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Arkane’s president reassures fans that PREY will be better optimized on the PC

PREY releases in a couple of days and since Bethersda did not release a PC demo, a lot of fans have been wondering whether the PC version would be plagued by performance issues. Well, Arkane’s president, Raphael Colantonio, claimed that they are pretty confident that PREY won’ be plagued by the same issues that affected Dishonored 2.

As Colantonio told Gamespot, the PC version of PREY won’t be a port from the console version.

“First of all, it’s not like we first do the game on console and then in the end we suddenly port the game to PC. It starts on PC. That’s how game development works. The real reason why PC games often have problems is because there are so many permutations of hardware. Sometimes it’s timing – drivers come out the same time as our game. Something happens that makes it more challenging.”

Colantonio added that Arkane has tested the PC version of PREY on a variety of PC configurations, and that it is pretty confident that the PC version will be fine.

“This time we are, given what happened with Dishonored 2, we doubled our thoroughness in making sure that the game is going to run smoothly. At this point the game is fully ready, but that’s what we’ve been doing for the past months–a lot of tests on different configurations and making sure it works. So we’re pretty confident. You never know. But we’re pretty confident.”

Of course this isn’t the first time Colantonio claimed such a thing. Back in January, Colantonio stated that the PC version of PREY would receive some extra love.

“A bit more Q&A time, also it’s a different engine so the constraints are different. 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.”

It will be interesting to see how PREY runs on the PC platform, especially after what happened with Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3; another CRYENGINE-powered title that suffers from performance issues.