‘Tomb Raider’ Creator Reveals The Truth Behind The Naked Lara Croft Myth

It was only after the massive success of the original Tomb Raider that the publishers had the genius idea of using sleazy exploitative means to achieve what they’d already achieved organically. Toby Gard, the creator of Lara Croft didn’t like the way things were going for the character and decided to leave the series, only returning many years later for Tomb Raider: Legend. In the meantime, Tomb Raider‘s promotional materials began to look less like just cool variations of this:

Promotional Art for Tomb Raider 1

Embracer, Raiding the globe

And started including more and more of this:

Sexy post Tomb Raider 1 promo art

Embracer, Raiding the globe

She’s not even wearing guns!

Hard to ignore the correlation, right? On top of that, Gard then gave a now-deleted interview where he claims that the first person to dream about the possibility of Lara going naked in a game was his company’s very own boss – because he allegedly pressured Gard into putting it in the game.

Embracer, Raiding the globe

A render possibly modeled after Gard’s boss look as he asked to include a naked Lara in the code.

This makes it very hard to believe that the infamous mod was anything other than an inside job (yeah, we’ve said it) meant to sell more copies of the game (or probably for the enjoyment of Gard’s boss). Either way, the saddest part of it all is how the messed-up history behind the development of the Tomb Raider series is, so much more interesting than any mystery ever uncovered by Lara Herself – except perhaps for the one about her being the villain the entire time.

Top Image: Core Design, Embracer Group

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