Lara Croft Games Coming to Nintendo Switch

The massive success of the first Tomb Raider game introduced the gaming world to one of its most iconic female leads in Lara Croft. The puzzle-solving action of the series cemented Lara's place alongside the titans of the industry and spawned her very own series of self-titled Lara Croft games. Now, two of Lara's top-down adventures, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, are coming to the Nintendo Switch next year to celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary.

Tomb Raider's two Lara Croft-titled spinoff games bring the franchise's iconic puzzle-solving action to a top-down isometric perspective. The two games were popular among fans and critics alike and helped to revitalize the franchise which had been struggling since its heyday on the PlayStation 1. The different style of the Lara Croft spinoffs compared to the mainline Tomb Raider games has gone mostly dormant, with 2014's Temple of Osiris being the last Lara Croft game released.

Now, the official Tomb Raider Twitter announced that Crystal Dynamics is working with Feral Interactive to bring back Guardian of Light and Temple of Osiris. The two games will be coming to the Switch at an unannounced date confirmed to be sometime in 2022. The two companies have previously worked together on the series with Feral assisting Crystal Dynamics in bringing the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy to MacOS and Linux.

The Lara Croft games coming to Switch will be a welcome return for the iconic Tomb Raider protagonist and an exciting addition for Nintendo fans. The two spinoffs will be the first Tomb Raider games to be released on Nintendo's hybrid handheld console and the first new releases in the franchise since 2018's Shadow of the Tomb Raider concluded the reboot trilogy. A mobile Tomb Raider title is also in development scheduled to release at an unspecified date in 2022.

For the massive popularity of Tomb Raider within the world of gaming, its widespread popularity has often spreaded outside its own games and even the gaming industry as a whole. Following the previous success of the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movies in the early 2000s, Warner Bros. debuted a rebooted Tomb Raider film starring Alicia Vikander in 2018 and is currently working on a sequel with no confirmed premiere date. Lara Croft's arrival on the Nintendo Switch will look to introduce a new generation of fans to her signature brand of dungeon-crawling, puzzle-solving action.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris are scheduled to release in 2022 for Nintendo Switch.

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Nice to see some Lara Croft games on the Switch

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