Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris goes gold, gets new diary

Publisher Square Enix has just announced its upcoming top-down action-platformer Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris has officially gone gold. To celebrate said milestone, Crystal Dynamics has released a new developer diary, which details the game’s puzzles. In this second diary, Executive Producer Scot Amos is joined by Lead Level Designer Jeff Wajcs, who discuss the difficult task of perfectly challenging a player. Take a peek at the mirrors, time bombs, twisting gears, and falling platforms you’ll need to manipulate to solve your way out of trouble, alone or with friends.

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 artefacts, and ultimate bragging rights. It was confirmed in the announcement Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is part of the Legend time-line, 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 “cheesy 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.