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GamesCom is the biggest European gaming convention. It is held annually in Cologne, Germany, usually around August. Of the typically four to five days convention, one day is reserved for press only, the rest is open to the public. In recent years it constantly attracted more than 250.000 visitors (e.g. 275.000 in 2012) resulting in long waiting lines at the developer's booths.

Tomb Raider at GamesCom

2012 - Tomb Raider (2013)

In 2012 Crystal Dynamics presented the new Tomb Raider (2013) at the Square Enix booth. Besides a playable demo - a shorter, but improved version of the E3 demo - the fans had the opportunity to talk to staff members involved with the development, like Global Brand Director Karl Stewart and Community & Communication Manager Meagan Marie at a Community Event held on Wednesday evening, as well as most of the staff of the Hamburg Square Enix office. Overall the game received enthusiastic reviews.

2015 - Rise of the Tomb Raider

In 2015, three months before the scheduled release of Rise of the Tomb Raider, a new demo[1] was shown at the Xbox Media Briefing before the official opening of Gamescom showing a lot of combat and sneaking through enemy lines. Later at the Xbox booth a extended Syria Demo[2] was presented in public. It featured more gameplay and puzzle elements. On Friday evening a Lara Croft Cosplay event was held on the Xbox main stage, followed by a community dinner where members of the community had the chance to talk to developers and representatives of Crystal Dynamics and Microsoft.

2016 - 20th Anniversary Celebration

In 2016 the celebration of Lara Crofts 20th anniversary will be the main focus of Tomb Raider at GamesCom, including the presentation of the Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration version, which will bring the latest game to the PlayStation 4 after the one year exclusivity deal with Microsoft has run out.[3][4]

Also, on Saturday, 21 August 2016 there was a special Community Event for official web sits, organized by Meagan Marie, where web masters from around the world gathered for a Community Dinner. Special guests were Nathan McCree and Jeff Wajcs, who answered questions about their respective areas of expertise.



  3. GamesCom Demo of 20 Year Celebration edition
  4. ...with Voice Over by Rich Briggs, Brand Director at Crystal Dynamics


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