Crystal Dynamics has announced that Rhianna Pratchett, lead writer of the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider and the 2015 sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, “is off to pursue new adventures apart from Tomb Raider.”
— Tomb Raider (@tombraider) January 3, 2017
Pratchett had similarly toned messages that thanks, Crystal Dynamics for their dedication.
I also want to thank TR's terrific fan community. You really are the best in the world. Constantly helping me remember why I do this job.
— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) January 3, 2017
Overall, it seems like the two parties parted on good terms but does throw into question, what next for Lara Croft? Whether Crystal Dynamics will bring in someone new or will instead turn to the talents of lead narrative designer John Stafford, narrative designer Cameron Suey, or additional writer Philip Gelatt remains to be seen.
For those not familiar with Rhianna Pratchett, she is the daughter of Discworld author Terry Pratchett. She has previously worked on games like the original Mirror’s Edge.