When Tomb Raider was rebooted in 2013, the game was on the receiving end a lot of praise, and much of that was for the story and the re-imagining of Lara Croft, portrayed therein as a more modern, more believable character.
Much of the credit for the transformation goes to the lead writer Rhianna Pratchett. She was also the lead writer on last year's Rise of the Tomb Raider, and if you're looking forward to seeing where the evolution of the character will go next, today's news may well disappoint you. Here's what was written in a post by Crystal Dynamics:
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.
Pratchett has also confirmed that she's leaving the Tomb Raider franchise, saying: "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!"
While we wish her the very best in the future, we still have one question: does this mean that she's not writing the leaked Shadow of the Tomb Raider, or does it mean that the script is already done?