The new tomb raider is barely recognizable as a tomb raider game. Not saying that’s a bad thing but it’s not like the originals at all. Where as god of war is.

Born2Game8314d ago

Classic Tomb Raider wouldn't work?????? I've never heard such a silly comment. WHY?????????? People today are too stupid to figure out puzzles??? Or they don't want a lengthy meaningful single player experience?????

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Imalwaysright14d ago

@ Starchild True but fox doesn't have a clue what TR is about in the 1st place but it is funny seeing his lame and weak excuses for his double standards.

-Foxtrot14d ago

Lol says the guy who over and over clings to peoples posts like this one because he thinks that the reboot is exactly the same as the original games

Clearly you have no idea about TR because it's obvious you never played or liked them back then....just another "fan" who only likes them now for what they've turned into, not for what they were.

Then I see above in your other comment you are making into a fanboy things...good grief, says it all really when it comes down to that, comes off kind of desperate.

Imalwaysright14d ago

"because he thinks that the reboot is exactly the same as the original games"

Is that what you took from all our discussions about TR? How dense can you be?! I never said that. What I keep saying to you is that the reboots retain ALL the core elements that the original TR set as standard for action adventure games. Is that so hard to understand? Changes were made to the gameplay mechanics and controls because they had to but you're still doing the same things you did in previous TR games because all the core elements are there you know like platforming something that new GoW does not have.... roots! What a joke.

Desperate about what? I'm here laughing at your weak excuses for your obvious double standards. For you to say that PS4 GoW is closer to previous GoW games than TR reboot is to previous TR games is absolutely hilarious. It's like you want everyone to see how blind you are.

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