The Quarry Director’s Next Project Could Be Similarly Big, Different From Teen Horror

Will Byles has already set a date for when this project could be coming to gamers!


Byles wasn’t just the director of The Quarry, as he previously directed another big game from Supermassive Games, Until Dawn. The BAFTA award-winning studio is well known for its ability to create branching narratives in the horror genre. And in an interview with VGC, Byles said that he’s keen to continue working on bigger games (while the studio continues to work on The Dark Pictures Anthology for Bandai Namco).

“I do like the luxury of being able to explore characters, and you get that with a longer story. It annoys some people because they get bored with it, but I like that you can go in-depth with the characters and explore relationships in a way that’s harder on a shorter story. We’ve started working on [the next game]. I can’t tell you much about it, but we have begun. Again, it’s the same sort of horror genre. We’re sticking to that. It’s equivalent in size to The Quarry… and that’s about as much as I can say without giving too much away.

Potentially we might be a little bit like… I don’t know how far we can stretch the teen horror thing out further because, especially when we try to stir it up, the number of surprises you can add to that becomes limited. The Dark Pictures explores hundreds of variants of the horror genre. What we’re looking at now, and I can’t tell you exactly what it is, is a bit of a diversion away from that standard, but it’s still very much classic horror. It certainly won’t be the seven years it took between Until Dawn. It will be 2025, or maybe 2026,” Byles said.

Supermassive was recently acquired in its entirety by Denmark’s Nordisk, and the studio says it will have more “ammunition” to pursue projects. Their growing prestige is also evidenced by The Quarry, which has starred several Hollywood actors (David Arquette, Ariel Winter, Justice Smith, Brenda Song, Lance Henriksen, Lin Shaye). And Byles stressed that they continue to strive for acting talent because he believes it won’t be long before we see some of the greatest Hollywood actors taking a prominent place in the gaming industry’s cast.

“I don’t think that’s far off. It’s mostly about the number of days we have them because it’s costly, and shooting takes a long time. So that becomes a bit of an issue. Also, when you get somebody like Tom Cruise, that becomes what could be a budget of an entire game just on him. So, it will come down to that. However, there’s an argument that these are businesses, and they need to make their money back; there’s a certain budget that if you go beyond, you can’t sell more copies of the game – unless Tom Cruise adds a couple of million [by himself]. We thought we would never get David Arquette. We do push it. And now, people take our calls in a way that was harder before when it wasn’t a medium, they didn’t understand. The younger ones are much easier because they know this stuff,” Byles added.

So we’ll have to wait another three years for his next game.

Source: VGC

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