It didn't take long for gamer ire to explode after the news that Lara Croft will face the risk of rape in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.
But developer Crystal Dynamics has been quick to respond to the backlash. Studio boss Darrell Gallagher issued a few clarifying statements that should help to appease the offended and disgruntled fans. Gallagher basically says executive producer Ron Rosenberg's comments were unfortunately "misunderstood."
"In making this Tomb Raider origins story, our aim was to take Lara Croft on an exploration of what makes her the character she embodies in later Tomb Raider games. One of the character-defining moments for Lara in the game, which has been incorrect referred to as an 'attempted rape scene' is the content we showed at this year's E3. 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.
Sexual assault of any kind is not a theme that we cover in this game. We're sorry that this has not been better explained. We'll certainly be more careful with what is said in [the] future."
We're willing to accept that and are once again a little surprised at the venom-laced gamer reaction. I've got some comments on the matter but I'll be even more careful than Crystal Dynamics in choosing my words; it seems that these days, one has to be "crystal" clear in order not to be "misunderstood." …I won't run any risk of that, I assure you. 😉
Related Game(s): Tomb Raider