Tomb Raider PlayStation Trilogy Remasters Coming to Steam, But There Are Some Caveats

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Mar 12, 2018
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Have the itch to replay the original Tomb Raider trilogy in all its pointy, polygonal glory? Those who don’t want to dig their old PlayStations out of the closet can buy Lara’s original adventures on Steam, but don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles – they’re just basic DOS ports running on an emulator. Thankfully, the games are about to get a new coat of paint.

Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II and Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft are getting a remastering sometime this year. These new versions of the games will feature controller support, run at 1080p at 60fps, and add a variety of other visual updates (16x anti-aliasing, new lighting, updated textures, and more). You can catch a sneak peak of the remastered versions of Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider II, below.

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Now, before you get too excited, a few caveats – these Tomb Raider remasters will be based on the Android/iOS versions of the games. These mobile ports have been received relatively well (Tomb Raider has a 3.8 user rating on the Google Play store, and Tomb Raider II has a 3.9), but still, you may want to temper expectations a bit. You’ll also need to own the original Steam releases of Tomb Raider 1, 2, and 3 in order to play the remasters, as they’re essentially just extensive mods (but hey, if you’ve already bought the games on Steam, the remasters are free). It isn’t clear how involved publisher Square Enix is with these remasters, but, presumably, they’ve given developer Realtech VR the go-ahead to release them.

We don’t yet have a solid release date for the Tomb Raider remasters. Realtech VR are currently finishing up the Android/iOS port of Tomb Raider III, after which, they’ll turn their full focus to the Steam remasters. A proper trailer for the remasters will arrive next month, and an open beta is due this summer.

Any interest in reliving Tomb Raider’s golden era? Or are Lara Croft’s dinosaur-shooting days best left behind us?

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