It'd be great if "more people focused on single-player," said Human Head's Chris Reinhart. Avoid Call of Duty-style multiplayer if you can't "beat or exceed".
Bethesda is publishing the sequel to Prey with Human Head behind the wheel. "We're focused on making it a strong, powerful single-player experience," said Prey 2 project lead Chris Reinhart. The publisher is a perfect fit for the title he says.
"And we're tied with Bethesda, which has proven they are the masters of making awesome single-player experiences."
"It's an interesting challenge. It makes us change some of the other things we do. The single-player game has to be larger. There's more player choice. There's more to do."
"We're targeting, for the average player, at least around 15 hours to play through. But because there are so many open world activities you can do when you explore around and find different things, it's hard to put an upper cap on it," he continued.
"I guess if someone were to haul ass, they might be able to get through it under that. But I could haul ass through many open world games and get through them in a handful of hours." Multiplayer has no place in Prey 2 as they went all singleplayer in focus.
"It would be great if more people focused on single-player," advised Reinhart.
"I love playing multiplayer. My big thing with that, if you're not going to be able to beat or exceed Call of Duty, don't do that kind of multiplayer, to be perfectly honest."
"If you're going to do multiplayer, do something else that fits with your style of game, and something that's going to be really fun, that's going to get people to play together in this game," he added.
"The other thing is, I would want to make sure developers put their focus in the right place and area. Taking and watering down both single-player and multiplayer is not good for the developer. It's not good for the publisher. It's not good for the game player."
"It's better to focus your energy on one or the other. If there's a focus issue and you need to be able to focus on one, do that." Prey 2 releases on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in 2012.