Prey (2017) is an excellent sport, one in all my favorites from that 12 months in truth. But its title at all times appeared…bizarre. It has no connection to the 2006 Prey or its never-released sequel. Now, in a brand new interview, the director of the sport has defined how he and the workforce have been pressured by Bethesda to make use of that title and the way “gross” he felt utilizing it. He believes that the title was a nasty advertising resolution and one which can have doomed the sport to fail.
Colantonio was the founding father of Arkane Studios and in addition the author and director behind 2017’s finest immersive sim, Prey. Set on a derelict area station stuffed with shapeshifting aliens, the first-person shooter blended puzzles, exploration, and narrative collectively into a ravishing combine that solely kind of goes utterly off the rails in the previous few hours. Whereas it was an important sport (with nice DLC, too) it had nothing in any respect in frequent with the 2006 Prey, which concerned Native People and was developed by Human Head Studios.
Colantonio left Arkane shortly after Prey 2017 was launched, and since then he’s made point out of how he didn’t need to use the Prey title for Arkane’s sport. And now, whereas showing on the AIAS Sport Maker’s Pocket book podcast he’s revealed much more particulars concerning the scenario and his frustration with the title that he claims was pressured onto the studio, saying he was “at odds” with Bethesda.
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“I didn’t need to name this sport Prey. And I needed to say I wished to anyway in entrance of journalists,” he informed AIAS within the podcast. “I hate to lie…It felt unhealthy to assist a message I didn’t need.”
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Colantonio continued, saying that it wasn’t just him that felt this way but that he claims many others at Arkane felt the same way, too. And while he was “grateful” that a company gave him the means and time to make a game and “trusted” him to make something like Prey, he was still frustrated by the name.
“Our game had nothing to do with Prey,” said Colantonio. “There is a bit of the artistic/creative side that is insulted when you tell [an] artist ‘ your sport? It’s going to be referred to as Prey.’ And also you go like, ‘I don’t suppose it ought to. I feel it’s a mistake.’”
Colantonio then stated that he believed calling it Prey was a “gross sales mistake” as a result of selecting that title “backfired” as Prey followers weren’t blissful and the individuals who didn’t like the unique, unrelated Prey didn’t even “search for [the] sport.”
As for the unique Prey and the workforce behind that sport, Colantonio felt unhealthy that they’d used that title and IP, feeling prefer it was a “kick within the face” to the devs behind 2006’s Prey. “I wished to apologize to them many, many occasions,” stated Colantonio. “I didn’t actually have an opportunity as a result of I don’t actually know these folks. It was by no means our intention to ‘steal their IP’ and make it ours. It’s gross and that’s not what I wished to do.”
In keeping with the previous Arkane director, this example with Prey and the way Bethesda pressured the title on the workforce was a giant purpose for his departure from the studio in 2017. He has since gone on to discovered a brand new workforce, WolfEye Studios, which just lately launched Bizarre West.
This isn’t the primary time Colantonio has spoken about his points with Bethesda over Prey. Final week, he spoke to MinnMax and defined that he was “bummed” that Bethesda pressured the workforce to make use of the title. And earlier than that, he additional claimed that the selection was out of his and the studio’s palms.
Now, his aim along with his new studio is to do issues in a different way than they’re completed within the extra company publishing system he was part of for therefore lengthy, and to “keep impartial for actual” whereas making smaller video games with out the stress of multi-million greenback firms respiratory down their necks.