Earlier this month, we informed you about the remastered versions of Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3 that were going to be released on Steam. These remasters were being developed by Realtech VR and they were basically mods that would require the original DOS games on Steam in order to work. However, it appears that these remasters have been cancelled.
Square Enix has taken down all the videos from those remasters on YouTube, and Realtech VR has announced that it will no longer be working on them.
After this episode, we are refocusing on new projects involving Augmented Reality on iOS and VR on PC. We are not more committed on third party license anymore.
— realtech VR (@realtech_VR) March 21, 2018
Crystal Dynamics has offered an official statement about the cancellation of these remasters.
“While we always welcome passion and excitement for the Tomb Raider franchise, the remasters in question were initiated and advertised without seeking approval. As such, they were never officially sanctioned. Ensuring fans receive high quality gaming experiences is at the heart of our mission as a company, which requires all projects to go through proper channels. We are thrilled about the future of Tomb Raider, and cannot thank fans enough for their continued support and excitement for the brand.”
To be honest, these projects looked amazing and retained the original feeling of the games. As said, they felt more like mods as Realtech VR did not have any plans to release any game data and these remasters required the original DOS games in order to work. Therefore, we are puzzled as to why Square Enix decided to send them a C&D letter.
These remasters would have a new 3D renderer, improved textures and shaders, featured real-time dynamic shadows, and they would support 4K resolutions and anti-aliasing. Furthermore, Realtech VR had plans to allow shaders, textures and models to be changed/customized.