New Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft Not Intended as Sex Object

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The younger, firmer Lara Croft you’ll play as in the new, grittier Tomb Raider from developers Crystal dynamics won’t be needlessly sexed up for the sake of pubescent boys, and that her sex appeal will come through her characterisation.

“There is a different tone we are going for across the board, and Lara Croft as a sex object isn’t our goal,” Crystal Dynamics’ art director Brian Horton told GameInformer.

“As far as sex appeal, we are always thinking about making a character that people want to play, and part of that is a level of attractiveness and being drawn to Lara,” he said.

“But we don’t want to play up sexuality for sexualities sake. We are constantly talking about context and motivation on this project. If for any reason we wanted to put her in a situation that would be alluring, it isn’t to be alluring. It would be because the situation called for it.” “Lara is a lover of archeology and she has these book smarts. Her brains are another huge part of her sex appeal. She is an attractive girl who doesn’t play up her looks, but she is super smart and she is very ambitious.”

“Ultimately, what I think is going to be compelling about this – and what our version of sexy is – is the toughness through adverse conditions,” he said. “Seeing her survive through these moments. Her skin is still bare on the arms and there are going to be rips and tears on her clothes, but it won’t be about being revealing. It’s a way of saying that through these tough situations, there is a beauty and vulnerability coming through. I think that is sexy in its own way.”

This does go some way in explaining her much more realistic, smaller assets that we’ve seen in artwork so far; and it’s a decision I’m happy with. I don’t play games to get my carnal jollies, and I’d much rather play a compelling game than stare at a well rendered pair of digital tits. No really, I would! Seriously. Guys! Guuuuys? Don’t go….

GameInformer has a pretty comprehensive interview with Crystal Dynamics, telling you all you need to know about the tomb Raider origin story, which your really ought to read. you can do so here.

Last Updated: December 10, 2010

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