Tomb Raider: 10th Anniversary, a remake of the original Grave robber games for Sony’s PSP, which was canceled in 2006, have recently reappeared as a playable alpha, according to PC player. The game was developed by Core Design before it was closed in favor of Crystal Dynamics’ platform Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Legend, a new performance about the origin story of treasure hunter Lara Croft.
The playable alpha has climbing, swimming and general platforming of the original game minus dialogue and enemies. It̵
The journey alpha files and assets have taken to get here has not been entirely straightforward. Core Design, the original creators of Tomb Raider, was eventually sold by the publisher Eidos to Rebellion after the canceled remake. The unfinished game was then passed as a demo for one Indiana Jones games for LucasArts and as one National tax game. None of the tones were eventually picked up, and the PSP game faded into the history and memories of fans – until now. If you are curious about the development of Grave robber and the history of Core Design, EuroGamer has a great feature.
To try the game for yourself, you need to download the files from the online archive and follow the instructions Tomb of Ash (one Grave robber fan site) to get the game patched and playable. From there, you’re ready for a taste of game history that never happened.