Lara Croft is one of gaming’s undoubted icons, but after the debacle which was Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness, it’s fair to say that Ms Croft has lost something of her all-conquering lustre.

Eidos certainly seemed to think so, removing Ms Croft from the hands of long-standing developer Core Design and placing her fate in the hands of US-based Legacy of Kain outfit Crystal Dynamics. There were even rumours that Ion Storm’s Warren Spector may be taking Ms Croft’s latest adventure in hand.

Still, little or nothing has been heard of Ms. Croft’s fate since. She was a no-show at this year’s E3, but work on the provisionally entitled Tomb Raider 7 has presumably continued apace, with unconfirmed reports suggesting that it may put in appearance sometime next year.

Well now those rumours appear to gather more pace as Top Cow productions, creator of the Lara Croft Tomb Raider comic, has confirmed it is winding down its latest issues, for a re-launch in conjunction with the release of the seventh Tomb Raider game in Summer 2005.

Top Cow says that it is also participating in the re-design of the new game.

Unfortunately we were unable to reach any UK Eidos representatives for confirmation, but since the story comes from one of the publisher’s business partners, it certainly has a fair degree of credibility.

So there you have it, Tomb Raider 7 seems on course for a release in Summer next year, with input from graphic novel specialist Top Cow. Not a huge amount of detail, but at least it’s a start.

We’ll bring you more Tomb Raider 7 details as they emerge from the shroud of secrecy.

source CVG