2016 marks an incredible milestone – 20 years of Tomb Raider. Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix will mark the occasion with festivities throughout 2016, kicking off at PAX East this April.

“Since its introduction, Tomb Raider has held a significant place in video game history, and further cements that with this milestone,” said Ron Rosenberg, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “We look forward to celebrating with fans, and honoring the iconic Lara Croft with special events, retrospectives, giveaways and other surprises throughout this year of Tomb Raider.”

First making her debut in 1996 with the groundbreaking Tomb Raider from Core Design, famous archaeologist Lara Croft is a powerful force within the gaming industry and has made an indelible mark on virtually every facet of entertainment. From being named an ambassador for scientific excellence to appearing live on tour with U2, Lara Croft reached millions of people around the world. With over 30 video game titles released and hundreds of awards, the heroine has been a cultural icon for 20 years, rediscovering lost species, battling the undead, and rubbing elbows with divine beings all while adventuring around the globe. Her exploits have unfolded in over 25 countries. She’s explored the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Andaman Seas, ventured to Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, and rediscovered Atlantis and the lost island of Yamatai. 

“Tomb Raider has become a cultural phenomenon over the last 20 years, selling millions of copies worldwide, sparking one of the most successful video game film adaptations in history, and inspiring our amazing fans of all ages,” said Scot Amos, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “It’s incredible to be part of this legend and to see how much the series has evolved over time, and think about what’s yet to come. Here’s to 20 more years of adventure together.”

As part of the 20-year celebration, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have partnered with GameChanger Charity to provide donors with a free digital copy of Tomb Raider 2013 for every contribution made to the charity in excess of $1. Donors who contribute $20 will be entered to win a special Crystal Dynamics swag bag including a collector’s edition of Rise of The Tomb Raider, along with special items related to the series and its famed globetrotting explorer. A non-profit focused on improving the lives of children suffering from life-threatening diseases, GameChanger delivers video game gifts to hospitals, and provides financial support to deserving families. 

PAX East attendees are invited to attend our panel – Lara Croft: The Undisputed Queen of Gaming – on Friday, April 22 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Panel participants will discuss how Lara Croft has made a permanent mark on virtually every facet of entertainment and helped break down barriers within the industry. From 4:30 – 5:30 PM, we invite Lara Croft and Tomb Raider cosplayers to join us in the PAX East lobby for a meet-up and photos, with exclusive 20th anniversary goodies given to those who attend in costume. 

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