Crystal Dynamics & Eidos have finally announced Tomb Raider Underworld. TRU will take place after the events of Tomb Raider Legend and is set around the Mayan calendar, specifically the six lost days which open the gates to the Underworld.
We’ll be seeing improvements such as Lara’s body reacting to the weather and environment – if it is hot, she will sweat. If it is raining, the water will trickle down her body. If it is muddy, dirt will cling to her and gradually wash off due to the rainfall. Her clothes will also react to changing environmental conditions. Lara interacts with environmental foliage, sweeping it away as she passes through it.
TRU uses a realistic and dynamic weather system including torrential rainpour, thunderclouds and lightning. An improved physics engine means that the whole world is reacts to Lara’s presence and has memory. Lara leaves footprints in the mud. Debris and bodies will no longer vanish, providing valuable markers of where the player has been in the game world. An innovative lighting system moves beyond simple dynamic lighting to create stunning and realistic environments. The game is more open-ended than ever before, giving players the choice of how to tackle situations. Crystal Dynamics travelled on location to photograph the Mayan tombs ensuring a realistic look to the ruins. For more information, please visit http://www.tombraiderchronicles.com/underworld/index.html