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Tomb Raider reboot screenwriter admits she didn’t want to talk about Lara’s father

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Rhianna Pratchett, lead writer of Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider, said she wished there wasn’t so much focus on Lara Croft’s father in the story. Pratchett has been candid about her role in the Tomb Raider reboot series, noting that most of the major plot twists were set before she was hired. In many ways, it was a product of the time, as many studios did not have screenwriters on staff and instead relied on freelancers.

Throughout the history of the franchise, the importance of Lara’s father, Richard Croft (once known as Henshingly Croft), has been fluid. In earlier incarnations, he simply served as the inspiration for the actions of his daughter. This is more fully explored in the relaunch developed by Crystal Dynamics, where the shadow of Richard’s past defines many of his daughter’s motivations. However, the community still believes that the man who inspired Lara with his exploits (and made a lot of money on them) deserves much more attention.

With the trilogy completed under Crystal Dynamics, the studio plans to merge the rebooted Tomb Raider series with the original games. How exactly this will work is currently a mystery, but both versions of Lara’s story allow the developers to reveal Richard Croft, through whose actions the “merger” can occur. Let’s hope that the chosen direction for the first time in a long time will not allow it to fade into the background.

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