Anybody who has paid attention to movie trailers over the past few years have noticed just how much they reveal. I often ask myself why the studios would show so much and why I even need to see the movie after watching a trailer. A good trailer should build up anticipation, not destroy suspense. Which is why as a gamer, I am glad that trend has not found its way into the videogame business.
While there are some story trailers that give away plot points or hidden characters, the interactive nature of most games helps to alleviate spoilers. Nevertheless, it is always refreshing to see a trailer in any medium, whether it be movies, television, or games executed flawlessly. One such trailer that does just that is for the upcoming title Prey for the Gods. The debut game from No Matter Studios does so in three distinct ways.
From the snowy, blistering landscape, to the ominous drum beats of the music, a mood is clearly established. Whatever journey our protagonist has embarked on is a serious one. As she scales the stone wall and we see the first image of the colossal creature, we get an immediate sense of what she is up against. The action only intensifies as she tries hiding from the creature, only to be eventually caught and finds herself facing immediate danger.
From the trailer nothing is explicit. There are no words, just a series of scenes setting the stage and drawing you into the world of the game. Who exactly is this mystery girl with the bow and what creature is she is squaring off against? Where does this adventure take place? Who is she praying to? These are all questions which build up anticipation for the title and have me anxious to find answers.
Every great trailer has a closing image which leaves you with some kind of emotion. Whether you scream in horror, yell with exuberance, moan in dread, or weep with sadness, a trailer needs something at the end that will stick with you.
The final image for Prey for the Gods does just that as the protagonist has found herself captured, dangling in midair, seemingly ready to be swallowed into the belly of the beast. The trailer concludes with her fate literally hanging in the air followed by what sounds like her heavy breathing over a snowy landscape.
Prior to watching the reveal trailer, I had no idea this game existed, but now it has made an indelible impression on me. Not much info is known other than the fact this is the first game for No Matter Studios, a small three person team working on their passion project. A brief description from the developer sheds some light on the story.
“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.”
The reveal trailer is successful in what it sets out to do. By utilizing mood, mystery, and closing with a strong image, Prey for the Gods has created awareness and has left me eager to see more. Still not convinced by my words? Check out the reveal trailer for yourself below.
Darius Purse is a Senior Writer at MONG and if you want to talk Games, TV, or MMA feel free to follow him on Twitter.