Is Tomb Raider now owned by Amazon? Well, nobody really knows for sure, but one website has run a report saying so. According to The Lord of the Rings fansite, Fellowship of Fans, Embracer Group is in the process of selling the iconic IP to the juggernaut company.
As part of a wider report about the rights to Tolkein's works changing hands, the site also claims Embracer has "just sold" the Tomb Raider rights to Amazon in a deal worth approximately 600 million (the currency was not specified, though is presumably USD). Fellowship of Fans cites anonymous sources for its report.
You may recall that Embracer Group made a major acquisition last year, which saw it take ownership of basically all of Square Enix's development studios and their IPs, including Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex) and Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider). The deal went through for about $300 million. If the report is true, it means that Embracer has sold just one of its properties for twice as much as it paid for several IPs and studios.
Given the source of the story, we're taking this with a pinch of salt for now. We know a new Tomb Raider game is in the works, that Amazon is publishing it, and a TV show is also in production. There's plenty of Lara Croft to come in the future, then, but whether Amazon has acquired the rights is still an unknown for now.
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