In celebration of Tomb-Raider completing 20 years in the industry, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will feature multiple #TombRaider20 activities along with festivities continuing throughout 2016.
At this year’s E3, Square Enix is hosting a special episode on Square Enix Presents, the live broadcast from the show floor, featuring a fun look at fan-favorite tombs from the past two decades of Lara’s adventures. The Square Enix E3 booth will also feature a customizable impact engraving machine. Show attendees can secure a limited edition, custom-engraved medallion with the 20-year celebration logo.
As the next highpoint for Lara’s 20-year celebration as an icon, Square Enix is providing fans with the opportunity to answer the question, “What does Tomb Raider mean to you? ” Fans are able to submit a video explaining how the series has influenced their lives, recalling their favorite franchise moments, a story of how Lara Croft has inspired them, or other memories from the past two decades.
In addition to the video testimonials, Square Enix’s Fan-Art community can be immortalized in Tomb Raider history by submitting their original works to the #TombRaider20 community art contest. The Fan-Art can cover any of the iconic elements of Tomb Raider: breathtaking landscapes, long-forgotten tombs, dangerous enemies, and of course, Lara Croft. Classic and modern interpretations of the character are encouraged! The contest is open until June 17, 2016. The winners will each receive $1,000 and will have their works featured in a special print art offering to be revealed later this year.
Also revealed at the panel was that original franchise composer Nathan McCree is returning to his roots with a new musical endeavor entitled The Tomb Raider Suite. The collection will include all classic compositions, as well as extensions and variations of original tracks from the first three Tomb Raider games. The Tomb Raider Suite will be available for purchase through digital download and CD this fall.
Along with the album, a live performance of the suite is scheduled for a major London venue to correspond with the official 20th anniversary of the original Tomb Raider’s release from 1996. More details and ticketing information will be announced at a later date. The entire process – from re-composing the tracks to the final live concert – will be showcased in a TV documentary called Tomb Raider: Remastered, also airing later this year.
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