The director of Abandoned has explained the reasons for the recently deleted tweets surrounding the game and shared some details about his upcoming playable prologue.
Interviewed by IGN (opens in new tab)Director Hasan Kahraman reiterated earlier statements from developer Blue Box Game Studios that the survival horror cinematic title has not been cancelled. This follows Blue Box deleting a series of tweets mentioning the studio’s future plans for Abandoned, leading to speculation that the game, true to its name, was indeed abandoned.
Kahraman says the team deleted these tweets to clear out outdated information about the game. He also expressed surprise that the studio’s actions led to uncertainty about Abandon’s future.
“I didn’t see that coming,” he said. “I didn’t think the community would react like that. Basically, the tweets were deleted because some of the concept had changed and I thought maybe it would be a better idea to just delete the tweet and then tweet more relevant information – which wasn’t a good idea actually.”
Kahraman also shed more light on the upcoming Abandoned prologue, which has been postponed indefinitely, and confirmed that it will be a standalone game. “The prologue is not a demo,” he explained. “People always say it’s a demo. It’s not a demo. It’s actually a standalone game, isn’t it? It has a price. It’s low because it’s probably an hour, two hours of gameplay.”
He also offered more details on what exactly fans should expect from the prologue. “Actually, it’s more of an opportunity for players to get acquainted with the game’s story and gameplay because it’s different,” Kahraman said. “It’s our version of saying, ‘This is what we think a realistic survival shooter should be like.'”
The lack of information about Abandoned since its reveal has led to much speculation as to how the game’s development is going. Kahraman offered an explanation as to why details about the PS5 exclusive have been few and far between.
“The reason people haven’t seen the game yet, no development of the game yet, is simple, and to put it in one word, I’m scared,” he told IGN. “I won’t lie. The reason I’m scared is because it’s a personal work. It’s something personal.”
Abandoned may not be getting a release date anytime soon, but in the meantime, why not check out our picks the best horror games to play right now.