Pre-Alpha footage for Tomb Raider (1996)


The iconic Lara Croft was born in the year 1996 thanks to Core Design. That mix of precise jumps, platforms, action and the thrill for the adventure was a success. The rest is just part of the story of this industry.

A pre-alpha version of Tomb Raider 1 has appeared on Youtube. The footage shows subtle changes comparing to the retail version of Tomb Raider:

– The alpha does not show a specific level is more a collection of chambers and chasms very similar to the Vilcabamba level.

– Lara sported her braid and her sunglasses in this alpha.

Dual aim ability.

– Different camera settings: zoom and a strange pan mechanic.

– Different jump animation (Matrix style).

A nice piece of history for the beginnings of Tomb Raider.

Thanks, Tomb Raider.