Square Enix has announced that a new Tomb Raider game is coming, while sneakily acknowledging that it is Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Overnight, the company tweeted the following message [emphasis ours]:

Square Enix is excited to share some big news with you next year.

Honestly, we wish we could share it with you right now but we're taking a new approach this time.

A new Tomb Raider game is coming.

Driven by our goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won't be very long between the official reveal and when you can play.

Our journey together will begin with a major event in 2018.

We simply can't wait to take you on Lara Croft's defining adventure.

The more perceptive of you will notice that the first letters of each sentence collectively spell out "Shadow" – a reference to the game's name, which was spotted on a laptop on a Montreal subway last year. Later, an anonymous source confirmed to Kotaku that Shadow of the Tomb Raider is indeed the title of the series' next game.

Apparently Deus Ex and Thief studio Eidos Montreal rather than modern Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics is tackling Shadow.