The writing’s been on the wall for a while, but Square Enix has finally officially confirmed that its upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will release in 2013. The game had originally been planned for a 2012 release, but will now face a six month delay into the first quarter of next year.

Crystal Dynamics’ Darrell Gallagher announced the unfortunate news in a post published on the Tomb Raider blog. He cited the game’s bold new direction as a reason for the delay. We suppose all those big holiday release date announcements didn’t help either.

He said:

We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve.

Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game’s release date by a few months.

We’ll get our second proper glimpse of the game at next month’s E3. To sate growing anticipation, Square Enix has released a new screenshot of the title. It shows Lara coming face to face with a corpse. Yep, this is exactly the kind of Tomb Raider reboot we wanted.

The delay is disappointing, but if it helps Crystal Dynamics realise its vision then we can get behind it. The reboot’s been firmly slotted at the top of our radar ever since last year’s E3, so we can’t wait to see how its developed over the past 12 months.

[via forums.eidosgames.com]