Tomb Raider Reboot Was Called Cryptids And Starred "Sarah"

By Spencer . May 24, 2011 . 2:33pm

lara Remember the Tomb Raider script Siliconera outlined? We obtained an earlier draft of the script with a few interesting changes. While the scene with Conrad Roth is nearly the same, the main character in this version is "Sarah Beele". The game at this time was also called Cryptids, perhaps a code name?


This early draft mentions the route Lara, ahem "Sarah", took. She used an 18th century map of the Northern Sea Route and a modern map of Japan’s ocean currents. Lara circled an area east of Okinawa where the Kuroshio current changes. Crystal Dynamics also notes players will see illustrations of Martyn Shpanberg’s voyage to Japan.


Another change in the script is at the tail end, right before Lara/Sarah runs off into the night, Roth hands Lara an axe. In an early draft, "Sarah" stands up, hooks the axe to her belt, and grabs a radio transmitter. A later version notes Lara’s hesitation. Roth throws the axe to the ground. Lara stares at it wondering if she’s ready to go on a journey. She reaches for the axe and Roth warns her to be careful. "Sarah", as she’s written in the early draft, is a tad more gung-ho than Lara.

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  • Why is it when I read that name that I get a cross between Lara Croft and Ally McBeal?

    Hell, even the cross look pulls it off.

    • Chow

       I personally thought Lara Croft and Jessica Biel. :/

  • mikanko

    I’m liking the bow and arrow look more than having pocket uzis/shotgun etc.

  • Testsubject909

    I prefer the gung-ho Sarah. More confident of herself… And I just know that they’re going to use this moment of hesitation and ‘portrayed human weakness and fragility’ in Lara in a way that’ll most likely… well, I’ve no hope for it, so really if they pull it off well, I’ll be very pleasantly surprised (Taking the “Completely unhyped” path, that way any good part will shine forth all the better. Though I only do that for the story. I expect the gameplay to be good 3D platforming puzzle. It better damn be)

  • PrinceHeir

    i actually like the new Lara design :D

    she’s more realistic and sexy than her old versions :P

    still cannot wait for to travel all over the world.

    i want to see some historic japanese places ^^

  • xxx128

    I kinda like the first lara best. The one with the huge head and painted on eyes <3
    That was before all the horrible hype.

  • what the hell they changed her name i’m really pissed

  • so they have decided to keep lara croft her name i’m glad

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