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Are those… dual pistols, Lara?

of the has an official ending with playful nods to the original games in the series, but an ending that wasn’t supposed to be in the game was in launch copies of the title.

Spoiler Warning: For those who don’t want the real (or unofficial) ending of Shadow of the Tomb Raider ruined, finish the game and come back to read this strange story after.

As reported by Kotaku, the day-one patch for Shadow of the Tomb Raider actually included the proper ending of the game. In this official post-credits scene, Lara is sitting at a desk at Croft Manor while the camera pans over various items and artifacts from this latest trilogy of Tomb Raider games. The scene ends with a shot of a hand-drawn picture, one Lara drew as a child, that shows her with her parents next to a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a pyramid. It’s a fun reference to the original 1996 Tomb Raider, which featured both of these elements.

However, this wasn’t exactly the post-credits scene everyone saw. Fans in the Tomb Raider forums began arguing after a user that goes by tombstone asked why nobody had brought up that the ending included a letter from Natla – the main antagonist from the original Tomb Raider.

As it turns out, he was seeing an ending that others on the forums weren’t. This ending is very similar to the official ending, but includes an unopened letter from Natla being delivered to Lara. It also includes the famous dual pistols that Lara uses in the original games and doesn’t show the hand-drawn picture on the wall.

The ending tombstone and few other fans saw when they beat the game was the ending accidentally included on the physical disc that was shipped out to and retailers. who downloaded the day-one patch no longer saw this version and were treated to the ending developer Eidos Montréal intended to see. who didn’t download the patch saw the ending that includes the letter from Natla. The developers ultimately made a public statement, revealing that this scene included on the disc was actually a mistake.

The statement reads: “During the course of development on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, multiple post-credits scenes were explored. Unfortunately one of the directions that was considered, but not chosen, was mistakenly included in the game. The Day One patch fixes this error, along with many other improvements. As always, we highly recommend that our players install the patch to enjoy the complete and most up-to-date experience.”

So the ending with the letter from Natla is not official, meaning this strong connection to the original Tomb Raider isn’t canon. It’s unclear exactly why Eidos decided to exclude this and the dual pistols, but both endings of the game leave open threads and references to the original titles.

In our review of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, we called the game “Amazing” saying, “With a story that manages to satisfactorily tread the line between high-concept fun and grounded character exploration, Shadow of the Tomb Raider meaningfully wraps up the journey Lara began in 2013 and convincingly leaves her in a place resembling where she was when we were first introduced to her more than 20 years ago.”

For more on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, check out our Challenge Tombs guide and how to solve the game’s biggest puzzles.

Colin Stevens is a freelance writer for Tech, and frankly, mistakes happen. Follow him on Twitter.

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