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Rise of the Tomb Raider lead writer Rhianna Pratchett departs from series

Rhianna Pratchett was an instrumental part of setting the tone for the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot (opens in new tab) and the 2015 sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider (opens in new tab), transforming Lara Croft from a perfect, posh aristocrat into a more grounded human being with flaws and scars. Along with Gail Simone, she also helped weave Lara Croft's tale across a series of comic books, published by Dark Horse. But today, Pratchett and developer Crystal Dynamics announced they would be parting ways.

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Over on her Twitter (opens in new tab) page, Pratchett thanks Crystal Dynamics for their dedication, specifically narrative director John Stafford, fellow Rise of the Tomb Raider writer Cameron Suey, and Tomb Raider 2013 creative director Noah Hughes. She also thanks the Tomb Raider fan community, saying they were "constantly helping me remember why I do this job." She did not elaborate what her next project will be.

As for Lara, a laptop spotted on a Montreal subway train back in October would suggest her next adventure is coming along swiftly (opens in new tab).

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