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Why Is Prey Named After Its Unrelated Predecessor? The Game’s Director Speaks!

by on August 8, 2016

Arkane is currently in development to a reboot of the Prey game franchise for Bethesda Softworks. This is after an originally planned sequel to the first Prey was ultimately scrapped. However, the new game will be a complete reboot of the franchise and looks to have very little in common with the original. Gamespot recently spoke to Prey remake director Raphael Colantonio, who discussed why the studio opted to pick the name for the game.

According to Colantonio, who discussed the topic at QuakeCon, the games are actually thematically similar. Hence, why the two share the name. He stated: “Well it was a matter of, first of all it’s hard to find a name for a game, and it’s a good name–sounds good. I think the association that people have about Prey is that it’s about aliens on a space station, and it’s a first-person game. When we were done with Dishonored, part of the team did Dishonored 2, and the other part [of Arkane]… we wanted to do another one of those games that we usually do, which are in first-person, with depth and simulation and narration, all that. This time we wanted to make it on a space station, with aliens, and you had to survive with the full ecology, etc. As we started it, the name was available, and the connections were easy to be made. We just thought, ‘Okay, makes sense,’ so there we go.”

The developer continued, “[T]he high level concept is similar enough that it made sense to do that.”

Arkane Studios is still currently developing Prey. The game is scheduled for a 2017 release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

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