Tomb Raider lead writer revealed as Rhianna Pratchett

In an announcement today, Square Enix revealed that the lead writer on the upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider series is none other than Rhianna Pratchett, the writer of Mirror's Edge, Prince of Persia (2008) and Overlord.

“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 Pratchett. “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.”

Science fiction fans may also know Rhianna Pratchett as the daughter of legendary sci-fi writer Terry Pratchett. 

Pratchett is said to have been involved in the design of Tomb Raider's narrative since early in the development process, and as such has had a large hand in shaping the direction of the project.

She will also be headlining two panels at the San Diego Comic Con so we'll hopefully learn more about the game, her involvement, and how she's helped shape the project over the coming weekend.

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  • Balaska - July 12, 2012 10:55 p.m.

    Rhianna writes movies scripts as well. Terry Pratchett has written 2 scifi books, but about 50 fantasy books. Sir Terry isn't a sci fi writer. C'mon Andrew make sure you do your research.
  • Crypto140 - July 12, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    I loved Overlord, I once called in sick and played the game for 4 hours straight to play it(I would have played longer but I got the RROD, probably from playing it for more than 4 hours the day before), this has peaked my interest in this game even more.
  • Cyberhero18 - July 12, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    Huge fan of hers after Mirror's Edge which doesn't get nearly enough praise by anyone other than GR. The fact that she's played Tomb Raider games makes it even better. The game's story couldn't be in better hands. The down side? It makes the March 2013 release seem like even further away...ugh!
  • Jordanonfire - July 12, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    Saw her name, instantly thought to myself "wonder if she's related to Terry Pratchett?" Had no idea his daughter wrote for video games, that's awesome.

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