- A new ESRB rating suggests that the Lara Croft spin-offs could finally be launching on the Nintendo Switch.
- The ESRB recently rated the Lara Croft Collection and evidence suggests this contains the Switch ports Feral Interactive started developing in 2021.
- In addition, due to violence and language, a T for Teen rating has been attributed to the game.
A new ESRB rating has confirmed that the Nintendo Switch ports for the Tomb Raider spin-offs are finally coming to the console as part of the Lara Croft Collection. Feral Interactive Limited, the developer announced for these ports, is also publishing this collection per the rating. Hence, even though the rating doesn’t specify which titles, evidence suggests that players will soon get the ports Square Enix announced in October 2021.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and The Temple of Osiris are most probably the games in this new collection. Regarding the rating, the ESRB has given the Lara Croft collection a T for Teens classification. The American rating board cites mild language, violence, and blood as the main reasons for this. Furthermore, the rating summary confirms that this collection indeed contains the two Lara Croft spin-offs.
As per the summary, the Lara Croft collection contains two spin-off action-adventure games where the Tomb Raider and her allies search for artifacts to stop ancient gods. This mirrors the plot of Temple of Osiris and like the spin-off, games in this collection have a 3/4-overhead perspective. Players will need to transverse jungle ruins, and ancient temples, and solve puzzles while battling enemy creatures like stone demons.
Feral Interactive looks all geared up to launch these Switch ports a year and a half after Square Enix announced the studio’s involvement. Previously, the British game developer ported Alien: Isolation to the console and is popular for porting games to other platforms. Now, its Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light/the Temple of Osiris ports will be the first Tomb Raider games to launch on Nintendo Switch.
Originally, The Guardian of Light came out in 2010 for Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3, Android, and iOS. It featured a multiplayer mode and an emphasis on cooperative gameplay besides a single-player mode without NPC AI. You either control the titular protagonist or the Mayan warrior Totec as both try to stop the evil spirit Xolotl. The Lara Croft spin-off was a huge success for publisher Square Enix Europe, selling 1 million copies by 2013.
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