Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Tomb Raider introduced us to the ass kicking female heroine Lara Croft. Today, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics announced that they are celebrating 15 years of Tomb Raider during the month of October. During the month, a series of events will be held to mark the celebration. The events start with a digital art exhibition, a signing by artists at New York Comic Con on October 14, and finishing with an opportunity to own some limited edition goodies.
Throughout Tomb Raiders 15 years, the franchise has sold over 35 million copies of the game worldwide and grossing over $300 million at the box office worldwide for the films.
Kicking off the month long celebration is the digital arts exhibition. According to Square Enix:
Crystal Dynamics will be playing curator to a unique digital art exhibition, commissioning eight original pieces of art to be created by a selection of esteemed artists and released during the month of October. The pieces will be created to showcase the new vision for Lara Croft in the eagerly anticipated new TOMB RAIDER game, whilst embracing the individual style of each of the selected artists.
The exhibition began today with a piece created by Andy Park, artist on the original Tomb Raider comic book series. (I still have my Tomb Raider #1 on my shelf. What an awesome series!) The month ends with a featured piece by Toby Gard, creator of the Tomb Raider series.
As a finale to the event, a limited selection of T-shirts and posters will be available for purchase from The Nerd Machine’s website www.thenerdmachine.com with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Child’s Play charity http://www.childsplaycharity.org/