Prey (2017) was apparently not supposed to be a Prey game till Bethesda compelled Arkane to name it that. Prey was initially a sci-fi game from 2006 that was printed 2K Games and developed by Human Head Games. It was well-received upon launch and a sequel from Human Head was going to occur underneath Bethesda, however it was canceled. It’s one of many nice unmade video games based mostly on leaks and different info that surrounded the game, however many hoped it might nonetheless occur in the future. It by no means did as Bethesda finally determined a reboot was the way in which to go, regardless of not likely having a ton to do with the unique game.
As noticed by Kotaku, Prey director and Arkane founder Rapha?l Colantonio famous on the AIAS Game Maker’s Notebook podcast that he did not need to use the title Prey, however was informed to by Bethesda. He famous how he was grateful to have the chance to make the game that they wished, however actually disliked utilizing that franchise’s branding. Colantonio believed that it was a “sales mistake” to name it Prey, stating that it did not please followers of the unique game and solely made those that did not like the unique game keep away from it. The author/director talked about that this case was a part of the explanation why he left Arkane shortly after the discharge of Prey. Colantonio additionally wished to apologize to the unique staff behind the game, feeling it was “gross” to “steal their IP”.
“Our game had nothing to do with Prey,” mentioned Colantonio. “There is a bit of the artistic/creative side that is insulted when you tell [an] artist ‘You know your game? It’s going to be called Prey.’ And you go like, ‘I don’t think it should. I think it’s a mistake.'”
Whether or not Prey will ever make a return both through the rebooted collection from Arkane or as a sequel to the unique game stays to be seen. Remakes are additionally a giant craze nowadays, so maybe there’s an opportunity that Arkane goes again to fundamentals and tries to remake the unique game. Whatever the case could also be, hopefully Bethesda has realized a lesson from this case.
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