Eidos talks Tomb Raider Underworld and release window

As you may have heard, Eidos hasn’t been having too swell of a time in the financial department surrounding their studios. If you remember, Eidos cut 14 on-going projects in order to get costs under control and to better push the company in the right direction. Phil Rogers, CEO of Eidos, hopes this restructuring will have a huge impact on the way the company has been diving.

"SCi is in need of immediate change," said SCi CEO Phil Rogers. "Following our business review over the last six weeks, we are initiating a clear action plan based on three fundamental strands of activity: a radical change in our structure to a studio-led business, a top to bottom program of product improvement and efficiency and a considerable cost reduction plan. The cost of delivering world-class games has increased significantly and we must provide appropriate levels of resources to maximize these opportunities. At the same time our industry is well positioned for business and margin expansion through a broadening demographic appeal of games centered around online initiatives.”

It’s no secret that the Tomb Raider franchise is Eidos most valuable entity and this would only prove for it to be one of the most important issues to address in regards to what direction Eidos plans on taking.

"Our cornerstone franchises, such as Tomb Raider that has already sold 35 million units, have the potential to deliver significant profits and substantial returns on investment, which should not be diluted by more run-of-the-mill games. We must optimize our return on these titles, leverage and position the Group for online and make better use of our innovative strength."

Because of this, Tomb Raider Underworld and three other titles have been pushed to the fourth quarter of this fiscal year. Eidos has confirmed though that Tomb Raider Underworld will be releasing in time for the Christmas season.

"The most significant of these titles is the next Tomb Raider game, Tomb Raider: Underworld, which is now scheduled to launch during the 2008 Christmas season. "

As more concrete details are released in regards to this title, we’ll be bringing it to you as fast as we can. We’re all excited for Lara Croft’s next arrival on the PlayStation brand.