Quantcast
Rhianna Pratchett writing the Tomb Raider reboot - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Tomb Raider  



Rhianna Pratchett writing the Tomb Raider reboot


10:30 AM on 07.12.2012
Rhianna Pratchett writing the Tomb Raider reboot  photo



[This post will come in two varieties: Standard and Cynical Collector's Edition. Following is the Dry version.]

Crystal Dynamics has announced that writer Rhianna Pratchett is on board to pen the narrative for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. Prior works The daughter of legendary novelist Terry Pratchett, Rhianna has contributed to various games including Mirror's Edge, Overlord, and Prince of Persia

"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," said the freshly announced lead writer. "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. It was going back to the genesis of videogame action heroines and exploring how to make such an iconic character meaningful and relatable for gamers today."

Pratchett's a solid writer, so that should be pretty good.

[Now, the Cynical version.]

Crystal Dynamics, furthering its attempts to distance itself from the word "rape" and any other tender gender issues, has announced Rhianna Pratchett, a woman, as the lead writer of the game. The studio has made extra careful that everybody knows that a woman is writing the game, therefore every controversy is now null and void. 

"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," said the freshly announced lead writer, who is a woman writer and will write a woman character with her woman's hands. "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. It was going back to the genesis of videogame action heroines and exploring how to make such an iconic character meaningful and relatable for gamers today."

"Many people think we are using women's issues as a cynical marketing ploy, but we're totes not, brah," someone at Crystal probably said. "Did you know, for example, that we actually KNOW some women? I'm not shitting you, son. I know about three of them and have even kissed one. We're letting one of them work on the game and also we have a Stevie Wonder LP in the cafeteria so we're not racist either." 

Patchett's a woman, so Crystal Dynamics isn't in trouble in anymore.








Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.



Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric photo
Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
10:00 AM on 11.20.2014


Review: LittleBigPlanet 3 photo
Review: LittleBigPlanet 3
10:00 AM on 11.18.2014





timeline following:
Tomb Raider



1:45 PM on 03.06.2014
Post PS4, Xbox One release, Tomb Raider sales crossing 6M

The Tomb Raider reboot had series high day one and month one sales, according to studio head Darrell Gallagher. Despite this, Tomb Raider's estimated 3.4 million first month sales were deemed a "slow start" by Square Enix, wh...more



3:15 PM on 01.17.2014
The Tomb Raider reboot is finally profitable

Last year's Tomb Raider reboot has finally reached the land of profitability, despite initially failing to meet the sales targets set by publisher Square Enix. In an interview with Eurogamer, executive producer Scott Amos rev...more



8:00 AM on 01.14.2014
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition comparison video

Our friends over at IGN just posted a video comparing Tomb Raider to Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, along with an interview with with developer Scot Amos. It's a nice interview, but it's a lot of preaching to the...more



11:00 PM on 12.25.2013
Tomb Raider fan film captures the brutality perfectly

Lots of fan films are great, but this Tomb Raider is above and beyond the average homage you'd normally see. The team at CanCinema did an amazing job, and it captures the brutality that the new Tomb Raider brought to the series.more



10:00 AM on 12.18.2013
Tomb Raider on iOS is great, but you'll want a controller

In case you haven't heard, the original Tomb Raider is available on iOS for a buck. I was trying it out yesterday, and I have to say, so long as you're using a controller option, the game works like a charm. The only han...more



9:00 AM on 12.17.2013
Play the original Tomb Raider on iOS for $0.99

Square Enix just released the original Tomb Raider for iOS, and it's just $0.99. The old Tomb Raider games were really good, so it's tempting to grab this for this cheap. It comes with the extra chapters from the 1998 re-rele...more



10:30 AM on 11.21.2013
Next Tomb Raider is Lara's next chapter of development

Brian Horton, the Senior Art Director at Crystal Dynamics, is really excited that the next Tomb Raider has been announced so he can talk about it. Horton explained the direction of the sequel's story, saying that "The Tomb Ra...more



10:15 AM on 10.09.2013
Tomb Raider comes to Mac later this year

While we're a bit light on details, we do know that Feral Interactive are bringing Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider to Mac later this year. They say to expect a mini-site soon for the game, which likely means that they're almost done with it.  I assume this trailer is Mac footage.more



12:15 PM on 08.01.2013
Square Enix confirms next-gen Tomb Raider is in the works

A next-gen sequel to Tomb Raider is "well into development," Square Enix CEO for the Americas and Europe Phil Rogers confirmed today. The announcement follows word that writer Gail Simone is working with Dark Horse Comic...more



11:00 PM on 07.08.2013
Lara Croft has the worst luck ever

The new Tomb Raider was pretty great. It also had so many ways Lara Croft could die, in a ton of gruesome scenes. Now imagine all the other ways Lara could be killed with this imaginative downloadable content detailed by Animation Domination High-Def.more




HAHA Weird!

1:30 PM on 11.19.2014
Why didn't anyone tell me you can become a cat in Grand Theft Auto V?

Yesterday, I saw that Grand Theft Auto V video of Franklin consuming a peyote plant and hallucinating he was a chicken which, because this is a videogame, meant the player got to actually control a chicken. Hah. Nice one, Ro...more



7:10 PM on 11.18.2014
I played a bunch of bizarre first-person shooters so you don't have to

You remember Superhot, don't you? It's a first-person shooter in which time progresses at a normal speed only when you move. Or how about Receiver? It had somewhat realistic gun handling that made for a rewarding experience. ...more



11:35 AM on 11.17.2014
Free 'Goat MMO Simulator' update coming Thursday

Coffee Stain Studios hasn't stopped supporting its wonky physics sandbox game Goat Simulator, thank goodness. The mobile version didn't entice me, but this fantasy-themed Goat MMO Simulator expansion is exactly the type of w...more



View all HAHA Weird!






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more