Crystal Dynamics, the developer behind the upcoming Tomb Raider game that reboots the whole series, has revealed that the heroine, Lara Croft, went through several iterations before her new look was completed and she'll begin a new series of adventures with the fresh title.
The new Tomb Raider is set to completely overhaul the long-running franchise, opting to focus more on survival and adventure instead of actual raiding of tombs.
The main character, Lara Croft, has also been overhauled, as she's no longer the sarcastic sex symbol she once was. Instead, there's now a younger and much less sexualized character who'll experience a coming of age story in the upcoming title.
According to Crystal Dynamics' Brian Horton, the new design for Lara Croft went through multiple stages and really impressed people because it didn't feature any sexualized aspects.
"We went through many iterations," Horton told CVG.
"We had our first concept, that nailed that look, focus tested. What we found was people recognized her as Lara Croft but at the same time they weren't fixated on some of her more, uh... traditional attributes I should say? They were staring at her eyes and thinking 'I want to know that girl'. That's when we knew we had the right formula."
What's more, Crystal Dynamics is already envisioning the upcoming Tomb Raider as the start of a brand new series of adventures and stories for Lara Croft and the studio hopes that, if fans like the game, it can make new installments and drive the plot forward.
"Our goal for this re-imagining is to set her off on a whole new quest. These are all going to be new stories, new adventures and this is just the beginning of a whole new set of stories and videogames for Lara, hopefully, if we're fortunate enough for people to like it."
Tomb Raider is out on March 5, for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.