Crystal Dynamics is currently working on the newest Tomb Raider game which was unveiled at E3 this year and I must admit that this is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best looking Tomb Raider games I’ve ever seen. Plenty of action, mature rated themes, this game isn’t for your average video gamer. Oh and of course now there is speculation of a rape scene that has the community up in arms.
Crystal Dynamics have denied such accusations and said their game features an “attempted rape scene”, which essentially goes against what they said before in an interview with Kotaku.
The article in question was posted this past Monday and Darrell Gallagher, Studio Head over at Crystal Dynamics, addressed all of the concern being focused on the game. In a short statement he said,
“There is no rape attempt against Tomb Raider hero Lara Croft in the scene shown in the “Crossroads” trailer. One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game, which has incorrectly been referred to as an ‘attempted rape’ scene is the content we showed at this year’s E3 and which over a million people have now seen in our recent trailer entitled ‘Crossroads’,”
He went on further to say,
“This is where Lara is forced to kill another human for the first time. In this particular selection, 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 categorically not a theme that we cover in this game.”
Now I am no public relations specialist but one would have to think this might impact the sales of the game and certainly the face value of the company going forward. The clarification contradicts a statement made by Ron Rosenberg, Crystal Dynamics Executive Producer to Kotaku last week. Here’s the relevant transcript from that interview.
RON: “And then what happens is her best friend gets kidnapped, she gets taken prisoner by scavengers on the island. They try to rape her, and-“
KOTAKU: “They try to rape her?
RON: “She’s literally turned into a cornered animal. And that’s a huge step in her evolution: she’s either forced to fight back or die and that’s what we’re showing today.”“
Stay tuned to OnlySP for more details as they develop and as always let us know what you think below. Have you seen the “crossroads” trailer?