Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett wants Lara to have fewer father issues in next game

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Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett wants Lara Croft to have fewer father issues in the forthcoming next game.

Speaking to Eurogamer at last night’s BAFTAs, Pratchett confirmed she's not working on the newly announced title, but is "very excited to see what they do with Lara next".

"We had a really fun time evolving her character, so I would like to see probably less father issues," she said. "And that's coming from me!"

She continued: "I like seeing her striking out on her own and really taking some joy in what she does. Because when we wrote the reboot game, she was really on her way to becoming a tomb raider. So she was like proto-Tomb Raider. And all the the traits that you associate with Tomb Railer like tenaciousness, bravery, resourcefulness, were kind of bubbling to the surface with her.

"I want to see that full fruition, I want to see the sassy one liners and things that I would have loved to have written. But, you know, she wasn't at that stage yet, she didn't have the confidence yet.

"I think that the trilogy went down really well with fans, so it's gonna be exciting to see what they do next."

Fittingly, Pratchett was presenting the first award of the night for Narrative, which was awarded to Unpacking.

Earlier this week Crystal Dynamics announced it was working on the next Tomb Raider game in the series, which will be developed in Unreal Engine 5.

cwilbur22 on April 8th, 2022 at 16:13 UTC »

I liked the original story printed in the manual of the first game. She was a young aristocrat who was coming back from a ski trip or something and her plane crashed in the jungle. She survived for months before making her way back to civilization, but she didn't feel like she fit in anymore so she gave up that life and pursued archaeology and indigenous cultures. She was a prodigy, learned a bunch of languages, etc. Her family disapproved and cut her off, but she made her own fortune as a successful researcher and published several books and guides and became semi-famous (looking like a Victorias Secret model probably didn't hurt). Her family was impressed at the independent woman she'd become and she again became the heir to the Croft estate. Paraphrasing, as it's been like 20 something years, but like, that's still a pretty solid story imo

The_Rox on April 8th, 2022 at 12:53 UTC »

After 3 games, it would be nice to move on and actually do some tomb raiding.

mighty_mag on April 8th, 2022 at 12:09 UTC »

I'm all for it. We had her origin story already. Thrice, actually, we are past her learning what it means to be a Croft. Now it's time for her to carry on as a Tomb Raider.