The recent series of Tomb Raider games have been some of my favorite games each year. The story-telling has been excellent and the games have been a ton of fun to play. Naturally, fans of the franchise are eagerly awaiting any hint of an official announcement for the installment. Square Enix gave us that today and even included a bit of a secret for those with keen eyes.
A message to our fans! pic.twitter.com/HlDYsUtZMs
— Tomb Raider (@tombraider) December 7, 2017
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Did reading that message feel a little bit odd to you? Yes, it’s an announcement of an announcement, which flies in the face of every feeling I have about generating hype for the sake of hype itself. However, if you think that the flow and wording seemed strange, you’re not alone.
If you take the first letter of each sentence and place them one after the other, you end up with the word “Shadow”. This appears to be a hidden confirmation of the long rumored title, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This title was first spotted by Reddit user Tripleh280, who saw someone working on a presentation on the subway in Montreal. Square Enix has offices in Montreal that have worked on prior Tomb Raider products.
So while all of this is still speculation, it is certainly a lot closer to an official confirmation than we were a year ago. At this point, if Square Enix doesn’t name the next title Shadow of the Tomb Raider, they will have truly lost out on an epic opportunity.
We’ll be looking forward to more news at one of the upcoming major gaming events in 2018!