Mirror's Edge writer penning Tomb Raider

Rhianna Pratchett has been at work on Lara Croft's new incarnation for two years, plans to comment on game's gender controversies soon.

Critics have voiced concerns with the Tomb Raider reboot's controversial characterization of Lara Croft as a female protagonist. But they may find comfort in today's announcement from the game's lead writer, Rhianna Pratchett, whose previous writing work includes Mirror's Edge and Heavenly Sword. She has been at work on the game for the last two years, according to the official Tomb Raider blog.

A female writer for a female heroine seems fair.

Pratchett has not yet commented on the controversy surrounding what appeared to be an attempted rape in one of the game's trailers, which the developers since dismissed as a misconstrued scene. She said on her Twitter account the issue will be addressed in future panels and interviews. Pratchett is scheduled to appear in two San Diego Comic-Con panels.

"I have lived and died as Lara Croft, but nothing comes close to the challenge of re-writing her," Pratchett said on the blog post. "[Writing for the new Tomb Raider] was going back to the genesis of video game action heroines and exploring how to make such an iconic character meaningful and relatable for gamers today."

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therealsig
therealsig

Showing an attempted rape scene is a controversy? Wow. With all the the crap that video games are loaded with these days, an "attempted rape scene" (look at the word ATTEMPTED) should be rated E.

Storm_Marine
Storm_Marine

Because of course, Mirror's Edge was known for it's story and characters.......

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'm a little confused: does this mean there's been controversy over Lara's general appearance and characteristics in addition to the supposed rape scene? Strikes me as a tad rediculous if there is. Mirror's Edge had a terrific story so I'm really looking forward to this one now.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

Loved Mirror's Edge, more than likely gonna love this one.  And I've had enough of this invented 'rape controversy'. 

eva02langley
eva02langley

OMG! No wonder why for the first time I was kind of really interested in Tomb Raider. Mirror's Edge is IMO, one of the best game I have seen in the last 5 years.

lock445
lock445

I support this writer wholeheartedly. We need more women in the industry!

hadlee73
hadlee73

I suppose "Mirror's Edge writer penning Tomb Raider" sounds much better than "CSI: Fatal Conspiracy writer penning Tomb Raider" :P

johnthegamegeek
johnthegamegeek

i hope she can handle that "attempted rape'' controversy at those two San Diego Comic-Con panels.

Guest1001
Guest1001

Ugh, I haven't been able to stand Rhianna Pratchett's writing ever since Overlord 2.

samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

Yay! I thought Mirror's Edge was a fresh game. I'm so excited for this Tomb Raider game, even though I don't understand why they're rebooting a perfectly good series.

RealFabioSooner
RealFabioSooner

Now I'm really, REALLY pissed.

 

I've been saying here in this site's comment sections and other places that the PC (as in politically correct, not personal computer :P) mentality is getting too entrenched in the gaming press and it needs to be excised NOW, before the medium is cut short of its potential before it even realises it.

 

This is ridiculous. A game features a scene that was OBVIOUSLY set up to make the player feel repulsion about bad men who can't control themselves is treated like the exact contrary, but we need to discover that it was written by a *woman* to notice it.

 

Just goes to show you can't trust anyone with "good intentions" about gender roles and political correctness. These people are there to tell you what you should think, not to promote diversity. They're there to elevate themselves and chosen targets above the flack, not to promote intelligent, critical thinking. Politically correctness is postmodern censorship, and its advocates are the new "enlightened dictators".

biokrysty
biokrysty

mirror's edge was a great game , I'm sure the writer will do a great job with this one to :)

 

R2BDSi
R2BDSi

Do Metroid next!

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

You know, for a split second, I thought the headline was going to mention an announcement about a Mirror's Edge sequel... and then I finished reading.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

OK, now I see why Crystal Dynamic and Square Enix have been so weird in regards to this. I'll bet that when this all started, someone from CD or SE wanted to hold a press conference and say "If you have a problem, here's the FEMALE lead writer, take it up with her."

