Studio head emphasizes that there is no attempted rape scene
Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher has released a statement to clarify and apologize for certain statements made to the press about Tomb Raider during E3 this year. The statements, which were made during an interview between CD executive producer Ron Rosenberg and Kotaku writer Jason Schreier, sparked outrage among readers. In particular, fan outcry peaked at this statement:
“She literally goes from zero to hero… we’re sort of building her up and just when she gets confident, we break her down again”, [said Rosenberg].
In the new Tomb Raider, Lara Croft will suffer. Her best friend will be kidnapped. She’ll get taken prisoner by island scavengers. And then, Rosenberg says, those scavengers will try to rape her.
In his release, Gallagher emphasizes that there is no attempted rape scene that goes beyond what is shown in the Crossroads trailer shown above. He also said, “Sexual assault of any kind is categorically not a theme that we cover in this game.”
He further explained the progression of the trailer as a huge character defining moment for the famous adventurer, “This is where Lara is forced to kill another human for the first time. In this particular section, while there is a threatening undertone in the sequence and surrounding drama, it never goes any further than the scenes that we have already shown publicly.”
The upcoming origin story for one of gaming’s most iconic female protagonists will be published by Square Enix and is scheduled to release next year.
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