Crystal Dynamics, the development studio behind the Tomb Raider franchise, announced today that they have expanded their operations by opening up a new studio. Located in Bellevue, Washington the new studio is called Crystal Northwest.

The studio has officially started up operations already. It is a "full-fledged extension of Crystal Dynamics" and it will initially help develop new technologies for the studio. It is also helping to work on the upcoming Avengers Project. Crystal Northwest is led by game industry veterans Chad Queen and James Loe. ...