Jeff Bezos’ company would have the right to distribute games and media productions in the series
Months after the Embracer Group completed the purchase of Crystal Dynamics and franchises such as Tomb Raider, the series has been linked to several projects run by Amazon. According to a report released by the website Fellowship of Fans, this is because Jeff Bezos’ company has reached an agreement to “lease” the rights to the series, which will bring $600 million to its current owner.
While the details of the deal have not been made public, the franchise makes it the second largest investment Amazon has ever made in an entertainment product. The top spot continues to be occupied by The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, a series that premiered on Prime Video in September last year.
It looks, Embracer Group still owns Tomb Raider, but the franchise will be run by Amazon for the next few years. The company has already confirmed that it will publish and distribute the new game in the series developed by Crystal Dynamicswhich is created using Unreal Engine 5.
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In addition to investing in more games, Jeff Bezos’ company also wants to explore Lara Croft’s potential in other ways. Among the initiatives currently planned are; a new interconnected universe in cinemawhich would have the ambitious goal of competing for the same audience of fans as the Marvel movie productions.
THE Amazon is also reportedly investing in a new Tomb Raider TV series, which will air exclusively on its Prime Video. However, as the terms of his potential deal with Embracer Group are still unknown, it is not certain if the “lease” extends to other types of producers.
If the agreement between the companies does exist, this represents a true genius for the current owner of Crystal Dynamics. By “leasing” Tomb Raider for $600 million, it is getting back twice what it invested in the acquisition of studios Eidos Montréal and Crystal Dynamics and all their real estate that until then was in the hands of Square Enix.
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Source: Gaming Bolt, Fellowship of Fans