Josef Fares on Hazelight's next game: "F***, it's gonna be good"
Hazelight's new game will be looking to merge the mechanics with the story a bit more, as Fares explained at Gamelab this year,
Josef Fares is one of the most eye-catching developers in the industry right now, as the Hazelight founder is known for speaking his mind (remember his "f*** the Oscars" speech?), and we talked with him a little bit at Gamelab in Barcelona about his new game, which will be trying new things.
"I would say that, in A Way Out's case, it's a combination between a Naughty Dog game and a Quantic Dream game - there's something in the middle - and that's something that I feel could be done better for the next game, making the mechanics even more playable and connecting the mechanics to the story more, which actually I will do in the next game, and that's why I'm very excited," he told us.
"What I can say about the next game is that it's not A Way Out 2. It's something totally different, but you will definitely see that it's a Hazelight game. So I'm super excited, it's gonna be... f***, it's gonna be good."
"That's one of the things we keep pushing, interactivity. How could we do this? How can we do this part of the story? And blah blah blah and stuff like that [...] it's gonna be very different from A Way Out, very different."
Fares also talked later on in the interview about the mood in the Hazelight office too, saying:
"It's a really good mood in the office. We go around and f*** s*** up all the time, it's like, it's a good mood. We go around, like I tell the designer 'come on, more, more, let's do this' and it's a really good energy in our office."
"But the next game, it will be more... I can say the mechanics will be more a part of the storytelling, and I think a lot of people will be surprised."
As for those who might be expecting A Way Out on the Switch, there's bad news here, as Fares has said that it's not happening, at least not from him.
"We're not gonna do it. For me A Way Out is done, it's over. If it happens to be that somebody else does a remake for Switch I'm super fine with it, but we're not gonna do it," he said.
What do you want to see from the new Hazelight project?