Gaming worlds are colliding as iconic treasure hunter Lara Croft of "Tomb Raider" fame steps into the combat-driven realm of the "Call of Duty" franchise.
Merging Virtual Universes
One of the gaming industry's most renowned heroines, Lara Croft, will soon be dropping into the chaotic battlefields of "Call of Duty: Warzone" and "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II." Lara's entry solidifies the trend set by the franchise to incorporate popular figures from various realms, such as Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Durant, and characters from the Prime Video hit series "The Boys." Yet, as fans eagerly await her debut, there are still mysteries surrounding her appearance.
Activision, the game's publisher, has remained tight-lipped regarding the specifics of unlocking this iconic character. Historically, some of these characters became available through purchase bundles, like the season battle pack that unveiled Nicki Minaj for $10.
Alongside Lara's addition, fans also anticipate associated items, skins, and weapons. And, to the delight of many, Lara's signature dual pistols are expected to be included in the initial package.
What's Next for Lara and "Call of Duty"?
Though Activision hasn't pinpointed a release date for Lara's availability, there's buzz in the gaming community.
With an update for season 4 on the horizon, many speculate this could be the perfect moment for Lara to make her grand entrance. But the "Call of Duty" universe isn't the only place Lara is making headlines. While "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III" is set to launch this November, Lara's latest solo adventure, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider," was released back in 2018.
However, the iconic adventurer isn't fading into the shadows. Last December, Crystal Dynamics announced a new "Tomb Raider" game, touting it as a "story-driven single-player adventure" and mentioning its development on the powerful Unreal Engine 5.
In a cross-media expansion, Amazon is also in the works to bring Lara's adventures to the small screen with a dedicated "Tomb Raider" TV series.