All right, everyone, drop everything, because the Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer is officially out on the Tomb Raider site, and I've only been waiting for this for about six thousand years—so here we go.
Alongside the first screenshots of the game, the trailer went live today (just a little while after it was leaked) and it looks gorgeous. In this installment, Lara will be sneaking and slashing her way through the shadows of a Maya apocalypse, which she must, of course, stop. While the trailer isn't actual gameplay, if past games are any indication we can hopefully expect the visual quality to surpass the previous two games in the reboot franchise (not to mention on 4K-capable screens and consoles). This game isn't going to be an Xbox One timed exclusive at any point; it will release on September 14 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC at the same time.
Direct from Square Enix's site: "In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be."
I do wonder, though—at what point will Lara actually become the Tomb Raider, if in this game she will be "forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be"? The last game was called Rise of the Tomb Raider, after all, and I assumed that she'd already risen. Is she not already the Tomb Raider in essence? In the trailer, you can see her climbing rugged mountains, assassinating modern enemies, and interrupting a (presumably) deadly ritual, which seems pretty Tomb Raider-y of her.
Check out the trailer below, and for more information (screenshots, pre-order information, news—the works) be sure to visit the official Tomb Raider website.