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.

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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.
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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