Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the pen and paper game Cyberpunk 2020, is also the co-creator of Cyberpunk 2077. Mike is very passionate about the world of Cyberpunk and believes that CD Projekt Red is the team to bring his world to the big screen. Instead of the normal premise of machine vs. humanity, Cyberpunk focuses on what humanity does with the latest technological advances.
I must admit I was surprised to see that Mike was black. It’s not often that you see us dabbling in science fiction. For many of us science fiction, comics, and video games are still a taboo within our culture. We aren’t always free to nerd it up with our peers but it is good to see that Mike has rejected the status quo and brought his vision to life.
Here is something that is going to go overlooked about Tomb Raider; a female lead writer. Rhianna Pratchett is the lead writer and the one at the controls of Lara’s origin story. You could say that it takes a woman to write about a woman, but Rhianna says it’s all about the storytelling. The team has also paid attention to the in-game dialogue, focusing on more natural conversation and leaving out the “gamey” lines that you might hear in your average video game. Crystal Dynamics is hoping to join the ranks of companies like Quanitc Dream in pushing story and character development over the standard appeal of video games.
Crystal Dynamics is creating a new vision of Lara Croft with the Tomb Raider reboot. Instead of a female Indiana Jones, Lara is an unexperienced rookie. Shipwrecked and stranded, we will experience her origin story and what it takes to become a legend. In this video we meet Camilia Luddington, the new Lara Croft. With character development at the focus of the video, Zac manages to ask Camilia the important question:
Is Lara Croft a video game icon? A sex symbol?
Because when you boil it all down it is the only question that matters. Don’t worry about Camilla Luddington or the new Lara Croft. Nor pay attention to the new motion capture technology that allows Camilia to accurately portray Lara’s first adventure. It’s all about being a sex symbol…and shorts (sigh)