There’s a new Tomb Raider game in development, and Square Enix doesn’t want you to know just yet, but it’s called Shadow of the Tomb Raider. How do we know? Because it leaked months ago: Eidos Montreal is making it while Crystal Dynamics keeps itself occupied with The Avengers. Sorry for the spoilers.

Anyway, the only information Square Enix is willing to share right now is that a “new Tomb Raider game is coming”. The company’s statement continues: “Driven by the goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won’t be very long between the official reveal and when you can play. Our journey together will begin with a major event in 2018. We simply can’t wait to take you on Lara Croft’s defining adventure.”

It’s all very strange to be honest. We had Shadow of the Tomb Raider pegged for a reveal at The Game Awards 2017 this evening, and the timing of this hastily prepared statement suggests that was potentially the original intention. But it would appear plans have changed, and Square Enix maybe wants a shorter marketing cycle prior to release.

We’re definitely intrigued, but until the publisher reveals its plans then this is just hot air really. We already knew that Eidos Montreal was making a new Tomb Raider, and all this statement really confirms is that we’ll learn more about it in 2018. Let’s hope this one doesn’t get caught up in an exclusivity scandal.