wrote:LARA CROFT'S MAKEOVER
EIDOS mulls series changes
Lara Croft is famous the world over, but Lara as we know her many never be the same again. "We need to look at everything as we develop the enxt game," says Eidos CFO Robert Brent.
Brent attributes the oncoming change to worse-than-expected sales of Tomb Raider: Underworld, which reportedly sold 1.5 million fewer units and over $25 million dollars less than what was expected. Brent points to waning interest in the adventurer's exploits in the U.S. as the culprit. "Europe was fine, but America was not as anticipated. You would normally expect Tom Raider sales to be split half and half between Europe and North America, but this time America was considerably below that."
Eidos is reportedly considering changing Lara's curvaceous look to apparently make her more friendly to female gamers, as well as changing the gameplay. We contacted Eidos for confirmation on this point, but received no reply as we went to print.
Ironically, it is Lara's last makeover - when the series was handed over to Crystal Dynamics (Legacy of Kain) for Tomb Raider Legend - which helped resurrect her in the video game realm. Legend sold over three million units worldwide.
This may not be true, but if it is, Eidos has completely lost it! Lara is not there problem -- not in the lest!
It's the levels and game play! How blind can they get!