Last week, we found realtech VR had tweeted out that they’re remastering Tomb Raider 1, 2, & 3 and releasing on Steam. Sadly, it appears the Canadian developer wasn’t polite enough and are now saying sorry, in a matter of speaking. realtech VR tweeted out the following:
After this episode, we are refocusing on new projects involving Augmented Reality on iOS and VR on PC. We are not more committed on third party license anymore.
— realtech VR (@realtech_VR) March 21, 2018
In the comments for the tweet above, realtech VR commented that it is a bit more complicated than simply not asking permission from Square Enix, as they were already working for them. In addition to taking down all the videos that realtech VR has posted on YouTube on the matter, Square Enix has released a statement via DSOG:
While we always welcome passion and excitement for the Tomb Raider franchise, the remasters in question were initiated and advertised without seeking approval. As such, they were never officially sanctioned. Ensuring fans receive high quality gaming experiences is at the heart of our mission as a company, which requires all projects to go through proper channels. We are thrilled about the future of Tomb Raider, and cannot thank fans enough for their continued support and excitement for the brand.
A pretty standard statement, if diplomatic. Sounds as though realtech VR did pitch it, discussed with Square Enix, but never got a final signoff. Nevertheless, you can play the originals on Steam right now, but they are the DOS-based versions, and if you decide to attempt to play them then prepare for compatibility issues, not to mention control problems.
Side note: Now, realtech VR may be confused as to why they weren’t allowed to remaster the original Tomb Raider series, but I’m confused as to why a company with VR at the end is remastering games from the near-beginning of the video game industry. At the end of the day, we can all look forward to Shadow Of The Tomb Raider which is releasing later this year on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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