Square Enix’s E3 2018 show opened with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. We got to see the cinematic from the very beginning of the game before Daniel Chayer-Bisson began to tell us about the game.

A big part of Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be a concept called “becoming one with the jungle”. The game will have a strong emphasis on stealth. Players can conceal themselves in bushes or cover themselves in mud and stalk their enemies from the shadows. Classic stealth mechanics like throwing things for a distraction and stealth kills will definitely be a part of this game. Essentially, you’re Rambo getting covered in mud and killing bad guys with a bow and arrow or various other weapons and improvised implements. Take a look at some footage of the gameplay if you missed the live show:

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will include new ways to move throughout the game including grappling, wall running, and 360-degree swimming. If you’re hydrophobic, you’re gonna be in for a bad time – this game is going to have full 3D underwater environments where players will struggle to survive.

Back on the surface, we can expect to see the biggest hub ever featured in a Tomb Raider game along with a hidden city. And of course, there will still be plenty of tombs filled with devious puzzles and deadly traps that will be more challenging than ever before.

If you’re attending E3 2018, you’ll be able to check out playable demos at the Square Enix booth. Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be available for the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on September 14, 2018.

What do you think of Shadow of the Tomb Raider? Do you think the game will be as good as the previous two titles in the new trilogy? What do you think of the overall direction of the modern franchise? Let us know in the comments below. 

If you want to know more about this and other announcements happening at E3 then be sure to check out our E3 2018 Coverage Hub.


Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!