Indie developer No Matter Studios releases a reveal trailer for their first project, Prey for the Gods, which bears striking similarities to a PS2 classic.
Despite only having been founded a year ago, No Matter Studios released an impressive trailer showing their progress on their first game, Prey for the Gods. The trailer features a female protaganist in a desolate, blizzard-stricken world, struggling to survive. While the first half of the trailer puts heavy emphasis on simply surviving in the snowy landscape, the second half details combat, and bears a strong resemblance to Shadow of the Colossus.
According to Prey for the Gods‘ synopsis, the currently unnamed protagonist must set out to strike down the gods in order to reverse the nearly-unlivable condition of the world. The protagonist employs some familiar Shadow of the Colossus mechanics, scaling the back of a massive, stony creature, presumably one of the aforementioned gods. However, the method in which she’ll take down these creatures is unknown, as she isn’t shown wielding any weapon except for a bow, reminiscent of Lara in the Tomb Raider reboot.
It’s hard to tell whether this trailer shows actual completed progress of the game, or if it’s more of a concept cinematic to demonstrate what the studio is trying for. If any of what appears in the trailer is actual in-game footage, No Matter Studios, which consists of just three developers “working in the evening hours” has produced more in a year than some full-sized studios have accomplished.
The strong references to Shadow of the Colossus are surely intentional, as the developer even cheekily points out that their goal was to create “colossal moments.” However, console gamers who enjoyed Shadow of the Colossus may be disappointed to know that Prey for the Gods currently only has a release planned for Windows and Mac computers.
Shadow of the Colossus is a legendary game that managed to sweep gamers up in its larger-than-life combat and moving story. While it remains to be seen how closely No Matter Studios intends to emulate its story and mechanics in Prey for the Gods, many gamers would probably enjoy a second adventure in akin to Shadow of the Colossus if it’s executed well.
Of course, simply copying the formula that made Shadow of the Colossus great won’t be enough to make an amazing game. We’ll have to wait and see what Prey for the Gods does to set itself apart from Shadow, aside from having a female protagonist and a snowy landscape.
Prey for the Gods‘ release date is TBD, and will be available on PC and Mac.