In honor of the 25th anniversary of Tomb Raider, publisher Square Enix is showing images of a game from the series that was never released. It’s about Tomb Raider: Ascension, a horror-inspired game that Crystal Dynamics worked on for the 2013 reboot.
Square Enix shows several videos with prototype gameplay. It concerns images from a game that was in development around 2009 before Crystal Dynamics started the reboot of Tomb Raider, which finally appeared in 2013. The project initially had features of a horror survival game. The videos show how Lara Croft fights monsters with a flamethrower and hand weapons.
Tomb Raider: Ascension was an internal title. The game was never announced or completed. The horror concept was thrown overboard and an origin story was chosen, which eventually became the reboot of Tomb Raider. According to Square Enix, the idea for this arose from the prototypes that have now been shown.
In addition to the early gameplay video below, Square Enix is showing a concept art video and a box art and branding video for the game. It appears that the game was in development for the Xbox 360.