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  • Tomb Raider, styled as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider between 2001 and 2007, is a media franchise that originated with an action-adventure video game series created by British gaming company Core Design

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  • Formerly owned by Eidos Interactive, then by Square Enix after their acquisition of Eidos in 2009, the franchise focuses on an English archaeologist-adventurer Lara Croft, who travels around the world searching for lost artefacts and infiltrating dangerous tombs and ruins
  • Croft was created by a team at Core Design that included Toby Gard
  • The gameplay generally focuses around action-adventure exploration of environments, solving puzzles, navigating hostile environments filled with traps, and fighting numerous enemies
  • Development on the original Tomb Raider game began in 1993
  • Its success prompted Core Design to develop a new game annually for the next four years, which put a strain on staff
  • The sixth game, The Angel of Darkness, faced difficulties during development and was considered a failure at release
  • This prompted Eidos to switch development duties to Crystal Dynamics, which has been the series' primary developer since then
  • Other developers have contributed either to spin-off titles within the series or ports of mainline titles
  • A large selection of additional media has grown up around the video game series, most notably a film adaptation in 2001 which featured Angelina Jolie as Croft
  • Tomb Raider games have sold over 45 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling video game franchises

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