Aspyr Media promised it would be sharing new details concerning its upcoming Tomb Raider I - III Remastered project in the near future, and it has now delivered in the form of a lengthy PlayStation Blog post. For starters, it's broken down its vision for the three remasters across graphics and gameplay, implementing improvements that enhance both. Then, you can choose to use either the original tank controls from the PS1 era or utilise the new control scheme based on the Legend, Anniversary, and Underworld slate of Tomb Raider games. This maps camera control to the right stick.
Next, health bars have been added for boss fights, in-game items like health kits and ammo will now be 3D instead of 2D, and there'll be more than 200 Trophies for you to unlock. There's also a Photo Mode so you can get the perfect shot of Lara Croft. "Our philosophy here was rather straightforward; we want the games to look the way they did in your mind," said director of product Chris Bashaar. "We knew we were on the right track in our early playtests because some play testers didn’t even know they were playing with the modern art toggled on."
Below you'll find a list of even more upgrades set to feature in the remaster:
- Baked and real-time lighting effects
- Graphics toggle (at any point in the game, you can switch between the original and remastered visuals)
- New models, environments, and enemies
- New models for Lara Croft
You can view examples of all the above in the PlayStation Blog post. Tomb Raider I - III Remastered (yes, starring Lara Croft) launches for PS5, PS4 on 14th February 2024, with pre-orders available on the PS Store now. PS Plus members can get a 10 per cent discount on the launch price, making it £22.49 / $26.99. Will you be taking the trip back in time to play these classics? Let us know in the comments below.