Sega has responded to this collision of old and new fans by releasing games like Sonic Generations and Sonic Mania, where they are offering both a clear nostalgic experience alongside upgraded visuals and new content.
In my view, this is what needs to happen with Tomb Raider in order to keep the fun and humour of the classic series going — to preserve its DNA.
I never played the old Tomb Raider games, my actual introduction to the series was 2013’s Tomb Raider and I really loved that game at the time. I then played the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, a few years later, and enjoyed it some, but with much less passion than the first one. When 2018 rolled around with a third game in the rebooted franchise, I was over it and never bought the game, even when it was on sale for something like $9.99.
I’m not sure what way the series should go at this point. On the one hand, moving the series away from it’s new super-serious tone sounds good, but on the other, I don’t want them to regress and “just make one like the old games” because that’s as sure a sign as any that there’s nothing left for a franchise.
We’ll see where they decide to go with this franchise, but I definitely share Daryl’s feeling that it can’t just keep doing what it’s currently doing.