Now, the announcement has been made and it turns out that the leaked information was correct.
A game jam will also be a part of the festival, and 15 New York-based game developers will have their games available for play at the event.
Will it be one of the best games of 2018? She's a fighter, in more ways than one.
News of the game first leaked out years ago but Square Enix has finally confirmed that Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is real, and that it's coming out this year. Until then, a brief 20-second teaser trailer and the game's website will have to suffice.
Videogame movies are notoriously hard to pull off (World of Warcraft, Resident Evil and Assassin's Creed are three recent high-profile plops) but the Tomb Raider films perhaps come closest to being the exception.
The worst kept secret in gaming is now official.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider officially announced with September release date
The first film adaptation, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, was released in 2001 and was followed by a sequel two years later. But I also got the chance to see an advance screening of Tomb Raider the motion picture and let me tell you it's a real video game-ass movie. After all, the Hype Train giveth and the Hype Train taketh away.
While Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was met with mostly negative reviews (it ranks at 19% on Rotten Tomatoes), it performed decently at the box office, making over $274 million worldwide. The publisher has indeed announced the upcoming title called Shadow of the Tomb Raider today. They've come to the island to crack an ancient Japanese ruler's tomb, which is fortified with everything ever faced by that other raider (of the Lost Ark and the Holy Grail) short of a giant rolling rock.
After her jumping and wrestling, the film has nothing new to add to the lore of tomb raiding so well exemplified by Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser.
In terms of gameplay, there's not much to go on.
Also wild is how redundant the movie feels since it takes so many plot points from games that already look like movies.More news: Purdue, Butler, MSU to start NCAAs in Detroit; Michigan headed to Wichita