Featuring everything from an actual bear to some impressive ice-scaling scenes, fans of Rise of the Tomb Raider will want to check out what has to be one of the most incredible fan-made live-action trailers of recent times. A video production company called Freakin Rad released a pretty stellar Rise of the Tomb Raider video on YouTube this week, and it’s definitely worth sharing with other fans of the series.
The game itself recently picked up a WGA award for writing, so out of all of the top videogames from last year, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if ROTTR actually got a Hollywood film based on the movie (we’re talking about in current times here – for everyone’s sake, let’s pretend that Lara Croft: Tomb Raider never happened). Gamers looking to get their film gaming fix this year have to look to the Assassin’s Creed franchise instead.
The live action video certainly gives of the epic landscape and harsh environmental vibe that Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix brought to the game itself, but it’s up to fans to judge whether the video does the game justice or not:
Thankfully, the bear scene didn’t end up heading in the same direction of The Revenant, although Lara is probably faster with her bow than Leo could hope to be with a one-shot rifle. For anyone wondering, the bear’s name is Tank, because of course it is.
The film was actually shot in Provo Canyon, Utah, at an ice traverse forebodingly called the Stairway To Heaven. Utilizing drones to capture the ice climbing shots and filming over the course of several days, it’s clear that a lot of effort went in to this Tomb Raider live action video, which clocks in at a quick 2 minutes and 17 seconds.
Square Enix has already teased the idea that Rise of the Tomb Raider isn’t the end of the franchise reboot, and stated months before the game even came out that timed Xbox exclusives were best done as a trilogy. Rise of the Tomb Raider was well-received by the industry as a whole, which is usually enough in itself to prompt developers to work on a successor.
Of course, Tomb Raider is far from the first video game series to get the live action treatment. Whether they be official videos like The Division or fan-made content like this Grand Theft Auto 5 adventure, we have to admire how well the gaming industry and the film industry pair together when passionate producers and fans become involved.
What did you think about the faux Tomb Raider trailer, Ranters?