'I have to be careful because I know exactly where Lara's going' says brand director.
Crystal Dynamics' global brand director Karl Stewart has suggested that a second Tomb Raider game could already be in pre-production, despite the reboot title still being nine months away from release.
"I have to be careful because I know exactly where she's going," Stewart said when asked by VideoGamer.com what the future may hold for Lara beyond next year's game.
"You have to look at the future, you have to look at where... It's not just one game," he continued.
"At the end of this game we want her to be that strong female character that is willing to go and seek out mysteries and seek out tombs. She's going to be going to plenty of tombs in this game, but we're going to have somebody who wants to go on that adventure, who wants to be the person that she now is. That's the goal."
Stewart wouldn't be pushed for any more details on the unannounced sequel, though.
"I don't want to say anymore on it because I'll have the game director of the next game going 'what the fuck are you saying!?'"
As well as Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics is rumoured to be working on two more games.
One of them is a next-gen new IP. The other, though, we know very little about, beyond being headed up by ex-God of War director Cory Barlog.
Could Barlog already be working on a Tomb Raider sequel?
In the same interview, Stewart told us that the game's recent 'rape' controversy was "unfortunate", but argued that "90 per cent of people who reported on it didn't actually see the game".
It was also revealed this morning that English actress Camilla Luddington would be providing the voice for Lara in the new game.
Tomb Raider launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on March 5, 2013.