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Lara Croft Returns In Guardian Of Light

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light After taking last year off, Lara Croft is coming back for a new video game adventure in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (which is an Indiana Jones style of title if there ever was one).  Announced today by Crystal Dynamics, the upcoming game takes the iconic heroine into new territory: digital distribution.  There's no news on which consoles will play host to Lara, nor is there any word on story or any screenshots to see.  All we have is the title and a general release window for some point in 2010.  What I found interesting about this announcement is that the words "Tomb Raider" have been dropped from the title.  Is Lara finally taking the franchise name for herself?  The change could work wonders for her career.  Imagine if Super Mario Bros. were called Mushroom Kingdom Quest or if Mega Man went by Robot Blaster, for example.  Those alteranate titles just don't have the same spark to them.  Franchises that revolve around beloved characters need the name of that character in the title for maximum impact (and no, the muddled Lara Croft Tomb Raider from the film adaptations of the games does not count without a comma to separate her name from her occupation).

(via Joystiq)