Just prior to E3, Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics released a trailer showing, among other action, a bad guy getting a bit fresh with a captured and bound Lara.
Lara knees him in the nuts, bites him in the face (after he doesn’t seem to take the hint) then shoots his dumb ass.
This scene (which starts at about 2:15 in the video), in addition to executive producer Ron Rosenberg’s comment to Kotaku that the bad guys will try to rape Lara, was apparently enough to put the internet into a bit of a tizzy, prompting studio head Darrell Gallagher to issue an apology on the official Tomb Raider website.
“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 late Tomb Raider games. One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game, which has incorrectly been referred 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 Lara is forced to kill another human for the first time. In this particular section, while 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 cover in this game.”
"We take great care and pride in our work and are focused on creating a release that will deliver meaningful storytelling, drama, and exciting gameplay. We're sorry this has not been better explained, we'll certainly be more careful with what is said in the future."
In other words, they may tie her up and beat her. They may blow her up or shoot her. They may even chase her down, tackle her to the ground and stab her in the face but they won’t cop a feel.
That would just be inappropriate.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen