Tomb Raider developer staffed for two projects

Following some layoffs and ‘re-establishing their values as a studio,’  Crystal Dynamics, the developer behind three of the most recent Tomb Raider titles, has now been fully staffed for two future projects, head of studio Darrell Gallagher says.

Speaking in an interview with Gamasutra about recent changes the studio has undergone, Gallagher couldn’t yet reveal what the projects were, let alone discuss specifics, but did say that Tomb Raider “as a franchise, is absolutely part of the Crystal fabric.”

“It’s a key franchise and awesome to be part of… we’re excited about what we’ve been exploring, and we’re excited to share it with the fans at some point.”

According to Gallagher, Crystal Dynamics views their three Tomb Raider games as a trilogy in the history of Lara Croft that has been brought to a close, making the talk of the possible mature-rated, open-world, multiplayer-equipped reboot sound a bit more plausible.

After reading the interview, GT’s Geoff Keighley was quick to share via Twitter that he’s “heard rumblings of a new Lara Croft project” that may be shown off at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week.

Gallagher himself says the studio is looking forward to sharing information “in a couple of months”. E3 2010 in June then, perhaps?