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Dishonored on PC "has its own different interface," PC standards are "a religion"

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Bad ports hurt, especially when the game getting the shoddy treatment is otherwise good. Dishonored might be quite good (opens in new tab) , so a little before E3 I asked co-designers Raphaël Colantonio and Harvey Smith -- who have a great deal of PC development experience (opens in new tab) -- how much attention is being paid to PC optimization. Their response wasn't especially detailed, but it does inspire optimism.

"Our background is very PC for sure,” said Colantonio. “And now in this game we have a mix of strong console players and fans, and also hardcore PC people. So both sides are very influential, and in the end, yes, the PC has its own different interface."

"It's a very cool mix of culture, as Raph was saying," continued Smith. "At either location [Lyon and Austin] you'll have people that are like, super hardcore strong about these PC standards. Obviously with the long legacy we've had, it's a religion.”

Smith went on to say that "the same is true for the PS3 and the Xbox,” and that the studio's philosophy is to “step back” and let those who are passionate about one platform influence development there. Achievements, for example, are left to the Xbox evangelists on staff.

If PC standards are truly a “religion” at Arkane Studios, we may be served well, but we haven't yet verified it with our eyeballs.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.