News: Crystal Dynamics have not changed a single element of Tomb Raider’s story after it attracted criticism at E3, says art director Brian Horton.
Bryan Horton, senior art director for Tomb Raider at Crystal Dynamics has stated firmly that no content in the game’s narrative will be changed after the reboot of the Lara Croft universe in the wake of the “rape” controversy that the game attracted at E3 2012.
A scene of a villain threatening a bound Lara was present in the build shown back in June, and some commentators felt that the scene carried an implied threat of sexual violence towards the young and vulnerable Lara.
Crystal Dynamics and parent company Eidos were adamant at the time that the scene had been taken out of context, and they haven’t changed their opinion – or the game itself – since.
“Everything we did has been completely unchanged,” said Horton in a developer session at Eurogamer Expo 2012. “This is exactly the same build as we showed back at E3 2012, and the incident happens within the same context. We believe every decision we have made so far in the game is justified by the story we are trying to tell, so no changes have been made.”
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