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Rhianna Pratchett named as Tomb Raider lead writer

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When it comes to Tomb Raider, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are keeping all of their cards very close to their collective chests and have slowly been revealing snippets of details for the game since it was announced in late 2010.

Just last month, we learned who is providing the voice for protagonist Lara Croft, and we extracted all kinds of interesting details during our interview with Crytal Dynamics’ Ron Rosenberg as well as with Lisa’s eyes-on preview of the game.

What did we learn about Tomb Raider today? Industry writer Rhianna Pratchett is the game’s lead writer.

Rhianna Pratchett

According to Square Enix, Pratchett has been writing “for and about” videogames for over 14 years, going from game journalist to story and narrative writer having worked on games such as Mirror’s Edge, Overlord and Heavenly Sword, receiving awards and nominations for her writing including a BAFTA nomination and a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award.

“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 Pratchett.

“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.”

Head of Crystal Dynamics, Darrell Gallagher, had nothing but praise for Pratchett, enthusing:

“Rhianna has been working on the game with the narrative from its early inception. 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.”

Tomb Raider is out on March 5th 2013 across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.


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