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Five locations fit for the next Tomb Raider game

Published: 09:19, 17 December 2022
Where will Lara Croft continue her adventure
Where will Lara Croft continue her adventure

Here are five locations that would be a perfect setting for the next Tomb Raider game from Crystal Dynamics and Amazon Games.

Earlier this week, Crystal Dynamics announced a new partnership with Amazon Game Studios to work on the new Tomb Raider game, which will be a single-player story-driven multiplatform adventure, published by Amazon.

The biggest question that rose the moment this game was teased last summer was: where will this new adventure take our famous archaeologist Lara Croft? Given the fact that we know nothing about the time and setting of the next Tomb Raider game, we have room to imagine the new possible locations and places Lara could visit in the next Tomb Raider game.

These are our favourites:

1. India

We would like to see the new Tomb Raider in India We would like to see the new Tomb Raider in India

We've seen Lara visit India before, namely in Calcutta for the original Tomb Raider's opening act, but this was only a cutscene and not playable section. India, as a playable location, was available only for a bit in Tomb Raider III.

India is a country with great history and a lot of places that could serve as a beautiful setting for the new Tomb Raider game. Crystal Dynamics can take inspiration from the last Uncharted game, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy , which took place in India and didn't disappoint. Crystal Dynamics might even draw influence from Hindu mythology, given Tomb Raider's openness to the supernatural.

2. England

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla could be an inspiration for the new Tomb Raider game Assassin's Creed: Valhalla could be an inspiration for the new Tomb Raider game

Lara Croft's birthplace, England, was not included in the Tomb Raider games, as one might have hoped. Most levels that took place in England in Tomb Raider games are limited to Lara's mansion, Croft Manor. Almost every game has a section where you visit this place, but usually through cutscenes. 

Games like Legend and Anniversary have levels where you can explore Lara's home, but from an archaeological perspective, only Tomb Raider Legend has a level where you visit the tomb of King Richard. The Roman Empire, Viking Invasion, Celtic Tribes, and Picts of Scotland (not in England, but in the UK) all had a big historical influence and left a lot to explore for such an archaeologist as Lara Croft. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla is a shining example of what England can offer from an archaeological point of view.

3. Greece

Greece is such a beautiful place for any game to be set in Greece is such a beautiful place for any game to be set in

Where to even begin? Greece is known as the "cradle of civilization" and has some of the top ancient sites in the world. Modern Greece is filled with historical sites and ruins, and, surprisingly, only one level of the original Tomb Raider takes place in this country. 

Ancient temples, Greek mythology, Atlantis, Olympus, and all of that combined with beautiful beaches and Greek islands could be the perfect location for the new Tomb Raider game. Again, inspiration can be taken from Assassin's Creed: Odyssey , one of the most beautiful games ever made.

4.  China

China is much more than just the Great Wall. Could be a nice place for the new Tomb Raider China is much more than just the Great Wall. Could be a nice place for the new Tomb Raider

Lara Croft visited China only once in her tomb-raiding career, during the opening and finishing acts of Tomb Raider II, but those sections were confined exclusively to the famous Great Wall. China can offer so much more than just the Great Wall. 

The country has been ruled by several empires and dynasties at different times, and there is no shortage of tombs and artefacts from those periods of China's history. Also, the various religions and cultures in this country could be a good inspiration for the supernatural part of the next Tomb Raider story.

5. Middle East countries (Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey)

Lara already visited Middle East in Rise, why not again Lara already visited Middle East in Rise, why not again

This region of the world was home to two major civilizations: Mesopotamia and Persia. Even though such civilizations are no longer in existence, their archaeological remnants remain. This could be the perfect place for Lara to continue her adventure. Lara visits Prophet's tomb in Rise of the Tomb Raider, and that section of the game is visually striking. 

But apart from that one level, we saw nothing else from this part of the world, which is a shame. We didn't see many Middle Eastern countries in action-adventure games in general. The last levels of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception took place in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, as did some older games like Prince of Persia and, of course, the original Assassin's Creed . Assassin's Creed Mirage will be set in Baghdad during the Abbasid Caliphate too. So setting up a new Tomb Raider game in this part of the world could be a good idea.


Older Tomb Raider games usually sent Lara to various locations all over the world, so in the first Tomb Raider, we can visit Peru, Egypt, and Greece. The last three games were set in a single location, so in Tomb Raider (2013), the entire game is set on the island of Yamatai, near Japan. Rise of the Tomb Raider took place in Siberia, except for one level in Syria, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider in Peru, except for one level in Mexico. 

Whether this new Tomb Raider game will be set in a single location or more than one, we expect that Crystal Dynamics, with the help of Amazon Games, will live up to its reputation and deliver us a game worthy of its predecessors.

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