While most of the media attention surrounding adventure heroine Lara Croft may currently be firmly focused on the upcoming rebooted Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander, another exciting development has recently occurred in the franchise’s universe.
Over the past five years, a group of software developers and die-hard Tomb Raider fans have been recreating the game engine for the original series in an open-source format, with the ultimate aim being to rebuild the entirety of the first five games in the franchise. Despite the programmers’ attempts to secure the original title’s source code and assets from current Lara Croft license holder Square Enix to port over, OpenTomb is being built completely from scratch after their requests fell on deaf ears.
Ever since the franchise’s debut in 1996, Tomb Raider has remained enduringly popular with players and mainstream audiences. In addition to numerous film adaptations – including the reboot currently in production – the series has spawned number spinoffs such as an animated TV series titled Revisioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series, novels and comics.
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As a result of the efforts of the programmers behind OpenTomb, a similar project has recently been spun off from the main codebase to bring the original Tomb Raider to web browsers by using the OpenGL format. OpenLara currently comprises of a short demo of Tomb Raider that users can play in their compatible web browser, with plans to bring virtual reality support and further levels to the project in the near future.