Tomb Raider is one of the greatest franchises out there. Lara Croft is probably the best known face of gaming. There is no lack of games published in the series thus far, but the fans are hoping for more of the old school. Anniversary version of the first game that came out in 2007 still holds well and some fans have expected Eidos (now Square Enix Europe) to put out other titles from the first period of the series. As usual, where developers decided not to act, modders stepped in.
Chief developer that goes by the handle Nicobass is rebuilding Tomb Raider 2. He is helped by a team of volunteers and they are using Unreal Engine 4. As can be seen above, it looks pretty nifty. So far they have managed to create a playable demo of the first cave in the Great Wall level. You can actually download and try it for yourself, at their website.
Those who were around at the time will remember that Tomb Raider 2 from 1997 is held in high esteem among the players. Core Design pumped it out very quickly after the first game, in only eight months. This did not stop them from creating one of the most memorable Tomb Raider games. It went on to sell 8 million copies worldwide, which makes it second most successfull in the franchise, after the original game, of course.
Hopefully Nicobass and the team will be able to continue doing God’s work and bring us all a chance to take to the canals of Venice in glorious UE 4. Of course, if a cease-and-desist does not come flying their way soon.