Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett leaves the game’s developing studio, Crystal Dynamics.
Time goes on and with it comes change. An employee leaving the care of the company they worked so hard on is no news, yet it often leaves fans devastated. It’s that feeling that the news of Rhianna Pratchett’s distancing from Crystal Dynamics left on Lara Croft fans.
Rhianna, daughter of the late writer Terry Pratchett, has nothing in common with the Caribbean singer of a similar name, as she has been working in the video game industry for over a decade. Her most recent and notable work is the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, which garnered critical acclaim and turned out to be a huge commercial success. However, her work with Crystal Dynamics (a subsidiary of Square Enix) was not the first time the British writer achieved success within the industry.
Pratchett started playing video games at a very young age and later pursued her passion for the industry through journalism, writing for outlets such as PC Zone and The Guardian. Her first job as a developer was as a story editor for the 2004 RPG Beyond Divinity, for which she also wrote a companion novel. Three years later, her contribution to Ninja Theory’s Heavenly Sword guaranteed the game a nomination at the BAFTA awards. The same year, Rhianna’s work in Overlord granted her the “Best Videogame Script” award from the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain.
Throughout the years Pratchett has worked in numerous other games and companion novels and comic books, including subsequent entries in the Overlord franchise, the popular first-person parkour game Mirror’s Edge, additional writing for the critically acclaimed BioShock Infinite, and the position of lead writer for 2013’s Tomb Raider. She reprised her role in 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider and also served as the story and cinematic writer for 2014’s Thief.
Tomb Raider went on to redefine one of the most iconic characters in video game history, then winning several awards including Best Action Game from IGN, Coolest Character Reinvention from GamesRadar, and Most Valuable Game Award from both the official PlayStation and XBox magazines. There’s no saying what the future holds for Rhianna Pritchett, but we from MMOExaminer wish her all the best and that she may continue to inspire younger writers.