While a new Tomb Raider hasn’t yet been announced, some guy named Tom Braider has revealed who will be in charge of the inevitable next game: one Ian Milham. That’s the same Ian Milham who served as art director on the Dead Space series, and creative lead on Battlefield Hardline, meaning that Lara will definitely be fighting necromorphs and crooked cops in her next adventure. That’s how game development works, everybody, and I refuse to believe accounts to the contrary.
Here’s Scot Amos, co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics, welcoming Milham aboard:
“Ian is one of those rare veterans who combines creativity, artistry, and passion into excellence on-screen. It’s a matching type of DNA that Crystal Dynamics has forged itself upon over these last few years. We’re very excited to welcome Ian as the newest top-tier talent joining our studio. His attitude, aptitude, and aspirations for crafting great game experiences are perfectly aligned with who and what Crystal Dynamics is all about.”
And here’s Milham’s obligatory quote:
“Adventure games have always been my first love. When the opportunity came to join Crystal Dynamics, I had to jump on it. This is the home of Lara Croft, who is a legend in action-adventure gaming and a pillar of the industry. I’ve admired Crystal’s work for a while now, as they continue to deliver top notch narrative and spectacle, coupled with deep systems and player choice. I’m very excited about where the studio is headed and I’m eager to be a part of it.”
“Also, I’m totally adding necromorphs, like what Tom said.”
Microsoft may have allowed users of its popular operating systems to upgrade to Windows 10 for free last year, but the company hasn’t hidden the fact that it will use various methods to monetize the platform. In April 2015, the Redmond firm revealedthat one way it would do this is by placing ads on the Windows lock screen, and now it has made good on this promise, as several users have reported seeing Rise of the Tomb Raider ads appearing on their devices.
The full-screen advertisements ask users to “Discover the legend within,” by purchasing the second game in the rebooted Lara Croft series from Microsoft’s Windows Store. The ads were initially reported by How-To Geek’s Chris Stobing, as well as several Reddit users.
Luckily, disabling the ads is very simple. Simply go to Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen and uncheck the box that reads:“Get fun facts, tips, tricks and more on your lock screen.” Note that this is the way to avoid ads if you have ‘Picture’ or ‘Slideshow’ selected for the ‘Background’ setting. Anyone using the Windows Spotlight feature, which shows images from Bing and certain running Windows apps, will see the advertisements.
This isn’t the first instance of Windows offering up these ads; last month, several userscomplained that they found a promotion for the Minions movie had appeared on their lock screens, which also included a link to the Windows Store for anyone wishing to buy the animated box-office hit.
While lock screen ads may be an annoyance to many people, at least Microsoft has made receiving them optional. Hopefully, the company won’t ramp up this method of monetizing Windows 10 by pushing out more invasive ads and make opting out more difficult – or even impossible.