Mirror’s Edge author Rhianna Pratchett is the lead writer of Square Enix's new Tomb Raider title, it has been revealed.

Giving players a deeper connection with the famous heroine was Pratchett’s primary concern.

"I grew up playing Tomb Raider, uncovering the world's secrets and unearthing its treasures; I have lived and died as Lara Croft, but nothing comes close to the challenge of re-writing her," she said.

"Seldom do we get the opportunity to re-imagine and reinvent a legend, so getting my narrative hands on Miss Croft was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. It was going back to the genesis of video game action heroines and exploring how to make such an iconic character meaningful and relatable for gamers today."

Pratchett has been secretly working on the project for the past two years.

"She has brought a unique perspective to the project and helped us explore the character origins of Lara Croft," said Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher.

"There is no doubt that Rhianna has brought a depth and credibility to Lara."

A small controversy erupted last month when footage from the game showed Lara fending off what appeared to be a would-be rapist.

Pratchett’s writing credits include Heavenly Sword, Overlord and the aforementioned Mirror's Edge.