March 5, 2024

Anniversary Fan Finds Special Copy of the Game at Secondhand Store

Highlights

  • A Tomb Raider fan found a copy of Tomb Raider: Anniversary signed by Ian Livingston, the former head of Eidos Interactive and co-founder of Games Workshop.
  • Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a 2007 remake of the original game and received widespread praise, although it was the worst-selling game in the franchise.
  • While Livingston did not directly participate in developing the game, his signature on the copy makes it a unique collector’s item possibly worth more than its original price.


A Tomb Raider fan found a copy of Tomb Raider: Anniversary that appeared to have been signed by Sir Ian Livingston, who headed Eidos at the time. An English author and entrepreneur, Livingstone co-founded Warhammer and Warhammer 40K publisher Games Workshop in 1975 and helped to establish Eidos Interactive in 1995.

Released on PC, PS2, Xbox 360, and Wii, Tomb Raider: Anniversary is the 2007 remake of the original Tomb Raider from 1996. Developed in the same engine as 2006’s Tomb Raider: Legend, it sees Lara traveling the world as she searches for the lost city of Atlantis. Anniversary made numerous small changes to the gameplay, visual design, and parts of the story but preserved the core of what worked in the original game. However, despite widespread praise from players and critics alike, Tomb Raider: Anniversary was the worst-selling game in the franchise, selling only 1.3 million copies compared to the original’s 7 million.

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Reddit user Pending_Content was browsing a secondhand shop when they stumbled across a signed copy of Tomb Raider: Anniversary for the Xbox 360. The signature is, unfortunately, illegible, so it took fans a bit of time to figure out exactly whose it was. Non-joking suggestions included Tomb Raider: Anniversary‘s creative director Jason Botta, or Jonelle Elliot, who voiced Lara Croft in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Tomb Raider: Chronicles, and Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. However, the community eventually determined that the signature belonged to Livingstone.

Livingstone isn’t credited as having played any direct role in developing 2007’s Tomb Raider: Anniversary, though he was the first to tease the game during a May 2006 interview. However, his contribution to gaming shouldn’t be understated, as he played a pivotal role in establishing Games Workshop and worked as an editor for the company’s White Dwarf magazine. He also co-wrote a successful book series called Fighting Fantasy, which combined Choose Your Own Adventure storytelling with tabletop RPG gameplay. He played a senior role at Eidos from the 1990s until 2013.

Livingston’s signature might not be as sought after by Tomb Raider fans as someone who worked more directly on the game. However, it’s still enough to make this copy of Tomb Raider: Anniversary a one-of-a-kind collector’s item. Whether it’s actually worth a significant amount of money is a matter of speculation. Still, it seems likely that it’s worth far more than whatever the secondhand store was asking for.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary is available on PC, PS2, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 and is backward compatible on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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