Watch this Tomb Raider film, lost for 18 years

The official launch party for Tomb Raider III was held at London’s Natural History Museum (where else?), back in 1998. As part of the evening’s festivities, a short, 8-minute film was shown – The Trilogy …and it was never shown again, until now.

Ron Rosenberg, co-head of studio at Crystal Dynamics explains:

Since its introduction, Tomb Raider has held a significant place in video game history, and further cements that with this milestone. 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.

After nearly two decades in storage (on digibeta tape, no less), The Trilogy was dusted off by producer, BAFTA-winner Janey de Nordwell, and prepared for an online launch. It was showcased at this past weekend’s PAX East festivities, treating gamers to a genuine chunk of 90s nostalgia.

The video shows two detectives interrogating a man about his “girlfriend”, Lara Croft. The man’s claims that Croft is in mortal danger are combined with teases of the original video game, in all its grainy, low-poly glory.

Tomb Raider: The Trilogy captured the spirit of the Tomb Raider phenomenon and impact of Lara Croft in the late 90s, wrapped up in a detective-noir setting.

Don’t take our word for it, though… you can see it all, right here!

Want more Tomb Raider goodness? Continuing the 20th anniversary celebrations, Crystal Dynamics is releasing a soundtrack album of sorts. The record will feature new versions of songs from the first three Tomb Raider games, each one re-recorded at the classic Abbey Road Studios.

There’s also a book on the way in October – 20 Years of Tomb Raider – promising never-before-seen documentation of the game’s development, including behind-the-scenes interviews and images.

For more 20th anniversary Lara Croft goodness, check out #TombRaider20 on various social networks.

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