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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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Rachel Weber: Rachel Weber has been with GamesIndustry since 2011 and specialises in news-writing and investigative journalism. She has more than five years of consumer experience, having previously worked for Future Publishing in the UK.
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