It’s a fact that Crystal Dynamics has taken a drastically different approach with the Tomb Raider reboot. What seems to be up for debate is whether or not the upcoming action game contains a scene depicting attempted rape.
Kotaku reported on Monday that Tomb Raider producer Ron Rosenberg made a comment during E3 that Lara Croft will be in danger of being raped in a specific scene in the game.
Predictably, the internet didn’t take too kindly to this information.
In what is maybe an attempt to backtrack, Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher released a statement on the game’s website Wednesday where he claims “Sexual assault of any kind is categorically not a theme that we cover in this game.”
As a response, Kotaku posted a direct transcript of part of the conversation that occurred between the Kotaku writer and Rosenberg:
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.
Perhaps Rosenberg was misinformed. Maybe Crystal Dynamics just doesn’t want negative publicity so far prior to Tomb Raider‘s release.
If Tomb Raider does have an attempted rape scene, will that turn you off of the game completely? Is anyone else shocked that they’ve taken the rebooted Lara Croft to these extreme levels?
Be sure to let us know in the comments below.