Rhianna Pratchett Announced As Tomb Raider’s Lead Writer

Rhianna Pratchett, former gaming journalist, fiction writer, award winning game writer, and daughter of British National Treasure Terry Pratchett, has been formally announced as the lead writer on Square Enix’s upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise.

“Rhianna has been working on the game with the narrative from its early inception,” Darrell Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics said in a press statement. “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.”

“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,” Pratchett said in the same statement. “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 has had a long career writing in video games, having worked on the original Risen, the Prince of Persia PS2 reboot, and more recently, Mirror’s Edge. She’s also quite excellent and presumably her hiring means that SE will be approaching Tomb Raider a little differently than the incredibly misguided ideas previously revealed. And that’s a good thing.

Her official site has more.

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