It’s always a shame when a game is critically acclaimed, yet does poor financially. Just because something’s “good” doesn’t mean it’ll be “successful”. For games, this can happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they’re unconventional, or from an unknown company. It may even be something as simple as timing. Releasing a game at the end of a console cycle or at the same time as other larger titles can be disastrous. A big part of this is because developers & publishers focus on a very narrow window of time after a game’s release to consider it a success. The first few weeks after a release is crucial, both in terms of recouping expenses & telling if a studio did well enough to warrant additional work.
Fortunately, with the rise of Indie games, titles that have developed a cult following over the years still have hope. Through people with gaming know-how willing to take risks & fans backing them financially, titles that the AAA industry would shy away from as being too risky can still see their legacy carried on, albeit under a different name.
One game in particular that fans have been dying for a sequel to (& one I’d snatch up in a heartbeat if Sony ever released it on the PS4) is Shadow of the Colossus. News on a spiritual sequel developed under the same team, The Last Guardian, has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. It was happening, then it wasn’t. Then it was back, but then nothing new was shown at conferences. Development has gone dark at random points during its eight years. The last news I heard offered nothing new in terms of what the game’s about, but it has been slated for a PS4 release next year.
However, fans of Shadow of the Colossus might not have to wait that long, at least if a recent reveal trailer is any indication. This trailer was for Prey for the Gods. Being developed by a three man studio, No Matter Studio, not much in known about this title, not even a release date. But I saw one comment describing it as Shadow of the Colossus meets Tomb Raider, & I have to admit that kind of fit my impression.
Prey for the Gods is a brutal journey set on a desolate frozen island, where your only chance of survival is to destroy the very gods you believe in.
In Prey for the Gods, you play a lone hero sent to the edge of a dying world to discover the mystery behind a never-ending winter. Arriving with only the clothes on your back, you must survive the colossal dangers that you encounter. To restore balance and reclaim the land from the brink, you will be faced with questions that not even a God knows the answer to.
Presumably sent to kill the gods who have turned against mankind, plaguing them with the harsh winterscape we see in the trailer, the hero (appearing female to me) must find the shrines to these gods & end their reign by ending their lives. Though I’m going to go out on a limb & say that things aren’t what they seem, & just like in Shadow of the Colossus, you’ll probably just end up making things worse. The exact method for killing the gods isn’t completely known, but the trailer does show the hero using a bow and climbing on the furry beast, so it’s probably a safe bet that each god will act as a puzzle where you have to find weak points.
Currently, No Matter Studios says the game will definitely be for PC & Mac, though their official press page says they’re actively looking to bring it to consoles as well.