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Here’s everything we know about Netflix’s Tomb Raider series

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Netflix’s Tomb Raider: The Legend Of Lara Croft animated series is coming and a lot of details have been laid bare including its release date and canon status.

As one of gaming’s most iconic video game series, Netflix’s Tomb Raider was a long time coming. Although Lara Croft has already seen some box office success thanks to Angelina Jolie’s campy films, the standards for video game adaptations have risen quite a bit since the. With the likes of Arcane, Halo, and Castlevania earning critical acclaim, Netflix’s Tomb Raider has a lot to aspire to. It’s also important for Netflix as it doubles down on video games.

Still, the reveal trailer gave fans of the franchise confidence in its potential and things haven’t slowed down since. Here’s everything known about the Tomb Raider animated and when it’s coming to Netflix.

What is the release date for Netflix’s Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft?

Tomb Raider: The Legend Of Lara Croft is set for release in 2024. No exact release date has been confirmed.

Lara Croft’s next adventure begins sometime in 2024, according to Netflix’s virtual DROP 01 event. Alongside Netflix’s Tomb Raider were a whole host of other announcements for animated series including:

  • Devil May Cry
  • Sonic Prime
  • Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix
  • Blue Eye Samurai
  • Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
  • Pluto
  • Masters of the Universe: Revolution
  • Castlevania: Nocturne

Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft was initially announced back in 2021, so it’s assumed that production has been going on for at least two years. Given how some video game adaptations announced earlier than Tomb Raider, such as Ark: The Animated Series, are still not out, Tomb Raider’s 2024 release isn’t unusual. 

It is unclear how far along the series is in development. Netflix is known to hold back the premiers of fully completed series to stagger out new releases on its service. Fans can expect it next year, though it’s anyone’s guess as to the exact date.

What is Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft about?

Netflix’s Tomb Raider is set between the reboot trilogy and the original games. 

The series takes place right after the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy, which ended with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This series intends to bridge the gap between the reboot trilogy and the original timeline, a gap that hasn’t been explored in the games.

That means this series may reference the more confident and snarky Lara Croft of the older games. One of the criticisms often thrown at the reboot trilogy was Lara’s more dour disposition towards her archaeological adventures. The story will likely explore how Lara comes to enjoy her adventures, or at least doesn’t dread them.

Is Netflix’s Tomb Raider canon?

Yes, Netflix’s Tomb Raider is set to be a canonical part of the series.

The fact that this is a bridge between the original and the reboot continuities does have a lot of implications for Lara Croft’s future. Namely, there could be the potential for Crystal Dynamics to start remaking the classic games in the Lara Croft trilogy.

Next on the docket for the studio is a remake of the original trilogy, which is set for a 2024 release. Where it goes from there is uncertain, but Tomb Raider fans have a lot to look forward to.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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