Livingstone Comments on Tomb Raider Controversy, “Blown out of Proportion”

June 27, 2012 Written by Alex Osborn

Ian Livingstone, president at Eidos, recently spoke out on the controversy surrounding the alleged sexual undercurrents in Tomb Raider, claiming that they have been “blown out of proportion.”

Speaking at the GameHorizon conference in Newcastle (via Edge), Livingstone explained that the comments formerly made by executive producer Ron Rosenberg regarding Lara’s vulnerabilities within the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot came from a “live interview that went slightly wrong. Quotes were misinterpreted and blown out of proportion.”

Livingstone went on to add:

I think about my responsibility as a developer – films can deal with these themes, but it’s different in games when the user controls the action. We should be celebrating what’s great about the game. I guarantee fans will be delighted with the new Tomb Raider.

What do you think? Was the sexually suggestive section of the Tomb Raider E3 demo going too far, or has this whole thing been “blown out of proportion?” Are games ready to tackle mature topics like sexual assault? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below.