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Tomb Raider Anime Series Coming to Netflix

Netflix has several shows based on high-profile video games currently in development. This list includes two Resident Evil series, a live-action Assassin’s Creed series, a live-action Final Fantasy series, an animated Cuphead show, and an animated series tied to Cyberpunk 2077. Their live-action adaptation of The Witcher became a cultural phenomenon which not only earned a second season, but also a prequel series in the works called The Witcher: Blood Orange. Netflix’s Castlevania animated series has also received massive appraisal from the public and was renewed for a fourth season not too long ago.

Tomb Raider
Image Courtesy of Square Enix

The streaming service has been hitting it out of the park with its current adaptations and it’s safe to say that their future projects will receive similar acclaim. And just after Netflix overwhelmed us with their list of video game shows in production, they decided to hit us with another one.

The iconic Tomb Raider franchise has had many spin offs over the last couple of decades including two movie franchises, a series of novels, and comic book adaptations. The anime series will follow Lara Croft after the events of the recently rebooted trilogy from Square Enix. 

The reboot trilogy started with Tomb Raider (2013) and aimed to re-establish Lara Croft’s origins with gritty survival centric gameplay. The first reboot became the best selling game in the Tomb Raider series to date and earned two sequel installments: Rise of the Tomb Raider in 2015 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider in 2018. The reboot trilogy attracted mostly positive reviews from critics with the majority of its praise focused on the survival elements and the in-game tomb puzzles. 

The release date for the anime series has yet to be announced, so we won’t be able to see any images or trailers for some time. Considering how well made the Castlevania anime series is, we can expect the animated format to do Lara Croft’s story justice by providing lush and exotic environments that would cost a lot of money to create in live action. 

Speaking of live action, a sequel to the 2018 Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander is set to start production later in 2021 after changing directors and COVID-19 related delays. Having both the series and the movie developed at the same time means that fans are in store for a lot of Lara Croft action in the near future.

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