It sounds sexist, but let's all be honest with ourselves for a moment. If there was a female lead programmer, producer, or director, or if they had told us about Rhianna Pratchett in the first place, things would have been different. People would have seen that same scene, and gushed about Women's empowerment, that female writers are standing out in a male dominated sector and the ability to over come blah blah blah blah blaahhh. Instead, we got two guys showing off the new trailer, followed by cries of sexism, exploitation, blah blah blah blah blaaahhhhh. And that was before CD released that confusing statement.

Either way, I can't wait to hear what Pratchett has to say in few hours, if that Comic-Con stage show schedule is right.

 

chicosexypr
chicosexypr

I only hope that she respects the icon that Lara has become.  The game is supposed to be dated after Lara graduates, so is a young Lara who is learning to become what she is on earlier games.  What I'm expecting from this game is a more realistic enviromental background without all those cartoony scenes.  I hoping for a more human-like game with more realistic puzzles like how to climb a mountain and the like.

LessThanMike
LessThanMike

I'm intrigued to see what she comes up with, the series needed a serious reboot.

KFHEWUI
KFHEWUI

Shame. Mirror's Edge's had a terrible and generic plot.

 

I would rather they get Toby Gard (creator of Tomb Raider) to write the script and try and salvage the train wreck that Crystal Dynamic has done to TR. I understand that when another company takes over a license the gameplay will change, but that does not give them to the right to completely ignore the storyline.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

 @RealFabioSooner It's just a new fad. People like to take the moral high ground of "let's defend the rape victims!" without realizing that all their arguments are idiotic and that they are infantilizing actual rape victims. 

 

I can't wait until this "video games are sexist" fad blows over.

Inconsistancy
Inconsistancy

 @biokrysty Wat? Mirror's Edge was phenomenal mechanically, but one of the big places it fell on its face was the writing. Hardly sounds like a good thing to me.

RealFabioSooner
RealFabioSooner

 @FallenOneX That just goes to show how shallow all the "good intentions" about gender roles and the politically correct mentality actually are. It's all smoke and mirrors. These PC people are simply utterly incapable of critical thinking. They just see *who* is talking and follow the most basic equation: "men writing a rape attempt scene = sexism, women writing a rape attempt scene = empowerment". A very postmodern version of the old ad hominem fallacy, indeed.

KFHEWUI
KFHEWUI

 @chicosexypr  The problem I have with it is that Core has already covered this topic. The Last Revelation reveals that her mentor was Professor Werner Von Croy (CD claims they will show her mentor in this reboot) whom she went on an archaeology expedition one summer when she was a teenager, and Werner von Croy taught her what she knows.

 

Tomb Raider reveals that Lara become an explorer/archaeologist after an incident when she was 21, and her plane crashed in the Himalayas. This would be a good part to explore except the reboot takes place when she is 21 and on a shipwrecked island (which is one of the numerous plot holes that CD has created). The Last Revelation shows that Lara was always a spunky girl with an attitude instead of a wimp and a coward like Crystal Dynamics is saying in this reboot.

 

Also worth mentioning that Chronicles also covered another adventure Lara went on when she was teenager. CD has done a good job of ruining the series, and they have pretty thrown the original storyline by Core out the window. There are numerous plot holes thanks to Crystal Dynamics poor writing of the series.

R2BDSi
R2BDSi

 @Inconsistancy I thought the music was amazing, and the concept was awsome. But the game got really shallow after beating it.

resident_jisen
resident_jisen

 @RealFabioSooner you thats true one som many levels. man write a nude scene in a movie and it`s looked at the wrong way.if the same scene was done by a women it is done the right way.you know when the world is going wrong when you see a new form of sexism.

 

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

 @RealFabioSooner Feminists are really out there these days. They're not striving for equality - they're essentially a female superiority group now.

KFHEWUI
KFHEWUI

 @PrpleTrtleBuBum  Actually Eidos also played a huge part. They forced Core to release an unfinished game thanks to greed. Angel of Darkness could have been good, but the game was rushed out and unfinished.

 

Since Core made a new TR game each year on the PS1, Eidos expected Core to continued this cycle on the PS2 which is clearly unrealistic.