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Tomb Raider Sequel Confirmed as Square Enix Commits to AAA

Square Enix US/Europe CEO Phil Rogers promises "the best quality games possible, faster."

We here at USgamer recently wondered if there was life left in the Tomb Raider franchise. According to Square Enix Americas/Europe chief executive officer Phil Rogers, that answer is a clear "yes". In an open letter to fans, Rogers detailed how the Western side of the company is going to reorganize itself for the next generation. Part of that reorganization is beginning work on a new Tomb Raider, it seems.

"I can categorically say that we're not abandoning core, triple-A console and PC games. We're working hard at improving how we develop our games and how we release them, and I want to explain that in a little more detail," wrote Rogers.

"Square Enix is in production with a number of next generation projects, including Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which were announced at this year's E3, and Thief coming in 2014. I am also excited to reveal that we are well into development on a next-generation Tomb Raider sequel – something you may have heard about recently!"

Rogers also detailed some changes in Square Enix West's management structure, bringing studio heads closer to their games and giving Rogers a support team to handle releases across multiple platforms.

"We've recently re-orientated our studio leadership to focus production expertise at the top, to allow us to ship the best quality games possible, faster and with better cost control," he added. "We've taken away administrative duties from studio heads, so they get closer to the games, gameplay and gamers with fewer distractions. We've made these changes to all of our studios in the Americas and Europe and we believe this will improve not only the quality of our games, but also improve the time between releases."

"I've spent the past few months building a senior team in the Americas and Europe to support our new and evolving strategy. We plan to share a fuller title release plan with you soon on games ranging from next-gen blockbusters, to new cutting-edge tablet and mobile games (such as the recently released Deus Ex: The Fall), to live and online PC games (our now in beta Heroes & Generals)."

This all sounds great. I've previously said that despite Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs missing expectations, I believe that Square Enix' Western arm is doing most of the heavy lifting these days. They've been putting out legitimately great games with some sense of creative vision. So, if that side of Square Enix is going to make itself even better, I'm all for it.

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