Tomb Raider writer not thinking "ahead of the current project"

But that doesn't mean it doesn't have a future

TEDx Transmedia had a Q&A session with Tomb Raider's lead writer Rhianna Pratchett, where Pratchett revealed that she isn't looking too far into the future of Tomb Raider.


This new Tomb Raider reboot has caused mountains of controversy long before its release, and in turn has many people waiting with bated breath for when they can get their hands on the game.

It's not a far fetched notion that many people expect this reboot to be the beginning of a new Tomb Raider franchise, but as lead writer Rhianna Pratchett explains, "it's probably a bit too soon to say what I want to do with the franchise. I can't really think further ahead than the current project."

Pratchett isn't dismissing the future of the franchise, but is simply not thinking much about it while she is working on this project.

Pratchett was the writer behind Faith in Mirror's Edge, and Nariko in Heavenly Sword, and explains that the experience of re-writing Lara Croft was "a wonderful opportunity to get my hands on the first lady of action gaming."

She goes on to explain that the experience has been both "very rewarding, but also a little nerve-wracking at the same time. How often to you get the chance to go back and re-write history without the aid of a souped-up DeLorean?"

Pratchett was of course questioned about the state of female characters in video games, and unsurprisingly, she explains, "as a whole, it's not great. But then neither is the representation of non-white characters, or gay characters or, in fact, any character who isn't white, male, mid-20s and gravelly voiced. The games industry has a lot of work to do as far as character diversity and representation is concerned."

You can read the interview in full at TEDx Transmedia, where you can discover the geekiest item Pratchett owns, her pet peeve in games writing, and her passions outside of writing.