Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is an upcoming game published by Square Enix for the PC, PlayStation and Xbox as part of the Tomb Raider series for digital download. Unlike previous games in the series, the game does not carry the “Tomb Raider” brand and will have a heavy emphasis on cooperative gameplay, both online or locally.
The game story starts 2,000 years ago in ancient Central America, where a battle began between Totec, the Guardian of the Light, and Xolotl, a dark spirit. After Totec defeated Xolotl he banished him and entombed himself in the Temple of Light along with the magical Mirror of Smoke to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. In present day, Lara Croft finds the temple and Mirror but mercenaries follow behind and steal it from her. Xolotl and Totec are awaken from their tombs by the chaos and Xoloti kills the mercenaries and runs away with the artefact. Totec blames Lara for the whole disaster, but realises that they will need to work together in order to retrieve the Mirror and defeat Xolotl
In the multiplayer, players will take the role as either Lara Croft or Totec. They will have to work together in order to stop the evil spirit Xolotl and retrieve the Mirror of Smoke. A single-player campaign mode will be available that will have a different storyline and will not include the non-playable character AI following or helping Lara. Guardian of Light will use the same game engine as Tomb Raider: Underworld, and will include modern visuals and physics.
The game will be a departure from the main series as being a third person adventure game. Instead it will be a non-linear “arcade-inspired” action game played from an isometric viewpoint using a fixed camera. Each playable character will possess unique weapons and skills. Lara will retain her dual pistols with infinite ammo and a grappling hook. She will be able to use her grappling hook to make it across difficult gaps and Totec can ride along. Totec will carry spears which can be used as a weapon and on the environment. Both characters will carry unlimited “bombs” that can be dropped and detonated with a press of a button.Tombs can be explored and some will have trap puzzles to solve.
Guardian of Light was shown at E3 2010 on 14 June. It will be released as a download only title and is scheduled to be released for the Xbox Live Arcade on 18 August 2010. It will be released later for the PC and PlayStation Network. In the United States, the PC download will be distributed exclusively by the DRM digital distribution platform Steam. The download will be approximately 2 GB.