Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics made the bold decision to reboot the long-running and iconic
Tomb Raider franchise back in 2013, and the move was a huge success. Their self-titled Tomb Raider reboot was a critically-acclaimed hit, and its successor, Rise of the Tomb Raider, has also been very well received. Unfortunately, the renewed series just lost a key piece of its development team.
Rhianna Pratchett served as the Lead Writer on both the
Tomb Raider reboot and Rise of the Tomb Raider, but her time at Crystal Dynamics has come to an end. In a series of tweets, Pratchett announced her departure from the studio and thanked her fans and co-workers for their support.
“So, I’m packing up my climbing axe plus a little venison jerky for the road, and bidding a fond farewell to Lara. Onwards to new adventures! I want to thank the @CrystalDynamics team for their dedication esp. @jstafford @josefkstories & @noahmhughes. Guys, it’s been emotional. But, I like to think we did some good things. Maybe shifted the gaming landscape a wee bit. And that feels damn good. I also want to thank TR’s terrific fan community. You really are the best in the world. Constantly helping me remember why I do this job.”
— Rhianna Pratchett
Following Pratchett’s Twitter announcement, the official
Tomb Raider tumblr issued their own statement, thanking her for her hard work and wishing her well in her future endeavors.
“Crystal Dynamics and Rhianna Pratchett are announcing today that Rhianna is off to pursue new adventures separate from the Tomb Raider franchise. Rhianna 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. The entire team thanks Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on the games. Please join us in wishing Rhianna the absolute best in her next adventure.”
— Crystal Dynamics
It’s unclear what Pratchett intends to do next (and her LinkedIn profile unfortunately doesn’t provide any clues), but we look forward to seeing whatever it ends up being.