Maybe you're wondering why there wasn't any Tomb Raider game goodness during tonight's The Games Awards trailer palooza. Maybe you weren't wondering, but in case you were, there's a reason for Lara Croft's absence.
Earlier today, the official Tomb Raider (for the games, not the new film) twitter account posted an image stating what's up:
"A new game is coming", the post says. "Driven by our goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won't be very long between the official reveal and when you can play."
Polygon has since posted that a Square Enix rep told them that the 'company is not giving further details at this time beyond the announcement posted on Twitter'.
This is a novel approach, where so often in a game situation like this with a highly visible title, the 'go go go' style is more common. It's a safe bet (but not completely off the table) that Crystal Dynamics is NOT the developer behind this next Tomb Raider game, despite having 10 years with the franchise. They're currently busy with an Avengers title, so it may stand to reason that another studio may get Lady Croft's next adventure.
We do get a new Tomb Raider film next year, staring Oscar winning actress Alicia Vikander as the titular adventurer. This could tie in to the end of the message from the twitter statement, 'beginning a major event in 2018'. The new film opens on March 16th, 2018.
Fun fact- one commenter on the Tomb Raider twitter thread pointed out that the first letter of each sentence spells out "S-H-A-D-O-W".