Rhianna Pratchett departs “Tomb Raider” franchise

Crystal Dynamics has announced that lead writer for the 2013 “Tomb Raider” reboot and the recent “Rise of the Tomb Raider”, Rhianna Pratchett, has left the company.

The daughter of fantasy Terry Pratchett, she was awarded by the Writers Guild of America for her work on the games sequel, another at the D.I.C.E. Awards 2016, and was nominated by Writer’s Guild of Great Britain for the original 2013 reboot.

CRYSTAL DYNAMICS: “Rhianna is off to pursue new adventures separate from the Tomb Raider franchise,” they wrote in a statement. “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.”

PRATCHETT: “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 Crystal Dynamics team for their dedication especially Josh Stafford, Cameron Suey, and Noah Hughes. 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.”

Pratchett’s has also worked on “Heavenly Sword”, “Mirror’s Edge”, the “Prince of Persia” 2008 reboot, “Overlord”, the “Thief” 2014 reboot, and “BioShock Infinite”.

Pratchett is currently working on a film adaptation of her father’s “The Wee Free Men” with the Jim Henson Company.

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