It's been a while since we've heard anything new about Lara Croft's ambition to collect even more bruises in the Tomb Raider reboot, but in a Twitter Q&A (opens in new tab) held last weekend (via Eurogamer (opens in new tab) ), Crystal Dynamics Global Brand Director Karl Stewart wrote that Lara's journey needs "12 to 15" hours to complete. Additionally, Stewart revealed that there will be no swimming in the game.
“@ ste7enr : @ tombraider @ crystaldkarl how long will the game be?? #TombRaider ” — Tomb Raider (@tombraider) November 25, 2012 November 25, 2012
Just to be clear Lara hasn't FORGOTTEN how to swim! We just made the decision NOT to have her swim in this @ tombraider . #justclearingthatup ! November 26, 2012
Tomb Raider's narrative focuses on the grit-lined transformation of Lara from a meek meerkat to roaring pantheress as she ekes a survival in the trackless wilderness after surviving a shipwreck. The story also touches on the darker side of human nature in the face of bleak odds, an element writer Rhianna Pratchett believes needs more exposure in games (opens in new tab) .
Tomb Raider releases March 5, 2013.