CRYSTAL DYNAMICS CELEBRATES 25 YEAR GAMING LEGACY IN A NEW VIDEO
REDWOOD SHORES, CA -- (December 13, 2017)–Today, Crystal Dynamics®, the renowned developer of the critically acclaimed and world-famous TOMB RAIDER® franchise, released a brand new video highlighting the studio’s 25-year legacy of great gaming experiences.
The developer began its 25th year in a newly redesigned, state-of-the-art facility that includes a fully equipped motion capture stage, six soundproof audio rooms, a dailies review room featuring a 4K HDR TV setup, a photogrammetry capture space, a full 4K HDR Dolby Atmos™ equipped theater, and more.
Embracing a diverse staff of the industry’s best, many of whom have been tenured for over 15 years, industry leader Crystal Dynamics has developed and published over 30 award-winning titles during its 25-year adventure. Some of the most beloved franchises include Gex™, Legacy of Kain and most recently Tomb Raider, which has now sold over 63 million copies worldwide including 11 million units for Tomb Raider (2013) and more than 7 million units for Rise of the Tomb Raider®. In collaboration with Marvel, the studio is currently hard at work on the highly anticipated ‘Avengers’ project, which was announced earlier this year.
“Crystal occupies a special place in the games industry. Over a third of our team have been with the studio for more than 5 years, and several have been here for more than 20 years, which makes us a tightly knitted team,” said Ron Rosenberg, Head of Studio. “Over the years, many industry luminaries have worked at Crystal and contributed to the creative culture that our current rock star developers embody and evolve. From the very beginning, we’ve shared a common goal of crafting incredible character-driven games, and 25 years later that flame of innovation burns brighter than ever.”
Additionally in 2017, Crystal Dynamics partnered with charity organizations and the Tomb Raider community to continue its campaign of giving back, making charitable contributions to GameChanger, Extra Life, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
“We exist thanks to the generosity and love our amazing players show us; and it’s a true privilege to do what we do for what we feel are the best fans out there. So following their example, we are always looking for meaningful ways to give back to those in need and share our good fortune,” added Scot Amos, Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “Crystal exists to make the best games possible… be it within our legacy of Tomb Raider or our future with the Avengers project, we do this because we love making people happy. And that’s what giving is all about.”
About TOMB RAIDER
The TOMB RAIDER franchise has sold over 63 million copies worldwide and inspired one of the most successful video game film adaptations in history, grossing over $300 million at the global box office with protagonist Lara Croft becoming a contemporary global icon. The most recent release in the world famous franchise, Rise of the Tomb Raider, was released for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 9, 2015 and on PC January 28, 2016, and Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration™ was released for PlayStation®4 on October 11, 2016. The game has been technically enhanced for both the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro consoles with improvements tailored specifically to the power each platform offers. Rise of the Tomb Raider has received numerous “Best of” nominations and is one of the highest rated games on next generation systems. All of this has made TOMB RAIDER once again a destination brand for action-adventure.
About Crystal Dynamics
Crystal Dynamics celebrates its 25th year of development in 2017! This is the studio behind the critically acclaimed and world-famous TOMB RAIDER franchise, which has sold over 63 million copies worldwide. With over 30 video game titles released and hundreds of awards, the heroine Lara Croft has been a cultural icon for 20 years and has made an indelible mark on virtually every facet of entertainment. The most recent release, Rise of the Tomb Raider, has received over 100 awards and nominations and is one of the highest rated games on next generation systems.
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 135 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 75 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 63 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.