Tomb Raider looks like an ambitious game, and considering the amount of recognition and awards it has received so far from the recently concluded trade show E3, it seems like Square Enix is targeting for the moon with this game.
Crystal Dynamics, the developers of the game, have received a mandate from the top to make it special. I guess that generally means lot of funding and help from the publisher Square Enix.
“We received a mandate, straight from the top to make this game special,” executive producer of the game Ron Rosenberg told GiantBomb via VG247.
“From [Square Enix CEO Yoichi] Wada-san, [Square Enix Europe CEO] Phil Rogers. They came to us and said ‘make the greatest Tomb Raider you can make’ and that’s where we kicked things off.”
“It’s been fantastic, to be frank. From the very top, Wada-san is super supportive of our game,” he said. “We’ve also had the chance to do some collaborations. The trailer that we released last year was done by Visual Works,” he said.
“We’re also doing some audio collaborations with Square Enix Japan. It’s just been fabulous to have those resources, and all those people at our back helping us.”
Sounds like Square Enix is following Sony’s first-party philosophy and it remains to be seen if they can reap the rewards of this support like Naughty Dog did.