News: Rhianna Pratchett, the games writer responsible for Mirror’s Edge, Heavenly Sword and the Oblivion series, has been revealed by Crystal Dynamics as the lead writer on the Tomb Raider reboot.
Writer Rhianna Pratchett recently told BeefJack that she would like to see some visually unconventional characters in games. Now that she’s been revealed as the lead writer behind Crystal Dynamics‘ Tomb Raider reboot, it seems she’s trying to do this by dirtying up dear old Lara.
“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,” says Pratchett in a post on the game’s official tumblr. “Seldom do we get the opportunity to reimagine and reinvent a legend, so getting my narrative hands on Miss Croft was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity.”
Pratchett has been working on the game for two years without breathing a word of her involvement. “Rhianna has been working on the game with the narrative from its early inception,” says head of studio Darrell Gallagher. “She has brought a unique perspective to the project and helped us explore the character origins of Lara Croft. There is no doubt that Rhianna has brought a depth and credibility to Lara, a heroine who will really connect with today’s gamers.”
Considering that most of her writing for Mirror’s Edge protagonist Faith was cut at the last minute, let’s see how she does with a particularly vocal heroine. Hmm, curious what she’d have to say about that whole rape kerfuffle though.
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