Tomb Raider reboot lead writer Rhianna Pratchett has decided to move on from the series following the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration. Pratchett handled the writing duties on Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider while at Crystal Dynamics. Rise of the Tomb Raider won the Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing at the 2016 Writers Guild of America Awards and the Outstanding Achievement in Character at the DICE Awards last year.
"So, I'm packing up my climbing axe plus a little venison jerky for the road, and bidding a fond farewell to Lara. Onwards to new adventures," said Pratchett on her own Twitter account. "I want to thank the Crystal Dynamics team for their dedication. I like to think we did some good things. Maybe shifted the gaming landscape a wee bit. And that feels damn good."
"Rhianna was instrumental in helping us find Lara's voice in the 2013 origin story, and through Rise of the Tomb Raider she shaped Lara into the evolving heroine we know today," said Crystal Dynamics in a tweet about the departure. "The entire team thanks Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on the games. Please join us in wishing Rhianna the absolute best in her next adventure."
The next Tomb Raider title is rumored to be Shadow of the Tomb Raider, developed by Square Enix Montreal. There's no word on Pratchett's next career move yet.