While the forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot will see protagonist Lara Croft taking a battering during the opening stages of the game, she’ll become a more confident character during the latter stages of the campaign.
Speaking to Eurogamer at gamescom, brand manager Karl Stewart explained:
You’ll see a side to Lara that everyone’s been waiting for. As she comes out the other side she’s stronger for it. It’s not purposefully going out of the way to break her down mentally – she’d never become the person we want her to. Every single twist or turn makes you feel like we’re setting up motivation for her to become the character we want.
Stewart added that developer Crystal Dynamics is “trying to bring a specific emotion” during the start of the game, which is where players will “kill or be killed”.
She will be set up for the future. but she still won’t be like the Lara at beginning of Lara Croft 1.
Regarding a Tomb Raider executive saying Lara would be raped during a certain scene in the reboot, “nothing whatsoever” has been changed in the title since the controversy.
What I would say is – play it. We’re trying to bring a specific emotion to the forefront where it becomes ‘kill or be killed’.
Tomb Raider is due for a worldwide release on March 5th, 2013.