Crystal Dynamics confirms that writer Rhianna Pratchett is leaving the studio to pursue “new adventures.” On Twitter, Pratchett thanks Tomb Raider fans, also saying that during her time at the developer, she and Crystal Dynamics may have “shifted the gaming landscape.”
Pratchett was the lead writer on the Tomb Raider series reboot, Tomb Raider (2013) as well as its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Additionally, the writer is known for her work on Mirror’s Edge and is also outspoken in her calls for better representation of male and female characters in games.
Tomb Raider Writer Rhianna Pratchett to Pursue ‘New Adventures’
— Tomb Raider (@tombraider) January 3, 2017
In a post on the official Tomb Raider account, Crystal Dynamics thanks Pratchett for her “dedication” and “tireless efforts” on the Tomb Raider games. The developers also says that the writer was “instrumental in helping us find Lara’s voice in the 2013 origin story, and through Rise of the Tomb Raider she shaped Lara into the evolving heroine we know today.”
On her own Twitter page, Pratchett, who has won both a DICE award and a Writers Guild of America Award for her work on Rise of the Tomb Raider, thanks the Crystal Dynamics team for its dedication and bids “a fond farewell to Lara” as she goes “onwards to new adventures.” One of these new adventures is writing for indie platforming video game, Lost Words.
Pratchett’s departure from Crystal Dynamics will no doubt be disappointing to those who have enjoyed her work on the franchise – work which also included writing several Tomb Raider comics. Many Tomb Raider fans have said that Pratchett’s writing, and the way that Lara Croft’s origin story has unfolded, have helped them fall in love with the iconic female character all over again.
As such, many fans are also eager to know whether Pratchett also wrote the story for (the rumored, next game in the series) Shadow of the Tomb Raider. With Shadow of the Tomb Raider not yet officially announced, it could be some time until Crystal Dynamics reveals who is penning the game’s story, but gamers will have their fingers crossed that the (reportedly) in-development game will serve as Pratchett’s proper goodbye.