Both the Tomb Raider film series and video game franchise are set for fresh beginnings, with grittier and more realistic reboots that will follow a much younger Lara Croft. Outside of the words from Crystal Dynamics about them being done with the old series and needing to start over with something new and different, we’ve only seen a few images of the younger protagonist, but nothing more.

The wait full a full Tomb Raider reveal is almost over however, as Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have just announced that the world premiere trailer for the upcoming and entirely new Tomb Raider video game will debut next week and we have a sneak peek at what players can expect.

The Tomb Raider debut trailer will go live on tombraider.com at 7am GMT, next Friday, June 3rd and it will be entirely CG. Square Enix released to screenshots from the trailer which offer a clear emphasis on the realism and grit, so much so that you can’t even tell it’s animated.

Take a look at these photo-realistic still from the Tomb Raider trailer:

So, is it CG mixed with live-action?

When the Tomb Raider reboot was first announced last December, Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics, gave a clear and direct explanation that you can forget the old games and prepare for something much more special:

“Forget everything you know about TOMB RAIDER, we are exploring things that have never been done before in this game… This is an origins story that creates Lara Croft and takes her on a character defining journey like no other.”

As for the story of the Tomb Raider reboot, it starts off with a young Lara stranded:

“After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was travelling on, a frightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach. On her own but not alone she has only one goal, to survive.”

The latest rumors hint at an experience system for the new Tomb Raider, indicating that it may be adding RPG elements as a layer of gameplay depth. We’ll find out more when Game Rant meets up with Square Enix at E3 in two weeks and next Friday as the trailer hits.

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