The Tomb Raider franchise has been going for a while now. There are the original games starring the iconic polygonal Lara Croft, followed by the more recent reboots that gave the gaming community a more fleshed out heroine to cheer for. While there have certainly been different ideas bandied about for her adventures in the past, it seems a lost Tomb Raider remake has made its way into daylight. The most interesting thing about this rare find is that you can play it right now.
Back in 2006, Core Design was hard at work remaking the original Tomb Raider for Sony’s portable handheld, the PSP. It was to be called Tomb Raider: 10th Anniversary. It came close to completion, according to studio manager Gavin Rummery. Unfortunately, things did not pan out.
The game was cancelled in favor of a cross-platform remake instead. Crystal Dynamics took over the reins, and we got Tomb Raider: Anniversary the next year instead.
Gearing up for something new
Not wanting to waste the work that was already done, the assets for the cancelled Tomb Raider remake were apparently put to other uses. They were reskinned for an Indiana Jones game that also did not launch. Eventually, the closure of Core Design in 2010 relegated this project to the lost annals of time. Or so we thought.
As fate would have it, some of these assets have now appeared. You can find them on the Internet Archive. Just follow some instructions, and you can boot up an alpha version of Tomb Raider: 10th Anniversary. It is a relatively simple process. Install a patch, Visual Studio, and grab a PS4/Xbox 360 gamepad. The Tomb Raider remake can then be yours to explore.
Featuring several locations, these levels allow you to climb, jump, and even swim in Peru, Greece, and Croft Manor. It is certainly a blast from the past, and interesting to see just what could have been for Lara Croft. For fans of the series, this is indeed an unearthed treasure.