Rhianna Pratchett is Tomb Raider writer

Mirror's Edge author "brought a unique perspective to the project"

Rhianna Pratchett has been revealed as the lead writer on Square Enix's new Tomb Raider title.

"I grew up playing Tomb Raider, uncovering the world's secrets and unearthing its treasures; I have lived and died as Lara Croft, but nothing comes close to the challenge of re-writing her," she said.

"Seldom do we get the opportunity to re-imagine and reinvent a legend, so getting my narrative hands on Miss Croft was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. It was going back to the genesis of video game action heroines and exploring how to make such an iconic character meaningful and relatable for gamers today."

She also added on Twitter "thank god! After 2 years I can now talk about what I've been working on."

The news is especially interesting in light of the recent controversy over an apparent misunderstanding about a sexual assault suffered by Lara during the game.

"She has brought a unique perspective to the project and helped us explore the character origins of Lara Croft," said Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher of Pratchett, who has previously worked on Heavenly Sword, Overlord and Mirror's Edge.

"There is no doubt that Rhianna has brought a depth and credibility to Lara, a heroine who will really connect with today's gamers."

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Latest comments (3)

Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 5 years ago
Odd. I can understand how she wouldn't be able to talk about specifics regarding story, but why was she not one of the people trotted out to talk about the sexual assault scene? Assuming that she is at least partially responsible for it, that is. This seems like an NDA that hindered rather than helped.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis5 years ago
Her father is an amazing author but I have yet to see anything from Rhianna that makes me think anything she is involved with deserves extra attention. Hopefully she will have more input into Tomb Raider than previous titles and I'll be proven wrong.
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Joe Winkler trained retail salesman, Expert5 years ago
The universe of Overlord is quite funny. The idea of Mirror's Edge and it's 1984 style future vision was proof enough that she doesn't need to write fantasy titles only. I hope it'll work with an icon of video game history aswell.
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