Shadow of the Tomb Raider Budget May Be $100 Million, Eidos Montreal Has Unannounced Game
Shadow of the Tomb Raider may continue the story begun in the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, but a different team of developers will be creating Lara’s latest adventure. Crystal Dynamics have stepped aside to make the new Avengers game, with Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex, Thief) taking the reins. GamesIndustry.biz sat down with Eidos Montreal boss David Anfossi to discuss the pressure of making their biggest game yet.
"Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and other different AAA single-player games, cost $75 million to $100 million. And that's production only -- it's close to $35 million on the promotion. So there's definitely a pressure. We cannot avoid it.”
It seems Eidos Montreal is tackling that pressure head on -- the studio currently has over 500 staff, and is hiring aggressively and completely renovating their offices. The expansion is necessary, as the studio is working on a lot of stuff, including Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Avengers (in a support capacity), and a third, unannounced, project. Mention of Eidos Montreal’s third project was slipped into GamesIndustry's interview without any extra details, but it’s an intriguing scrap of info nonetheless. What could this mystery project be? Eidos Montreal was rumored to be working on a Guardians of the Galaxy game back in 2017, although David Anfossi also spoke about his desire to do an original game…
"I have been thinking about that for ten years, actually. I know by experience that it's very, very difficult to develop a new IP. We have to be very humble about that. For me, like for every project actually, you have to find the right talent, with enough experience to tackle that. But also be able to work together. It's a very big challenge, but I would definitely like, at some point, to try and create a new universe."
Hmmm! What do you think Eidos Montreal’s third game might be? What would you like them to work on? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – the world is ready for a new Gex game.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider swings onto PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on September 14.