New Tomb Raider game doesn't have a rape scene, says developers

Developer Crystal Dynamics showed off a new build of their upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise during E3 2012 this past week. The game, which is now scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2013, features a 21 year old version of the action-adventure series' lead character Lara Croft on her first big adventure as her ship crashes on an island.

However, in an article posted at Kotaku on Monday, based on an E3 2012 interview last week, one of the game's development team members said that Lara Croft would be forced to fend off island scavengers. It also claims that Tomb Raider's executive producer Ron Rosenberg said during that interview that the scavengers would also attempt to rape Lara Croft, although he is not directly quoted on that statement. He is quoted as saying, "She is literally turned into a cornered animal. It's a huge step in her evolution: she's forced to either fight back or die."

The idea that a Tomb Raider game would have some kind of attempted rape scene naturally sent the Internet in a tailspin. Today, the official Tomb Raider website has posted a statement from Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher, where he flat out denies there is any attempted rape scene in the game.

Gallagher says in his statement:

In this particular selection, while there is a threatening undertone in the sequence and surrounding drama, it never goes any further than the scenes that we have already shown publicly. Sexual assault of any kind is categorically not a theme that we cover in this game.

Meanwhile, Kotaku is trying to defend itself. It has now posted the full transcript of that E3 2012 interview, where it quotes Rosenberg as saying, "They try to rape her ..."

Source: Tomb Raider web site | Image via Square Enix

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"She is literally turned into a cornered animal. It's a huge step in her evolution: she's forced to either fight back or die."

How did anyone get rape from that?

Skyfrog said,
"She is literally turned into a cornered animal. It's a huge step in her evolution: she's forced to either fight back or die."

How did anyone get rape from that?

According to Kotaku, Rosenberg said it:

RON: "And then what happens is her best friend gets kidnapped, she gets taken prisoner by scavengers on the island. They try to rape her, and-"

KOTAKU: "They try to rape her?"

RON: "She's literally turned into a cornered animal. And that's a huge step in her evolution: she's either forced to fight back or die and that's what we're showing today."

http://kotaku.com/5918193/tomb...-as-an-attempted-rape-scene

Skyfrog said,
"She is literally turned into a cornered animal. It's a huge step in her evolution: she's forced to either fight back or die."

How did anyone get rape from that?

Well, lets be honest and not try to sugar coat the world we live in. If a good looking chick was captured by scavengers odds are one of two or both things will happen. 1, they'll rape her toss in some beating in the process so she doesn't fight back and/or 2, they'll just flat out kill her.

If you guys want some realism in your games then the above is the sad truth. I mean it's nothing new in media, I'm sure books have used it, and movies as well. If it's used in a game it's somehow very very bad but if it's in book or movie it's what? Creative freedom?

I have to say, that would be seriously ****ing awkward to watch during a game.

To be fair, I don't think a game's done it yet, so in terms of maturity of the industry it'd work well in CD's favour. But yeah, aaaaaawkward.

The Teej said,
I have to say, that would be seriously ****ing awkward to watch during a game.

To be fair, I don't think a game's done it yet, so in terms of maturity of the industry it'd work well in CD's favour. But yeah, aaaaaawkward.


Depends.. the E3 Trailer showed what could be considered sexual assault/attempted rape, which then has her knee him in the balls and blow his head off with a gun..

Who cares ? If they try to rape her, she'll kick em in the balls then kill em.. If not, she'll just kill em..

The things people chose to care about.. Killing, mutilating, torture.. fine.. Sexual assault, WAIT JUST A MINUTE...

Ryoken said,
Who cares ? If they try to rape her, she'll kick em in the balls then kill em.. If not, she'll just kill em..

The things people chose to care about.. Killing, mutilating, torture.. fine.. Sexual assault, WAIT JUST A MINUTE...

So true, I guess to an extent it depends on the market, extreme violence is fine it seems in the US where they're gun crazy . In Europe they seem to care about the violence level and not so much the sexual stuff, or at least from what I've seen anyways. As far as Asia, well, we all know how Japan can get when it comes to sex and games.