Darrell Gallagher, Studio Head of Crystal Dynamics has listed a statement on the official Tomb Raider site about the E3 trailer and attempted sexual assault that has been discussed in many blogs/sites (Kotaku, Mary Sue, here on GamingAngels…on and on).
In Making this Tomb Raider origins story our aim was to take Lara Croft on an exploration of what makes her the character she embodies in later Tomb Raider Games. One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game, which has incorrectly been reffered to as an ‘attempted rape’ scene is the content we showed at this year’s E3 and which over a million people have now seen in our recent trailer entitled ‘Crossroads’. This is where 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 would cover in this game”
The studio head then goes on to say that “We’re sorry this has not been better explained, we’ll certainly be more careful with what is said in the future”.
Turns out what we saw, we didn’t see. What was said by Executive Producer Ron Rosenberg to Kotaku was not said.