If you’re a fan of Tomb Raider, there’s some good news coming your way… maybe. Realtech VR had tweeted earlier this month that they had plans to bring remasters of Tomb Raider 1, 2, and 3 to Steam. However, today the company tweeted that the PC remaster has not been endorsed by Square Enix, and that the mod is “a working idea” which has not been officially green lit yet. They then tweeted an apology, stating that they cannot discuss further until Square Enix makes an official statement.
Before closing down discussion, Realtech VR tweeted that the PC version with the new 3D engine would be “even better than the mobile port” which is currently out, with real shadows and 64bit support. They also tweeted that in the PC version, you would be able to save anywhere. It is unlikely that the remasters will have Mac support, but the company states that porting to Linux “should be possible.” More information can be found on the company’s twitter.
Back on April 1, 2017, Realtech VR released a trailer for the remastered version of Tomb Raider 1. Several days later, another trailer was released for Tomb Raider 2. As seen in the video below, models still retain their blocky shapes, but the graphics are now in full HD. The remastered version will also run at 60 fps, as compared to the original 30 fps. A trailer for the third game’s remaster is coming some time next month.
If things go well, the remastered versions of the game will be released for free. However, since they are essentially a mod, they will require buying the DOS versions of Tomb Raider on Steam. An open beta for the remasters has been planned for some time this summer. No word has been given yet about remastering other games in the series.