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Posts tagged “Arkane Studios”

Prey: Mooncrash adds homages to indie roguelikes in free update

Arkane’s space-faring update for immersive sim Prey was a more roguelike spinoff called Mooncrash, and now they’ve added some homages to the indie games of the genre that inspired them. The free Rogue Moon update gives players the chance to add skins based on these games to their operator companions, as you can see in the trailer below:

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Arkane hint vaguely at the studio’s future, while Dishonored is “resting for now”

While none of their games have been the industry-shaking hits I would have loved them to be, Dishonored and Prey developers Arkane have put the immersive sim genre back on the map. At QuakeCon last week, agents for the ever-sneaky VG247 managed to pin down Ricardo Bare, lead designer at Arkane. Despite the studio being famously evasive ever since that whole Press Sneak Fuck incident,…

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Feature: Shoot the real me!

We asked a lot of people: what would you do to a clone of yourself?

Over the past several weeks I have sent a lot of interesting people who work in the games industry an email containing the following scenario: "You enter a room. The door locks behind you. From a door opposite another you enters. This other you is a perfectly identical clone, created in the exact instant you entered the room, but as every second ticks by they…

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Feature: Lunarcy

Prey: Mooncrash offers a surprising amount to do in a deceptively small space

Prey: Mooncrash is a game of refinement. It's a piece of DLC that uses an economy of space by asking you to replay the same sprawling collection of areas repeatedly, with varying characters, varying skillsets, and an ever-changing threat to combat. It's a game that will make you play Prey differently than you have before, and you'll be grateful of it.

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Prey Mooncrash DLC out now alongside free story, survival and new game+ modes

At last night's Bethesda E3 conference, we got another of those 'here's a thing and it's out now' announcements. It's a Prey expansion, called Prey Mooncrash, which is pitched as "an infinitely replayable experience" in which the "enemies, hazards and loot" are different each time you play. If spending money isn't your thing, Arkane had more Prey-flavoured stuff, too. A free update - also out…

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Secret patch updates Prey with REM lyrics as achievements

I love to start the weekend off right. And by that, I mean seeing some fun video game news that makes me shout at my screen uncontrollably. Look, there's no bigger fan of Prey than your boy Brock here. Heck, I'm a fan of all Preys. But now, it seems Michael Stipe is giving me a run for my money. While we already know that…

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We think it’s safe to say that more Prey is on the way

Huzzah for rhyming headlines! Yesterday, we reported on a series of increasingly overt teasers coming from Arkane Studios, not-so-subtly hinting that they're not quite done with System Shock-ish immersive sim Prey. Today, they dropped almost all pretense. It's March 15th, the day that Prey's story begins on (at least according to the robo-voiced alarm clock that awakens protagonist Morgan Yu from rest). Celebrating the pseudo-anniversary, the…

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Shoot for the moon: Prey expansion murmurs intensify

Arkane's Prey was one of the best games of 2017, hands down. A proper revitalization of the System Shock formula from the team who had already updated Thief through the spectacular Dishonored series. So, it hit us rather hard at RPS Towers to hear rumblings that it hadn't sold so great, along with Dishonored 2 and its standalone expansion. With the very future of the immersive…

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Feature: Gardens of unearthly delights

Exploring the gardens of Dishonored

When you think of Dishonored, what's the first image that comes to mind? Rats, blades, haunted hearts and clockwork mansions? Perhaps it's cramped streets, a bleeding whale, or an arterial river. For many of us, it's a city. We asked Rob Dwiar, a garden designer, landscape architect, horticulturist and writer, to look at a specific aspect of those cities. The gardens. There's a whole lot…

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Push Prey’s limits with this impressive lighting overhaul

Last year's Prey was a lovely thing. Arguably one of the best immersive sims ever made, and despite its title being lifted from Bethesda's back-catalogue, it had vastly more in common with System Shock than any other game. On top of being impressively designed, it looked quite nice thanks to consistently slick art direction, and ran excellently on just about any gaming-capable PC. Some people…

