Last week, Square Enix and Eidos Montreal wrapped up their version of Lara Croft’s origin story with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. While the newest adventure sees the conclusion of Lara’s journey to become the character she’s know for, it appears an alternate ending was scrapped from the story’s original version. While Eidos Montreal was quick to jump on the issue, it couldn’t stop some players from running into the alternate ending, and has caused a bit of a stir with players.
According to an article from Kotaku, anyone who bought a physical copy of Shadow of the Tomb Raider and finished the main story without downloading the game’s day-one patch ran into a post-credits scene that the patch is intended to remove. Seeing as how the recent trilogy reboot centers around Lara becoming the Tomb Raider she’s been known as for decades, it appears the discovered post-credit scene has significant ties to the original 1996 PlayStation 1 game.
This isn’t the first time the reboot of Tomb Raider has gone through a major development change. While many fans across forums have voiced their discovering of the alternate ending, Square Enix was quick to jump on the matter to discuss the reasoning for the mistake.
“During the course of development on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, multiple post-credits scenes were explored. Unfortunately one of the directions that was considered, but not chosen, was mistakenly included in the game. The Day One patch fixes this error, along with many other improvements. As always, we highly recommend that our players install the patch to enjoy the complete and most up-to-date experience.”
In the now-removed ending for Shadow of the Tomb Raider (avoiding major spoilers), the post-credit scene showcases Lara’s iconic dual pistols in the background, as well as an unopened letter from the original game’s main antagonist, Natla. The removed cut-scene doesn’t seem to have an indications of more games coming to the Tomb Raider series however, as Square Enix has confirmed the references are not meant to be canon with any of the franchise’s older releases.
With the main story for Shadow of the Tomb Raider not being too long, it’s no surprise there have been some players who have run into the “alternate” ending.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.