Don’t Expect Lara Croft To Find Romance Any Time Soon, Says Creative Director

By Ishaan . August 27, 2013 . 9:30am

While much more human than the old version of the character, Lara Croft will not be entering a romantic relationship any time soon, says Tomb Raider creative director Noah Hughes. In reply to a question from a fan Q&A (via: Polygon) Hughes said that Lara simply doesn’t have the time.


“Lara’s pursuit and journey to becoming a Tomb Raider is almost an involuntary obsession. It starts as her being an archeology geek, but it becomes an all-consuming passion that ultimately she’s willing to risk her life for,” says Hughes.


“And so part of Lara’s journey is to struggle with balancing what it means to be a young person growing up, and what it means to have the responsibilities of a Tomb Raider. Lara has to prioritize. She doesn’t have room for a significant other in her life – she doesn’t have enough left over after archeology and what becomes Tomb Raiding. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have feelings.”


“So what we play with a little bit during her journey in these early years is the tension between the life she might have lead if she didn’t get sucked down this rabbit hole. We’re delivering on not the normal life, but the Tomb Raider life. She is so dedicated and obsessed and focused that she doesn’t have room for these other things.”


As to whether Lara will look the same or not in the Tomb Raider sequel currently in development, Hughes stated that it’s too soon to say any more than that Crystal Dynamics will be taking advantage of next-gen technology.


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  • EinMugenTenshin

    Well, it played out really awkward in the movies, so I can see where he is coming from.

    • Pyrotek85

      Just what I was going to mention, I think it ruined them in my opinion. If they had adapted the plot of one of the earlier games it would have been great, but for some reason every movie has to have a love story tied in.

    • Testsubject909

      Well to begin with. You’re in Tomb Raider for the adventure, not for the deep human interaction… (And what is there in the older Tomb Raider games isn’t depicting Lara as a very likable character to begin with).

  • Last Star

    Huges: “Lara’s pursuit and journey to becoming a Tomb Raider is almost an involuntary obsession. It starts as her being an archeology geek, but it becomes an all-consuming passion that ultimately she’s willing to risk her life for.”

    LOL, what? Did you forget what Lara said in this game you directed?

    Lara: “Ugh… I hate tombs.”

    And Conan summed it all up nicely.

    Conan O’brien: “Yeah, guess what? Then don’t be a Tomb Raider!”

    • TeddyAltman

      I know you’re tryna make a joke since you only watched the Clueless Gamer video and never actually played the game but:

      The most recent game is a reboot so it’s supposed to explore Lara’s beginnings. That scene was from the beginning of the game so… yeah.

      • Last Star

        Haha, yes, I was trying to make a joke out of it. I did beat the game, IIRC the part where she says she hates tombs was close to the halfway point, if not further, into the game. Regardless, awesome game and I can’t wait when they reveal the sequel.

  • idrawrobots

    She doesn’t ever need to find romance. And if she ever did I wouldn’t want it in the game, she can think back to a man she loved that was killed in a rock climbing accident.

    • Sardorim

      I disagree. Lara can still be Lara and Tomb Raider can still be Tomb Raider even with romance is added in just as long as it’s done well. Furthermore, why shouldn’t she be allowed to have romance in the first place? Killing people off just to avoid her actually having an adult and mature relationship while remaining a professional seems like poor writing and denies her a chance to grow further as a character down the line.

      • Guest

        It’s Lara :P

        • Sardorim

          She can be anything she wants.

      • British_Otaku

        Perhaps I’m not being open minded as I should be but I don’t see any immediate benefits to adding romance, the series and the reboot are still built on the bodies of those she slaughters based on my limited knowledge of the series. >_>

        What would you suggest? A mechanical use by implementing Co-Op? Just a romance which takes place in the opening and closing with a few narrative nods (most video game romances)? Or what?

        A good number of games which focus on romantic elements or have some implied but tend to introduce them or allude to them with their character from the get go, not going near decades and multiple developers without it. >_>

        • Sardorim

          No need for Co-Op. Nothing says you have to play as her love interest or anything. He can help out every once and awhile or be long distance if need be, most likely in the same field as her due to how demanding it is. He, or even She, can exist just fine as long as he/she isn’t forced into the story and only shows up when it makes sense while leaving the real meat of the stuff to Lara.

          • British_Otaku

            So that begs the question of why this bloke or lady can’t simply be a partner or someone that Lara has banter with and enjoys the company of… Or perhaps as a boss, some sort of intel or an organisation which hire her?

            EDIT: Perhaps you mean to have this person built up through the above, into a romantic partner, but I just don’t see the benefit of introducing a hanger on who the main character loves but the player is indifferent to and ignores.

          • Sardorim

            That’s why he, or she, is built up over a number of games so fans will care for this person and they too will accept that them getting together as something happening naturally.

          • British_Otaku

            So basically, no/little romance in the next game, but a likeable expanded character cast which naturally builds into romance?

            Sounds good to go, can’t really disagree with it from that angle even if it would take years for us to see it ferment into something you can call a couple.

          • Testsubject909

            We already have a co-op Tomb Raider game too and there’s no romance in that. And it works out fine.

  • anarchy_panty

    Strong, independent tomb raider who don’t need no man.

    • harmonyworld

      As soon as I read that, I thought just this lol!

  • TeddyAltman

    Wow thank you game devs. Arbitrarily injected romances are the best way to kill a great character/story, so I’m glad they understand how a romance plot doesn’t really have a place in Tomb Raider… at the very least it would have to be very well-done.

    • Sardorim

      Eh, there should be romance for her eventually as fans ultimately want happy endings for their favorite characters. However, you’re right that it shouldn’t be forced though I disagree on your view that romance has no place in Tomb Raider. If done well and naturally it will only enhance the story.

