Posts Tagged ‘Arkane Studios’

The Smell Of Bullshit: Arkane ARE Making Prey 2

By John Walker on August 15th, 2013.

It’s always such a lovely rosy feeling, having your time wasted, isn’t it? That’s what it’s looking like Bethesda’s Pete Hines and Arkane’s Raphael Colantonio may well have done to us in the last couple of weeks, when we were told what now appears to be rubbish about Prey 2′s development. When Nathan asked Hines directly whether Arkane had taken over development from Human Head, he replied with a definite, “No.” Seems he could have said “Yes.” They’re so easily muddled. And the emails go on to suggest that Colantonio considers the gaming sites that report on his games to be “press sneak fucks” when they stumble on the truth.

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Bethesda Talks Prey 2, Denies Arkane Involvement

By Nathan Grayson on August 2nd, 2013.

Nope. No Corvos here.

Where once Prey 2 burned as bright as an exploding star, it’s now nearly blipped out of existence. Strikes and stall-outs allegedly sidelined the promising sequel for many moons, and talk of cancellation wrapped a rapidly tightening noose around its neck. But then, a twist: rumors rushed from the Internet’s every exceedingly awkward orifice door that Dishonored developer Arkane had taken the reins on the beleaguered bounty hunter because, well, Bethesda got kinda pushy about it. However, as part of an interview during QuakeCon, I asked Bethesda’s Pete Hines about the situation, and he told a very, very different tale.

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Interview: Unmasking Dishonored’s Harvey Smith

By Nathan Grayson on October 17th, 2012.

Dishonored is pretty great. Incredible, even – at least, in places. We’ve had many wordthinks about it, and odds are, the future will bring many more. Those, however, are for another time. Today, we’re giving the angular, Viktor-Antonov-designed spotlight over to one of the main minds behind the whale-powered wonder, Harvey Smith. From System Shock to the original Deus Ex to an ill-fated Area 51 reboot to a canceled RTS and even a brief stint in mobile gaming, he’s seen all corners of the gaming industry. But – dare I suggest it – there’s far more to life than videogames. So I sat down with Smith to discuss how and why he does what he does, and as it turns out, he may well be just as incredible as the game he played a crucial role in creating – if not more so.

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The RPS Verdict: Dishonored

By RPS on October 9th, 2012.


Earlier today four RPS writers – each of them deep into their second runs through Dishonored – sat down to have a chat about Arkane’s revenge-filled game of assassination and invisibility. Here’s what they said. [We've avoided any major plot spoilers, keeping mostly to mechanics and a bit of world/setting discussion. We will have a spoilery discussion coming up later in the week.]

Jim: Gentlemen, we have entered the era where Dishonored is a game that people can play. Would any care to describe what they think Dishonored is?
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Choose Your Own Stabventure In Dishonored’s New Trailer

By Nathan Grayson on October 5th, 2012.

[comedic banana peel slip sound effect]

Interactivity sure is neat, huh? Why, I bet one day we’ll even be able to control the characters directly – like, with a mouse and keyboard. I know, I know: silly old Nathan and his craaaaaaazy ideas. Ah well, let’s jump back to reality, where we abandoned our pursuit of true “video games” in favor of smellovision back in 1983. Today, I have for you an interactive trailer of Dishonored. It lets you choose between many enticing options – sometimes up to four! A word of warning, though: it’ll knock you unconscious, throw you into Jello, and then drag you straight into spoiler territory if you’re not careful.

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‘Experience’ Dishonored Without Experiencing Dishonored

By Nathan Grayson on September 14th, 2012.

Have you ever tried to explain your favorite game to a friend or family member who just didn’t get it? Did you then decide – for some reason – to do it partially in French? That’s the idea behind the latest in Dishonored‘s development documentary series, but thankfully with slightly more subtitles than real life. Also, heaps of gameplay footage, which is always nice. It’s Arkane’s attempt to paint a moving, talking, stabbing, rat-based-time-bomb-creating picture of Dishonored’s “experience.” But does it succeed? I’ll let you be the judge. But just this once.

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Dishonored Devs To Speak At Eurogamer Expo

By Jim Rossignol on September 13th, 2012.


One of the developer sessions at this year’s Eurogamer Expo (at Earls Court in London on 27th-30th of this month) will be hosted by Dishonored developers, Arkane. EG reports:

Christophe Carrier (Lead Level Designer & Audio Director) and Dinga Bakaba (Assistant Producer & Game Designer) will introduce the game at length on Friday 28th September at 5pm and at midday on Saturday 29th September in the developer sessions auditorium.

The game will also be playable at the show. Eurogamer’s Tom “Tom Bramwell” Bramwell said: “Dishonored is one of the most exciting games on the show floor at this year’s Eurogamer Expo and we’re thrilled that Arkane will be presenting a closer look at the game as part of the developer sessions schedule.” It’s nice when Tom is thrilled.

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Dishonored Devs Try To Pin Down “Immersion”

By Jim Rossignol on September 11th, 2012.


The Dishonored video bombardment will leave nothing standing. Eventually all that will remain of former gaming websites will be a flickering screen and a hyperlink pointing at digital vendors of Bethesda’s next big game. The latest salvo attempts to define that most nebulous of game design concepts: immersion. The key devs on the project show up in this ten-minute mini-documentary to discuss how this concept relates to industrial design, the non-photorealistic art style, and weird alt-not-London that they’re trying to express. There’s a tonne of stuff on the architecture, of course, and it’s inevitably full of lavish new glimpses the Dishonored world, too.

Also, look at the amazing official Tumblr.
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This Advergame Dishonors Dishonored

By Nathan Grayson on August 30th, 2012.

Sir, there's a rat on your... it's just sort of... oh, never mind.

I fully endorse the idea of advertising videogames with other videogames – especially when it’s done cleverly, ala Borderlands 2′s recent 2D demake. I mean, it’s sort of the logical conclusion to these things, right? Who wants to look at screenshots or watch a trailer when they can clomp through a world on their own three WASD fingers? And hey, Dishonored‘s looking incredible. Really, is there a more natural fit? That brings us to Dishonored: Revenge At Hand, which is… a game about watching trailers. Huh. And so, in this version of Dishonored’s honor, I have decided to revive my “Oops, I broke Dishonored” series.

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Pondering Dishonored With Co-Lead Raf Colantonio

By Jim Rossignol on August 22nd, 2012.


At last week’s German mega-convention, GamesCom, I sat down for the second time to play Dishonored. This game of stealth, magic, and assassination will be one of the handful of truly important games in 2012, and whether or not it is entirely a success, its release and development will have been an important event in game design history. Read on for more thoughts on why that is, as well as words from the game’s co-lead, Arkane creative boss Raf Colantonio, who I spoke to after my most recent session at the controls of super-assassin Corvo Atano.

Spoilers will be kept to a minimum.

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Oops, I Broke Dishonored

By Nathan Grayson on August 16th, 2012.

I’m in love with Dishonored – or at least, what I’ve gotten to play of it at various press events and things. Torrid, disgusting, fluid-filled love. And QuakeCon’s demo, which saw me infiltrate a fancy mansion party to assassinate one of three “Lady Boyles” (only one of whom was my real target) might actually be my favorite section yet. Co-creative directors Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio, however, have gone on at length about how much they love it when players break their game and pull off supernatural stunts they couldn’t even conceive. So, after already sinking a few hours into repeat playthroughs, I sat down at my trusty demo station with a mission: ruin everything. Test boundaries. Push limits. Become the world’s foremost expert on Jello mold physics. And gosh, it was really, really fun.

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