Square Enix never on-board with concept
There was some exciting news recently that the original Tomb Raider trilogy was in line for a facelift on Steam, with studio realtechVR announcing that they were remastering the ’90s classics for PC, complete with VR functionality and a new engine.
Unfortunately, it appears that these plans have been squashed before they even got off the ground, with publisher Square Enix never even giving the go-ahead for such an idea. “While we always welcome passion and excitement for the Tomb Raider franchise,” says an official Square statement. “The remasters in question were initiated and advertised without seeking approval. As such, they were never officially sanctioned.”
This is a bit of a bummer for the series’ PC fans, as the original games are only available via awkward DOS-based chicanery. realtechVR have since said that they are now “refocusing on new projects” and are not committing to third-party licences anymore. It’s more than likely this statement also puts an end to their planned mobile port of Tomb Raider 3.