Tomb Raider Update Makes Controversial Change Not Mentioned in the Patch Notes

The newest update to the Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered trilogy quietly pushes a change that was conspicuously absent from the patch notes.

Tomb Raider Update Makes Controversial Change Not Mentioned in the Patch Notes

The Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered compilation has reportedly made a change to the game that was not mentioned in the recent update's patch notes, riling up fans about previous promises. The compilation, released earlier this year, brings back the iconic original trilogy of Lara Croft's adventures that turned the franchise into a household name in gaming. The remakes have seen praise for their graphical enhancements to the classic adventure games, as well as several quality-of-life upgrades. Now, however, an unmentioned part of the most recent update is making a controversial change.

Since the release of Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered in February, developer Aspyr has pushed out regular updates to the trilogy. The games received their second major update earlier this month, introducing several fixes to Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered's achievements and new additions to the game's Photo Mode. The update also fixed an issue with the Epic Games Store version of the game, now properly launching Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered in fullscreen mode. However, one quietly pushed change has some Lara Croft fans up in arms.

As reported by NintendoLife, some eagle-eyed fans have discovered a change in Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered's Update 2 not mentioned in the patch notes. The update specifically affects Tomb Raider 3, with pinup posters of Lara Croft removed from the game. The posters could originally be found at the very beginning of Tomb Raider 3's fourth level, hanging on the wall above a line of lockers. Neither Aspyr nor current Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics acknowledged the posters' removal ahead of the update's launch.

Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered Quietly Makes Controversial Change

The unexpected removal of the Lara Croft posters from Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered comes in contrast to Crystal Dynamics' previous statements about the remasters. Within the launch screens for Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered, players are greeted with a message warning about "offensive depictions of people and cultures." Crystal Dynamics stated in the warning that it chose to preserve the content "in its original form," suggesting that fans and developers can "learn from its harmful impact."

The success of the Tomb Raider trilogy has sparked new excitement for the franchise, with more from Lara Croft seemingly on the way. The trilogy of remasters was quickly followed by rumors that Aspyr may be looking at a Tomb Raider 4 remaster, based on cryptic hints within the games. Crystal Dynamics has also begun to tease the next entry in the franchise, showing off a new look for Lara Croft for the upcoming Tomb Raider Next. Lara Croft's status as a video game icon remains strong, even nearly 30 years after her first adventure.

Franchise Tomb Raider Platform(s) PC , PS5 , PS4 , Switch , Xbox Series X , Xbox Series S , Xbox One Released February 14, 2024 Developer(s) Aspyr , Crystal Dynamics Publisher(s) Aspyr Genre(s) Action-Adventure ESRB M For Mature 17+ Due To Blood, Intense Violence, Suggestive Themes See at Nintendo eShopSee at Playstation StoreSee at SteamSee at Xbox Games Store

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