Shadow of the Tomb Raider 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 mistakenly included 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.