With the new “Tomb Raider” movie that came out in March 2018 and the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider set to release September 14, this has already been a big year for Square Enix and their titular character, Lara Croft. As if that wasn’t enough, Square Enix recently announced that they’ve also got a new board game in the works.
Set to release early in 2019, Tomb Raider Legends is not the first tabletop game to be designed by the company, nor is it the first Tomb Raider tabletop game to be based on the franchise, but it is the first time Square Enix will be giving us a board game set in the Tomb Raider universe.
Though Square Enix has been elusive regarding the details of the game, they have (in true Tomb Raider fashion) shared this picture of a “familiar relic.”
Fans were challenged to unearth further clues upon studying it. Square Enix recently dropped a picture of the game board and box, and some of the pieces that come along with the game.
From this we can see that the game is set on a circular board with varying area tiles: Goal, Start, Native Village, Pest Nest, Dinosaur, Deadly Waters, and Climax. Various cards can be played by up to four players, varying between Rush, Assault, Action, Rest, Steal, and Explore.
Balancing speed and eliminating enemies seems to be a key factor in winning the game, as the Action card removes two threat levels but will not move the player whereas the Rush card will advance players a tile, but eliminates only one enemy. Multiple “Laras” will be controlled by different players, and will use a variety of art from the video game series up to and including Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Check out Square Enix’s twitter feed to follow any news regarding Tomb Raider Legends, as more will undoubtedly be revealed as we draw closer to iits2019 release. Until then, we’ll have to settle for digging into Shadow of the Tomb Raider next month!