Tomb Raider Writer Pleads For A Meaningful Change To Lara’s Origin

Rhianna Pratchett, the writer of Square Enix’s beloved Tomb Raider series, wants Lara Croft to let go of her difficult history with her father.


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grave robber Writer Rhianna Pratchett hoped that Lara Croft would finally let go of her past in the next entry in Square Enix’s video game saga.

Although Pratchett has confirmed that she will not be working on the next title in the grave robber series, she’s always looking forward to seeing how the upcoming entry will handle Lara Croft’s story. According to Eurogamer, Pratchett wanted Lara to rise above the specter of her father Richard, whose death set the stage for the events of the reboot trilogy. “We had a really fun time developing his character, so I’d like to see probably less dad issues,” she said.

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Pratchett explained that Lara from the reboot trilogy was still becoming the confident explorer of the original games, calling her a “proto-Tomb Raider”. The writer hoped the future of the series would see Lara fulfill her potential, finally turning her into the gun-throwing daredevil longtime fans have known and loved. “I want to see this full realization,” she said. “I want to see the sassy stunt doubles and the stuff that I would have loved to write. But, you know, she wasn’t at that point yet, she didn’t have the confidence yet.”


Lara’s father, Richard Croft, was one of the most important characters in the reboot trilogy and a driving force in Lara’s growth throughout the games. Although he was very fond of his daughter, his obsession with her arcane archeological research drove a wedge between the two, with Lara even beginning to resent her father after his sudden death. When Lara decided to complete her research, her surviving notes guided the young Croft through her adventures, allowing her to finally come to terms with her memory at the conclusion of Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

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Although nothing has yet been revealed regarding the plot of the new grave robber game, Crystal Dynamics Franchise Director Dallas Dickenson has revealed that the latest entry in the franchise will be powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5. News of the project’s ongoing development came as part of the State of the Unreal showcase, a live event announcing the release of Epic Games’ next-gen game engine. “Our goal is to push the boundaries of fidelity and deliver the high-quality, cinematic action-adventure experience that fans of both Crystal Dynamics and the Tomb Raider franchise deserve,” said Dickenson.


the grave robber The Reboot Trilogy is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Source: BAFTA Awards, via Eurogamer


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