Lara Croft rebooted because she was 'losing some relevance,' says dev
- Posted July 18th, 2011 at 16:56 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 6 Comments
Tomb Raider had to be rebooted as heroine Lara Croft was ‘losing some relevance in the gaming world,’ says Karl Stewart, brand manager at Crystal Dynamics.
Speaking to RPS, Stewart said that the time was right to steer Miss Croft back to her roots, though admitted Crystal Dynamics had a swell time working with the series on the past three games.
“I think Lara’s a beloved character and Crystal has really enjoyed their time they’ve been able to spend with her,” he said.
“We felt she was losing some relevance in the gaming world, that she was a little too hard and removed. We wanted to make her more approachable and relatable. I think this was a perfect time for us to reimagine the franchise, taking Lara back to her roots.
“I think it’s growing to be a great way for players to learn to reknow who Lara is, retell her story.”
He also spoke of the development team’s ambitions for the new-look Croft, saying they wanted to create a character who gamers could relate to, and one who ‘wasn’t perfect.’
“I think she became an icon. When you do, you remove yourself from relatability. We wanted to bring her to a place where she didn’t have all those skills, she wasn’t perfect. The modern gamer can relate to that, they want a complex hero,” explained Stewart.
“I think Lara had done all the growing she could. We’d taken her to a great place, to somewhere she had some closure. There weren’t really many more stories we could have told. So we feel like with this new place we have fertile ground and there’s a lot of places we can go.”
Tomb Raider is pencilled in for release in fall 2012 for PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360.
AaronSOLDIER | AaronSOLDIER
- 12:18pm EDT - July 18th, 2011
aka we want to milk this franchise for as long as we can.
DreDayDetox | That's for me to know and you to find out.
- 12:38pm EDT - July 18th, 2011
I would love to have anal sex with lara croft rofl
- 1:29pm EDT - July 18th, 2011
@2 - lmao.... okay.
@1 - I don't think it's about milking it. I think the idea of a reboot makes a lot of sense... because they can throw out what people expect from a franchise and experiment with new ideas and craft a (hopefully) stronger narative and game.
- 4:11pm EDT - July 18th, 2011
although this game is looking good and im going to get it anyway the character isnt lara croft but some little girl thats seems to be scared of every little thing who gives a f$*k if classic lara wasnt scared of $h!t thats what made her unique and not some normal human being that you'd see in real life.
- 6:03pm EDT - July 19th, 2011
Lara wasn't losing her relevance, she did lose her relevance ever since PS1 era and Uncharted just made it worst for her
- 10:38am EDT - July 23rd, 2011
So far, Miss Croft still looks irrelevant, it was okay back in the day but PLEASE let this girl die already,Kill the franchise and start something new,the wankers already have enough of what they want.
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