      • Tienron

        they can be happy endings, it don’st have to end with her happily married and kids, that’s only one type of happiness.

        • TeddyAltman

          Yes I was gonna say just this. Love/marriage doesn’t have to be the be all and end all of happiness. I personally think Lara Croft would be the type of woman who wouldn’t make time in her work for a man.

  • Nanaki

    No Tomb Raider x Uncharted?
    . . . Fine.

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh… poor Sam.

    Man am I seriously the first one to make this joke in this article? I do not know whether to be dissapoint or proud that people who aren’t despicable me didn’t go for the low-hanging fruit.

    • Sardorim

      Well if Sam is a choice than expect her to be dead or have moved on off-screen.

      • Göran Isacson

        … Point well taken. Might be best for Sam to just remain off camera in that case. Heck, might be best for the entire surviving crew if they just stay far away from Lara from here on out.

  • biskmater

    Or more like a bunch of fanboys are gonna get upset.

    • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

      Having a 3D girl as a waifu, how filfty.

      • biskmater

        Heh, I must agree.

      • JustThisOne

        … What manga is that? I feel like i know it, but I don’t remember where it’s from. xD

        S..sorry for being off topic here.

        • Joshua Lewis

          i believe its the world god only knows

      • Göran Isacson

        Ha ha oh man, I want to know what manga this comes from. Mostly so I can point and laugh. Or possible shed a tear of fondness as someone goes through character growth and no longer remains one of these sadsacks.

  • PhoenixDownX99

    She might have been “re-booted” as a character but I seriously can’t visualize neither the “old” or the “new” Lara with a significant other.

  • Sergio Briceño

    If Eidos ever considers making a NPC contest ala Watchdogs, I’m seriously down to become new Lara’s one night stand. No romance needed, no feelings attached… Only thing I ask for is they don’t change her voice actress. That video game is a porn movie based on sound effects alone.

  • Sardorim

    I totally expect her to have her love interest killed off yet again.

    • Guest

      Again? Which was the first time?

      • Sardorim

        That guy at the last second that she had to leave behind, even if it was one sided, and Sam technically “died”.

        • Guest

          Ah, yes, I didn’t remember him!
          One-sided love though.

  • SS4Nels

    Don’t worry, Lara. I’ll wait for you.

  • RichyGaming

    So now Lara is now everyone’s imaginary waifu for eternity

    • Testsubject909

      She already was to quite a few. Look up the multiple top 10 hottest girls of gaming and see the amounts of time she’ll pop up in the top 3.

  • David García Abril

    I think that romance could be an interesting theme in a Tomb Raider game as long as they don’t do it in a traditional way. Actually, the best way it could work is if they subverted it: Lara finds a oportunity in love (a true one. No ship tease. Sorry Lara X Sam fans), she struggles with the idea, but she chooses to tomb raid instead.

    But keeping romance away is pretty much the default setting of this franchise to begin with, so go ahead.

  • JustThisOne

    Whoo hoo! No shoveled in romance! I hate it when movies, games or even books feel the need to usher in some romance to the plot. Seriously, I want to slap someone whenever a character suddenly acts out of character because he just realized he loves her or something dumb like that.

    • Sardorim


      The way I can see it working is introduce a love interest for her in this but don’t have it become anything until a few games later after they’ve met and worked together quite a few times that it just feels natural for them to take the next step.

      • JustThisOne

        If it’s planned and well executed, sure!

        Just nothing like “romance, just because”.

        • Sardorim

          Of course, tht’s why a multi-game build up would be best. Introduce the character and slowly draw them together but don’t make it a big deal or anything. When it happens it should be Natural, I say.

  • Skode

    She is a teenager in the reboot… doesnt she have hormones to consider?

    • Sardorim

      Of course. She shouldn’t get married yet as she’s still young but it would be strange if she doesn’t have a fling every once and awhile during the heat of the moment in such a highly stressful career choice.

  • Sperium3000

    Translation: “We won’t have Lara find romance because then most of the players would be guys playing as a girl kissing a guy and would be totally disgusted because that, like, totally gay and we do think our consumers are this rock-bottom retarded”.

  • The Watcher

    Sounds similar to the reason why my gf left me. but instead of being a tomb raider she left to join the military. True Story

  • Testsubject909

    Putting my personal disdain and hatred of the old Lara (and I have no opinion of the new Lara) aside.

    Who would expect her to get in a relationship to begin with? I mean seriously. Anyone who played Tomb Raider shouldn’t even entertain the notion to begin with… It’s just never something that comes to mind.

    • Sardorim

      Most likely someone in the same field as her or someone more settled back at home. Her being in a relationship doesn’t mean her lover has to even be shown in any of the games or take a large role as it’s her story not theirs.

      • Testsubject909

        Yeah. Sure.

        But I’m just surprised that the people working on Tomb Raider had to go out and actually state “oh by the way, don’t expect romance”.

        Which leads me to ask… Who the hell was expecting romance in Tomb Raider to begin with?

        • Sardorim

          Lara x Sam is actually a very popular thing so… Yeah, it was sent to them I guess.

  • Raltrios

    But…but women have certain NEEDS…er, or so I’ve been told… >.>

    • Testsubject909

      To eat and drink and sleep?

      Yeah, just about the same as everyone else.

  • ResidentMetroid

    Thank god. She needs a rival first!

  • 3PointDecoupage

    She should marry Nathan Drake.

  • d19xx

    The fanfiction community can fix that…

  • harmonyworld

    So….she didn’t have a romance with that girl you ran through the whole game trying to find?
    Well….my heart is a little broken now~~

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