Arkane Studios created Dishonored. They developed Dishonored 2, too. When it came time for the sequel to hit the PC, it was an absolute mess. The game’s performance was awful, complete with bad frame rates and other bugs.
Needless to say, knowledgeable consumers would be smart to mark Arkane as one to keep an eye on for PC releases. The developer appears to know that as well, and they’re working on making up for Dishonored 2‘s PC problems with a successful launch for their next game.
Arkane is working on Prey.
Creative Director Raphael Colantonio spoke with Game Informer about the future of Prey‘s PC release. That conversation was transcribed by DSO Gaming. Here are the bits relevant to this story.
“We’ve had a rough launch on the PC with Dishonored 2. In development, you never exactly know what you’re going to see, especially on the PC with so many configurations and stuff. Unfortunately it is what it is – it shipped, then it got patched and now it runs really well. Of course, we are paying double attention to make sure that this time the PC version is really flawless when we ship…
…In the case of Dishonored 2 we created a new engine really, even though it’s based on idTech most of it has been redone. The risk is not the same. In the case of Prey we’re using CryEngine and it’s an engine that’s already shipped stuff before. So it’s not the same configuration. But nevertheless we are aware of the problem; we were already but it got us by surprise. This time we’ll be paying more attention for sure.”
Dishonored 2 still doesn’t seem quite right yet on PC
The recent reviews on Steam really say it all. The actual game content of Dishonored 2 is top-notch. The performance? Rigs with tremendous specs are only able to push the game at 30fps. That’s a problem.
My advice? Keep an eye on Prey. It looks like it’ll be a really neat game. Hopefully it launches well on PC. The game will not be available to reviewers early, so the only way to find out if this thing works as it should is to wait for customer reviews.