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Crystal Dynamics on Tomb Raider reboot: “Lara Croft as a sex object isn’t our goal”

Friday, 10th December 2010 07:52 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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May as well throw out the kitchen sink while you’re at it.

Crystal Dynamics’ art director Brian Horton has been talking about creating the new Lara Croft for Tomb Raider, where she isn’t going to be seen as a “sex object” as far as the studio is going.

“As far as sex appeal, we are always thinking about making a character that people want to play, and part of that is a level of attractiveness and being drawn to Lara,” Horton told Game Informer.

“But we don’t want to play up sexuality for sexualities sake. We are constantly talking about context and motivation on this project. If for any reason we wanted to put her in a situation that would be alluring, it isn’t to be alluring. It would be because the situation called for it.

“Lara is a lover of archeology and she has these book smarts. Her brains are another huge part of her sex appeal. She is an attractive girl who doesn’t play up her looks, but she is super smart and she is very ambitious.”

Horton added that Croft’s “toughness” will ultimately define who she really is

“Ultimately, what I think is going to be compelling about this – and what our version of sexy is – is the toughness through adverse conditions,” he said.

“Seeing her survive through these moments. Her skin is still bare on the arms and there are going to be rips and tears on her clothes, but it won’t be about being revealing. It’s a way of saying that through these tough situations, there is a beauty and vulnerability coming through. I think that is sexy in its own way.

“There is a different tone we are going for across the board, and Lara Croft as a sex object isn’t our goal.

“No unlockable bikinis.”

Tomb Raider was announced earlier this week with no date, but will release on PS3, 360 and PC.

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  1. Dannybuoy

    Isn’t that the main appeal of the series? Having a sexy Lara is pretty much intrinsic.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. back_up

    Lair Lair

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Aimless

    @1 It certainly wasn’t the original intention, hence Toby Gard’s departure from Core after the first game was released; he didn’t agree with marketing Lara as a sex object.

    Incidentally her exaggerated breast size was literally down to the slip of a mouse.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. M2Kx

    lame, gtfo!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    Oh dear. Jade Redmond can tell you what a large portion of gamers think of smart, ambitious woman in this industry. I expect the forums to be full of boys moaning that Lara’s boobs have been nerfed.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Kuwabara

    they need to make a hot model of lara and have realistic bouncing boobs and sexy revealing unlockable costumes!!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    @5 What would Jade Raymond know about smart women in the industry? Well, maybe she knows Corinne Yu.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. OrbitMonkey

    @7 Gosh such venom! I forget what Jade did to deserve it… Oh yes she talked about a game! What a bitch! *sarcasm*
    @6 Your so right! *more sarcasm*

    #8 4 years ago
  9. PEYJ

    @8

    I agree completely. Finally she may become really interesting as a person too. Besides, who actually spend time on her looks when being busy avoiding all the pitfalls and trial and error.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @9: Yeah, totally. To be honest this is one of the major reasons i stopped playing the Tomb Raider games. Lara became a freakin’ joke. A doll face with huge breasts. A shallow puppet. People playing videogames for huge boobs and shit are also a freakin’ joke.

    It’s the 21. century. You don’t need to be so desperate and stare at huge pixel boobs and round asses for hours. You can stream porn. Please do that and allow Lara do be a character again.

    #10 4 years ago