Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris receives new gameplay diary

Developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix have released a new developer diary showcasing four brand-new minutes of gameplay from the upcoming top-down cooperative-focused Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. In this latest video, executive producer Scot Amos and members of his team discuss the game’s various features, ranging from rings and amulets, loot, puzzles which change according to the number of players, in addition to returning elements like the grappling hook and the ever-amusing possibility of dropping your friends into spikes. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris definitely encourages cooperation, but hey, a bit of competition never hurt anyone, right?

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. In her new adventure, Lara Croft travels to Egypt and must join forces with rival treasure hunter Carter Bell and imprisoned gods Horus and Isis to defeat the evil god Set. Featuring a four-player co-op story, players must work together to explore the temple, defeat hordes of enemies from the Egyptian underworld, solve devious puzzles, and avoid deadly traps. All the while, gamers will compete for treasure, powerful artifacts, and ultimate bragging rights. It was confirmed in the announcement Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is part of the Legend timeline, along with official confirmation that Keeley Hawes will reprise her role as Lara Croft. For those unaware, Hawes reprises her role as Lara in the Legend trilogy (Tomb Raider Anniversary, Tomb Raider Legend, and Tomb Raider Underworld), in addition to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Looking back, The Guardian of Light was well received by critics, and holds an 85 out of 100 on Metacritic. Critics praised the level design, clever puzzle solving, and the replay value. However, the game’s story as universally disliked, being called a “cheesey and forgettable plot”. Despite these faults, the game received general praise and was often referred to as Lara Croft’s triumphant return. That is until the Tomb Raider reboot came along, which is more or less the actual triumphant return of Lara. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris launches on December 9th, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.