‘Tomb Raider’ Creator Reveals The Truth Behind The Naked Lara Croft Myth

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It was solely after the large success of the unique Tomb Raider that the publishers had the genius concept of utilizing sleazy exploitative means to realize what they’d already achieved organically. Toby Gard, the creator of Lara Croft did not like the way in which issues have been going for the character and determined to depart the collection, solely returning a few years later for Tomb Raider: Legend. Within the meantime, Tomb Raider‘s promotional supplies started to look much less like simply cool variations of this:

Embracer, Raiding the globe

And began together with increasingly more of this:

Sexy post Tomb Raider 1 promo art

Embracer, Raiding the globe

She’s not even carrying weapons!

Arduous to disregard the correlation, proper? On high of that, Gard then gave a now-deleted interview the place he claims that the primary particular person to dream about the potential of Lara going bare in a recreation was his firm’s very personal boss – as a result of he allegedly pressured Gard into placing it within the recreation.

Embracer, Raiding the globe

A render probably modeled after Gard’s boss look as he requested to incorporate a unadorned Lara within the code.

This makes it very onerous to imagine that the notorious mod was something aside from an inside job (yeah, we have mentioned it) meant to promote extra copies of the sport (or most likely for the enjoyment of Gard’s boss). Both approach, the saddest a part of all of it is how the messed-up historical past behind the event of the Tomb Raider collection is, a lot extra attention-grabbing than any thriller ever uncovered by Lara Herself – besides maybe for the one about her being the villain the complete time.

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