Press release

Ian Milham Joins Crystal Dynamics

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (August 26, 2016) – Crystal Dynamics is excited to announce that industry veteran Ian Milham has joined the studio in the role of Game Director on the Tomb Raider franchise.

Milham studied Illustration in school and has been making games for twenty years, starting as an environment artist and spending thirteen years as an Art Director before moving into a Creative Director role.  For much of that time, he was Art Director on the Dead Space games at Electronic Arts, as part of the team that created the series and its sequels. 

“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,” said Scot Amos, co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “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.”

“Adventure games have always been my first love,” said Milham. "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.”

The TOMB RAIDER franchise has sold over 46 million copies worldwide and inspired one of the most successful video game film adaptations in history, grossing over $300 million at the global box office with protagonist Lara Croft becoming a contemporary global icon. The most recent game in the world famous franchise,  Rise of the Tomb Raider, released for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 9, 2015 and for PC on January 28, 2016. The game has received numerous “Best of” nominations and is one of the highest rated games on next generation systems. The upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration brings completely new content to the award-winning game, and celebrates 20 years of the franchise and its iconic heroine Lara Croft. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will release for PlayStation 4 on October 11, 2016, with the additional content also coming to Xbox One and PC via the Season Pass. All of this has once again made TOMB RAIDER a destination brand for action-adventure.