Microgaming announce a new Tomb Raider slot to preview at ICE 2019

It is incredible to think that the partnership between Microgaming and Square Enix which resulted in the first Lara Croft Tomb Raider slot back in 2004, is now 15 years old. Indeed, this relationship is believed to be the longest partnership within the slots industry.

Of course, since that first release and its huge success, Microgaming then went on to develop and release a second game, Tomb Raider: Secret of the Sword four years later in 2008 and the Lara Croft Temples and Tombs slot in 2019.

However since then, there have not been any further Tomb Raider themed releases but with a recent motion picture reviving the Tomb Raider story, it is perhaps unsurprising that on the 15th anniversary of this partnership, Microgaming have announced that a third instalment is in the works.

The new game is being developed by one of Microgaming's partner studios, Triple Edge, and has been penned in for release at some point in 2019.

Triple Edge have already produced some high quality and innovative titles through their partnership with Microgaming. Amongst the titles that the company has produced has been the popular Halloween online slot, based on the famous film, Oink: Country Love, Playboy Gold, Diamond Empire, Action Ops: Snow and Sable, Wicked Tales: Dark Red and most recently the Book of Oz video slot, which was released around Christmas 2018.

Little detail is confirmed about the game, although Microgaming have revealed that the slot will once again feature Lara Croft in the leading role, and she will once again be embarking on another epic quest which will serve as the narrative to the slot game.

Who is Lara Croft?

Lara Croft is one of the most iconic characters in gaming and cinematic history. She was one of the first characters to first come to prominence as a gaming character and then went on to earn further popularity through a series of films. In the past, it has tended to be the other way around, with movie characters then seeing a game spawned from their character in the film.

From the release of the first ever Tomb Raider game back in October 1996, the Tomb Raiders series of games has seen an incredible 67 million units sold, which makes Lara Croft the best-selling video games heroine of all time.

Following the success of the initial Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider II games, Tomb Raider Anniversary was released in 2007 which was essentially a remake of the original game and then in 2013, a reboot of the series, using the same name, was released in 2013.

The game was a huge success across multiple devices with some critics declaring it is one of the finest video games ever made and its 3D action-adventure playing style was copied by many games that would follow in its footsteps.

In 2001, the first Tomb Raider film was released with Angelina Jolie in the title role as Lara Croft Tomb Raider hit the silver screen. While only a modest success with critics, the film was loved by fans and its popularity spawned a sequel, once again with Jolie in the role Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life, which was released in 2003.

Again, the film wasn't hugely loved by critics, but the film still proved to be a success with fans and a third film in the series had been planned, but by this time Angelina Jolie had decided to move on from the character and without her being in the title role, the third film in the series was not made.

However, despite this, Tomb Raider games and slots continued to be hugely popular and in 2018, the series was rebooted with the film Tomb Raider, which saw Alicia Vikander taking over the role of Lara Croft. The reboot of the franchise met with modest success with Vikander revealing that she would be interested in making a sequel at some point in the future if there is interest in the project.

In the slot industry, Tomb Raider was released back in 2004, with the sequel Tomb Raider - Secret of the Sword coming four years later in 2008 and now ten years later, Microgaming have announced that the third game in the series will be released this year.

Preview at ICE Totally Gaming 2019

Microgaming have announced that they will be previewing the forthcoming Tomb Raider slot at the ICE Totally Gaming 2019 gaming event, which will be held in London at the ExCeL Arena from 5th - 7th February.

Last year, Microgaming previewed two of their forthcoming releases, Fortunium and Cash Of Kingdoms in spectacular style, so it promises to be an exciting few days in London as the company will do doubt have something equally lavish in store to present its new Tomb Raider slot to the world. Last year saw an ice-cream machine as part of the celebration for Fortunium, while a foot archer helped promote Cash of Kingdoms, will we see someone reprising the role of Lara Croft at the Microgaming stand in February?

Speaking about the news of the release of a new Tomb Raider game, Microgaming's Chief Operating Officer Andrew Clucas stated:

"We are incredibly excited to announce the renewal of our historic partnership with Square Enix to develop a new Lara Croft online slot game that honours and builds on the brand's massive popularity in the game industry, film and beyond. 2019 is our 15th anniversary with the brand and we play to celebrate the unprecedented milestone with a wave of big reveals on another show-stopping stand at ICE."

Similarly, Square Enix's Vice President of Licensing Janet Swallow added:

"We look forward to continue working with Microgaming to develop another successful branded online slot game, following the top performances of Lara Croft Tomb Raider in 2004, which marked the industry's first ever branded slot partnership, and Tomb Raider: Secret of the Sword in 2008. We are excited to see a new action-packed Lara Croft adventure to launch to the iGaming world and look forward to the big reveal at ICE 2019."

Check back in February when we will bring you all the latest news on the new Tomb Raider slot from the ICE Totally Gaming London 2019 event, including what all the big reveals have shown us about the forthcoming slot.

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