Core Design

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Core Design were the designers of the first six Tomb Raider Games. They were the original creators of Lara Croft with Toby Gard as the chief designer, and father of Lara.

Core Design and Tomb Raider

Core Design had large amounts of success with the early Tomb Raider games. They have sold 25 million units connected to the Tomb Raider franchise worldwide. Their success started to dwindle during the release of Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation, as ideas began to run out. By the time Tomb Raider Chronicles was released, the days of Tomb Raider at Core Design were limited. Fans and critics called it bland, not challenging and old news.[citation needed]

Core wanted to hit back and so they set out for the new generation of Tomb Raider games, leaving the Tomb Raider Classic behind. With advanced graphics, AI and a new look for Lara; The Angel of Darkness was anticipated. But it was ridiculed mercilessly by some reviewers for having atrocious controls and camera angles. The criticism continued onto the game levels. Some fans were very disappointed at the lack of Tombs and historical settings in the game which took place in a mostly urban environment. The limited success of Angel of Darkness proved to be the last straw. The publisher Eidos Interactive sacked Core Design and gave the responsibility of reviving Lara Croft to Crystal Dynamics.


The offices of Core Design were located at 55 Ashbourne Road, Derby, DE22 3FS, United Kingdom.[1]

To honour Core Design's greatest achievement Lara Croft the town of derby named a road after her, Lara Croft Way.


The official website of Core Design was located at This site is now defunct; instead a fan site is now located at this address.


  1. Web Archive Backup of Original Homepage