Rhianna Pratchett is lead writer for Tomb Raider reboot

Thursday, 12th July 2012 15:04 GMT By Stace Harman

Crystal Dynamics has announced that BAFTA nominee and Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award winner, Rhianna Pratchett, is the lead writer for its 2013 Tomb Raider reboot.

Rhianna Pratchett, writer and co-story designer on Mirror’s Edge, has been confirmed as the lead writer on Tomb Raider.

The British script writer, story designer and “narrative paramedic” was nominated for a BAFTA for her work on Heavenly Sword and won a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award for Best Videogame Script for humorous action-adventure title, Overlord. She said of her appointment to Tomb Raider:

“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.

“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.”

Crystal Dynamics head, Darrell Gallagher, added, “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.”

Pratchett will be participating in two panels at Comic Con in San Diego on Saturday July 14, from 12-2pm and then from 6-7pm.

Tomb Raider launches on March 5 2013. Recent hands-on impressions and a video interview with Crystal Dynamics’ global brand director, Karl Stewart, are up on the site right now.



  1. DiegoEmiliano

    Like father, like son! :D

    #1 2 years ago
  2. marijnlems

    Ehh, like daughter, you mean?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    Why the hell are they only announcing this now?

    Gives a little extra faith that her rebooted character won’t be an utter failure.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight


    Seriously though I thought it looked like it was going to be a stellar game but this just confirms it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    This game is getting sweeter by the minute, man i thought this game had potential, but with every new news about it, is getting better and better and better, i think it will be a great game, no doubt about it.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. roadkill

    Wow! So the leading lady has enough courage to write that attempted-rape scene while some readers cry sexism. To those readers! You’re pathetic.. nothing but a bunch of faggots. If I would be your parent I would erase all of my ties to you. Pathetic!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    I really like the sound of Rhianna’s attitude to this, it helps instill further confidence. :) @5: yes. I really hope this is going to deliver. Exciting times! I’m increasingly of the opinion that it will.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @6 Your ability to miss the point is astounding.

    It’s not about “the attempted rape scene”. It’s about how the people making the game have portrayed Lara and spoken about the character so far. Ironic that it would take a woman to fix a bunch of men’s sexist comments, but sadly not surprising.

    Good job with the homophobic slurs, by the way. Real classy.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. absolutezero



    #9 2 years ago
  10. AHA-Lambda

    “writer and co-story designer on Mirror’s Edge”

    OH GOD NO! D:

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Da Man

    Mirror’s Edge had a story and a writer?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. TheBlackHole

    @10 & 11

    Yes, but the studio/publisher tore the game to pieces before launch, cutting huge swathes of dialogue/character development and removing entire scenes.

    It’s an interesting read, if you have the time.

    #12 2 years ago

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