Saturday, July 14, 2012

Rhianna Pratchett Announced as Lead Writer

Rhi has been secretly and diligently working on the story behind the new Tomb Raider for over two years. I am pretty excited to hear she is adding Tomb Raider to her astounding repertoire of games.

From the official statement:

“Rhianna has been working on the game with the narrative from its early inception,” said head of studio Darrell Gallagher. “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.”

English-born Pratchett began her career in the industry as a games journalist. Eventually she shifted focus to creating narratives for games themselves, including notable work on Overlord, Mirror’s Edge, and Heavenly Sword. Since then, she’s received numerous nominations and awards for her work, including a BAFTA nod for Story and Character, and Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Videogame Script.

“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,” said Rhianna Pratchett, lead writer of Tomb Raider. “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.”