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Square Enix has teamed up with Zachary Levi from the tv hit show Chuck in order to create a series of behind the scenes videos for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. The Final Hours series will look deeper into characters and development. The first clip talks to Lara Croft actress Camilla Luddington.
The video takes a bit to gear up to the actual content, but we do get to see a genuinely enthused Zach Levi. Some tv nerds really do have some gamer blood in them. He and Camilla discuss where she’s from and how she got the part. The ‘hunt’ for a proper Lara Croft impersonator took the developers all across the globe in order to select hundreds of actresses. The L.A. residing Brit Camilla turned out to be the perfect fit of voice and acting talent.
The clip also takes to the motion capture stages, where people get donned into molding costumes filled with dots in a wide open space called the Volume. As a neat coincidence, Camilla mentions that she used to perform archery, which comes in handy as the new Lara uses a bow and arrow as well.
The discussion also briefly turns to the sex appeal of the gaming icon. And while the hot pants are gone, power can be just as sexy. Camilla mentions: “She’s still gorgeous, but now she’s a person.” We’re not sure exactly to interpret that, but there is a positive message inside.
The actress also engages in her craft. The clip talks about how emotive she got during recording and that her acting was so genuine that she spent a good amount of it crying. Then we get treated with the controversial ‘rape’ scene, which includes an ending spoiler. That’s possibly jammed in there to make sure no one remembers the controversial material aspect, since the focus shifts to violence and not sex. And as we all know, gruesome violence is totally acceptable, as long as no one is aroused.
The Final Hours of Tomb Raider will release in March 2013 for PC and iPad as well as Kindle Fire.
More on Tomb Raider, game writer Rhianna Pratchett was approached as the main writer for the game. The veteran of 14 years of video game experience is said to offer credibility to the new image Lara Croft will present in the game. The press release mentions that the 35 year old Pratchett “grew up” with Tomb Raider, even if she was 20 when the first title came out. There’s probably something lost in translation there. Pratchett is a lauded author that has previously worked on the Overlord series, as well as a comic based on Mirror’s Edge.