After the messy Dishonored 2 launch on PC, Arkane says they’ve learned their lesson and won’t mess up with Prey's PC launch
Dishonored 2 was a great game, but unfortunately, the PC launch was plagued with problems. Anything less than a high-end gaming rig meant that the game would often suffer from framerate drops and mouse stutter among other things. Lowering settings or any other means to get over these hurdles didn’t really help, so PC gamers were obviously not too happy about it. Of course, they’ve released patches to address most of these issues but the damage had already been done. Arkane co-creative director Rafael Colantonio told Game Informer in an interview that they’d learned their lesson and Prey PC launch will be optimised on release.
In the interview, Colantonio said that, “We had a rough launch on the PC (with Dishonored 2)… In development you never exactly know what you’re going to see, most of all with PC because there are so many different configurations and stuff. Unfortunately, it’s what it is, it shipped, then it got patched, and now it runs really well. So of course, we are paying double-attention to making sure that this time, the PC version is really flawless when we ship.”
In order to avoid botching launch-day with Prey, Colantonio went on saying, “It’s a different engine, so the constraints are different. In the case of Dishonored, we created a new engine, really, even though it’s based on idTech, most of it has been redone … In the case of Prey we’re using the CryEngine, so it’s an engine that has already shipped things before. So it’s not the same configuration. Nevertheless, we are of course aware of issues now, and were back then already, but it caught us by surprise a little. This time we’re paying more attention for sure.”
Prey PC Launch date
It’s good to know that Arkane is being careful this time around, and they’d better, considering the fact that Prey isn’t relying on a hit prequel as such. Of course, all we want is for the game to be good. Prey PC launch is expected to happen in the first half of 2017.
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