Replay Events announce HUGE Tomb Raider celebration for Play Expo Manchester!

Replay Events have done it again! Always the legends in bringing the best of gaming to their events, they have just announced a massive tribute to the Tomb Raider series to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the series being held at their upcoming Play Expo event in October in Manchester!

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The event in dedication to Lara and her exploits thus far is going to start with the largest Tomb Raider panel ever put together by any event. Matt Andrews, a commentator for Sky Sports eSports section is going to be hosting the Q&A portion of the event, which will see fans able to ask questions to some of the biggest Tomb Raider series contributors in history. (With more guests yet to be announced, so keep your eyes out for more information!)

The guests list currently looks like this…

  • Ian Livingstone CBE: Former CEO of Eidos® Interactive
  • Natalie Cook: Lara Croftoriginal model for Tomb Raider
  • Richard Morton: Lead Game Designer / Level Designer / Environmental Artist – Tomb Raider IITomb Raider IIITomb Raider: The Last RevelationTomb Raider ChroniclesTomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
  • Gavin Rummery: Programmer for Tomb RaiderTomb Raider IITomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness / Head of Core® Design
  • Heather Gibson: Level Designer for Tomb Raider / Tomb Raider II
  • Andy Sandham: Level Designer / Artist / Script Writer – Tomb Raider IIITomb Raider: The Last RevelationTomb Raider Chronicles
  • Murti Schofield: Lead Writer / Casting – Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
  • Nathan McCree: Composer – Tomb RaiderTomb Raider IITomb Raider III

What a list! Who else could possibly be added next?! Well, when you have this many industry veterans in one place, there is only one thing you can do… a photo shoot! Yes, a Tomb Raider themed photo shoot will be happening for lucky fans to take pictures with these legends. Maybe Natalie will bust out the old Lara costume? Oh the hype!


The Replay team also worked some series magic by managing to assemble some of the rarest Tomb Raider collectibles on this planet, which is going to be put in specially designed display for everyone to marvel at. The display will actually cover Lara and her entire two decades of history, going through every single Tomb Raider title that has been released thus far and fully playable! So you can look at the collectibles, and relive the good old days of classic Lara, or experience the excitement of her recent reboot.

Ian Livingstone CBE, the man who had a massive hand in making the series what it is today will be hosting his own talk regarding his career in the gaming industry so far, and it’s one session you will not want to miss out on for sure!

Previously mentioned Nathan McCree, the man behind the sound of the first three adventures that Lara has been on is going to be also doing a solo talk of his own, running through his experiences doing the sound design for the the games and just what effect a good attention to audio in gaming can have in gaming today.

This is not all that Replay has to offer either, you can expect them to be releasing some awesome news regarding this Tomb Raider extravaganza further down the line. Keep an eye on them, and we’ll also keep you in the loop!

Credit to the guys at Replay for making this possible, you can read their coverage here!

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This has been a news report by Dennis Montoya for FunstockRetro. The #1 for Retro in all of Europe!