A seeming lost remake of the original Tomb Raider game has been discovered and made partially playable – and it may also have been planned as a possible Indiana Jones or National Treasure game.
As reported by PC Gamer, Tomb Raider: 10th Anniversary Edition is now being preserved on the Internet Archive and is playable with some tinkering. The files include several levels, including Croft Manor, but there are no enemies present.
The build was originally posted by Tomb of Ash, who says in a playthrough video that they were sent the files by an ex-Core Design developer. Per Tomb of Ash, Tomb Raider: 10th Anniversary was being developed for PSP by Core Design, the original creator of Tomb Raider, before it was cancelled in 2006.
Interestingly, these files apparently represent a build of the game created after that cancellation, when Core Design may have attempted to reskin its work and create either a game based on Indiana Jones or National Treasure. Modder XProger has seemingly discovered a main menu screen that includes a National Treaure logo, but an Indiana Jones model. A tweet from Emircan mentions that, in the game’s files, the Indiana Jones model on that screen is named ‘Cage’ (potentially referencing Nicholas Cage, star of the National Treasure series). You can check out multiple videos of the build in action on Roli’s Tomb Raider Channel on YouTube.
As for what actually came next for Tomb Raider, publisher Eidos asked Crystal Dynamics to create its own remake of the first Tomb Raider, resulting in Tomb Raider: Anniversary, which launched on PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo Wii and mobile devices in June of 2007.
Here’s our review of Tomb Raider: Anniversary, from 2007. In other Tomb Raider news, Crystal Dynamics’ Shadow of the Tomb Raider is currently one of the PlayStation Plus games for January 2021.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.