Following a few disappointing Tomb Raider games in the early 2000s, Core Design began developing PSP games but still wanted to celebrate Lara and the Tomb Raider franchise in time for the 10th anniversary. The studio pitched and eventually got the green light to start working on a PSP remake of the original game. News of this remake leaked in 2006 via an internal video that ended up online.

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Shortly after the leak, the game was canceled. Instead, publisher Sci Entertainment went with a multiplatform remake developed by Crystal Dynamics. That game, Tomb Raider Anniversary, released in 2007, while Core Design shut down in 2010 after being bought by Rebellion and releasing stuff like Rogue Warrior.

Unlike Crystal Dynamics’ remake, this PSP take by Core is closer to the classic, original game, complete with clunky jumping and moving. Interestingly, Tomb of Ash claims that Core was in the process of flipping the remake into an Indiana Jones game.

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