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Feature: KILL ALL LORE

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider review

Me: someone who believes that gothbro apparent trickster god The Outsider is the worst thing that ever happened to the Dishonored games, and thus positively relishes the chance to kill the blighter. Also me: someone who is absolutely determined to play Dishonored games without causing even a single fatality. Hmm. Standalone expansion Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider [official site] makes life pretty tricky for me,…

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Feature: Stealing faces for fun and profit

Evasion of the bodysnatcher in Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider

Here you will find the curious case of the politician who broke his neck then went for a nice walk as if nothing had happened. I'll be along early next week with full thoughts in our Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider review [official site], but seeing as it's out right now I want to bend your ear about the most interesting of its new sneak-o-magicky…

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Feature: Offing old goth-god

Dishonored 2: I can’t wait to kill The Outsider

I hate The Outsider. Perhaps that’s too strong a word, but I’ve never liked Dishonored’s meddling god. I’ll explain my stance in some detail below, but before I do that I offer an apology to the large chunk of the Dishonored fanbase who will find my opinions here blasphemous and heretical. But I’ve held my silence for long enough and it’s time to admit it:…

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Prey finally has a real demo on PC (but is calling it a trial except when it calls it a demo)

Oh, nice! After trying to highlight a few games that have PC demos recently (I do like a demo - it's far friendlier than a refund scheme and can actually be really interesting as a piece of curation or editing in and of itself, although obv it then requires more work and doesn't contain the possibility of someone forgetting to get a refund or straying…

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider offers deicide from 15 Sept

As you might know Dishonored 2 is welcoming a new standalone adventure expansiony thing called Dishonored: Death of the Outsider [official site]. Well, I say "welcoming". I don't remember anything in Dishonored ever being welcoming, more horrific and with the capacity to go chaotically and mass-murderingly wrong. What I'm trying to say is there's a new thing involving Billie Lurk and Daud and the Outsider…

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Feature: Listen now or have a wretched existence

Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show talks Gamelab, the airships of Worlds Adrift, and horror of Get Even

Bring out your ears, it's the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. Adam has returned from Gamelab in Barcelona and is ready to tell us all the hot goss about Arkane's president leaving the studio (there's not much) but also all the gamescience he acquired from RiME developer Raúl Rubio and Cyberpunk 2020 creator Mike Pondsmith. In the mean time, Brendan has been falling off…

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Arkane’s founder on why he’s ready to leave Prey devs

Raphael Colantonio, president and founder of Arkane Studios, announced that he was leaving the company earlier this week. Colantonio started Arkane in 1999 and was most recently the creative director on Prey [official site]. Today, at Gamelab Barcelona, he reflected on his time at Arkane and what prompted his departure.

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Prey’s creative director and founder of Arkane Studios, Raphael Colantonio, steps down

Raphael Colantonio, the founder and president of Arkane Studios and creative director of recent fuzzy alien basher Prey, has stepped down from the studio after 18 years. “It is time for me to step out to spend some time with my son,” he wrote in a statement, “and reflect on what is important to me and my future.” Colantonio was also the co-creative director on…

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Feature: A dark bestiary

State of the Art: The monsters of Prey

I'm only a little way into Prey [official site] at the moment but one of the most interesting aspects for me is the monster design. I love pausing the trailers to peer more closely at their glitchy, weird forms without worrying about being killed. The monsters in question are these hostile lifeforms which all come under the bracket of "Typhon" but there are different species…

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Speedrunner sprints through Prey in 7 minutes

According to Steam, it took me 22 hours to finish Prey [official site]. I wasn’t rushing, but I wasn’t dawdling either. John spent 30 hours on Talos I for his review. Compared to speedrunner Seeker TV, who finished in a blisteringly fast seven minutes, we’re a pair of doddering geriatrics. Check out the run below, though beware of spoilers.

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