Rhianna Pratchett talks Lara Croft reboot for new Tomb Raider game
Lara Croft’s fate has been put into the hands of a former Cheddar Valley resident.
Tomb Raider is getting a rare computer game reboot and Rhianna Pratchett was tasked with writing chores for the game which came out on Tuesday.
Her name gives away her famous lineage – she is the daughter of Discworld author Sir Terry. Others might remember her from her am-dram days with Cheddar Stage Society when her father worked as a press officer for the Central Electricity Generating Board and lived in a little cottage in Rowberrow.
Ms Pratchett, 36, hopes to puncture the uber-femme reputation of Lara Croft and replace it with something more human by taking a fresh-faced adventurer straight out of university and stranding her on a desert island.
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She said: “Lara’s a very strong woman, she’s very confident, she’s very brave, she’s very resourceful. But we wanted to go back to a time when those traits were below the surface.
“She didn’t have the guns, the gadgets, the answers and the money to get herself out of various situations.
“She’s not the Teflon Lara of old where nothing would stick to her and she could get herself out of any situation. It’s really toe to toe here, she’s fighting for survival.”
Although he now lives in Wiltshire, Terry gave Axbridge a mention in his 2012 book Dodger.
He occasionally returns to Somerset to help East Huntspill animal sanctuary Secret World and got involved in two big events.
Terry launched an appeal to build a £4.4 million wildlife hospital and doubled the reward money to £20,000 after many swans were shot by Westham, near Wedmore, in March 2011.
His daughter is tentatively following in his footsteps. She is tasked with adapting a TV series called The Watch based on Terry’s Discworld novels.
Her biggest computer game titles include Heavenly Sword and Mirror’s Edge, both using female protagonists.