Now, Square Enix has finally announced the next instalment of the franchise. While we don't think this counts as the game's "official reveal", the studio's general message suggests that they are not interested in dragging these things out quite so long in terms of the reveal process. The game developer, however, did not say anything about its release date or any information on the gameplay.
"Square Enix is excited to share some big news with you next year", the publisher wrote.
There's more raiding of the tombs in Lara Croft's future - both on film and in video games. The text of the tweet reads, "A message to our fans!"
Whoever ends up working on the game, it probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that there is a new Tomb Raider in the works.
Again, the message itself seems rather ordinary if only a bit cryptic in leaving out when or what this "major event in 2018" will be. It's not the first time we've heard rumor of a game called "Shadow of the Tomb Raider", but Square Enix kind of made the name official.
"I thought something was off about the way they worded this". The first letter in each sentence of the announcement, which was published via Twitter, spells out the word "SHADOW". If his observation proves to be true, then the upcoming game will carry no less than the leaked title in the PowerPoint presentation a few years back. The rumoured title is Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which does sound like a ideal fit and would explain Robertson's discovery.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider will instead be developed by Eidos Montreal, of Thief and Deus Ex fame - a fact Eurogamer sources have also verified.
Meanwhile, Polygon said that the major event slated for next year could possibly be the release of the new "Tomb Raider" movie, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.