Tomb Raider 3 Press Release

( BW)(EIDOS-INTERACTIVE)(EIDSY) TOMB RAIDER III DEBUTS AT ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO; EIDOS UNVEILS LARA CROFT'S NEXT ADVENTURE ALONG WITH A HOST OF NEW TITLES FOR VARIOUS GENRES AND PLATFORMS; Action, Adventure, RPG and Strategy Games Featured at Eidos Booth No. 7345

Business/High-Tech/Entertainment Editors
Electronic Entertainment Expo, Booth No. 7345

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 28, 1998--Action adventuress and virtual celebrity Lara Croft will return to store shelves this holiday season in the highly anticipated Tomb Raider III.

Eidos Interactive, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment products and a wholly owned subsidiary of Eidos pls (Nasdaq:EIDSY), Thursday announced that the third installment in the company's best-selling Tomb Raider game franchise will appear in the fourth quarter of 1998 from Eidos' wholly owned development house, Core Design, for both the PlayStation and PC format.

The announcement was made at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), where Eidos is featuring five key titles and showcasing games from some of the world's hottest developers, including Core Design, ION Storm, SquareSoft, Looking Glass Studios, Mucky Foot, Quantic Dream and Hot House Creations.

The news that Eidos will bring Lara back this year is an early Christmas present for consumers and retailers alike. The much-enhanced Tomb Raider III will send Lara from the dark streets of London to the deserts of India and the islands of the South Pacific.

In addition to costume changes and new vehicles, Tomb Raider III will feature an array of new gameplay elements, technical enhancements and visual improvements.

An improved graphics engine will deliver the crispest detail and highest-resolution graphics ever seen in the series, making Tomb Raider III Lara Croft's best-looking adventure yet. Additional enhancements include the ability for players to choose the order in which they play the levels, amazing new weather and special effects, and vastly improved artificial intelligence for Lara Croft's enemies.

"Core Design and Eidos keep raising the bar on Tomb Raider," commented Mike McGarvey, COO of Eidos Interactive. "As popular as Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider II have been, I'm excited to say that the best game is still to come."

Eidos will also demonstrate a number of key titles, including:

  • Final Fantasy VII -- the long-awaited PC version of the 15 million unit, best-selling SquareSoft franchise will raise the stakes for quality role playing games on the PC. The multimillion dollar production had a team of 125 artists, designers and movie programmers composers and movie directors.
  • Omikron -- Parisian developer Quantic Dream presents a PlayStation and PC extravaganza set in a domed futuristic city. The title features unique, real-time facial motion capture, for the first time ever in a video game.
  • Ninja: Shadow of Darkness -- Core Design, creators of the Tomb Raider series, will showcase the power of the PlayStation in this action arcade game this fall.
  • Daikatana -- John Romeo and ION Storm's new PC action game is already poised to change the way we look at first-person shooters.

"This year's E3 will be our finest yet," added McGarvey. "Eidos' product line is focused on bringing gamers high quality titles for a variety of genres and game platforms."

Additional titles debuting at Eidos Interactive's booth No. 7345 include:

  • Anachronox, ION Storm, PC
  • Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Pyro Studios, PC
  • Confirmed Kill, Eidos Interactive Studios, PC
  • Dominion: Storm Over Gift 3, ION Storm, PC
  • Fighting Force 64, Core Design, Nintendo 64
  • Gangsters, Hot House Creations, PC
  • Tartan Army, Red Lemon, PC
  • Thief: The Dark Project, Looking Glass, PC
  • Revenant, Cinematix, PC
  • Urban Chaos, Mucky Foot, PC
  • Vermin, Kronos, PSX
  • Warzone 2100, Pumpkin Studios, PSX/PC

Eidos Interactive is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment products for the PC, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64 as well as the Internet. Eidos Interactive is part of London-based Eidos plc (Nasdaq:EIDSY), with additional offices in San Francisco; Paris; and Hamburg, Germany. Eidos plc also includes Eidos Technologies, a software-based video compression company, Glassworks, a state-of-the-art post production facility specializing in digital special effects for the television, feature film and advertising industries. More information on Eidos Interactive's line of products can be found on the Internet at http://www.eidosinteractive.com.