You've called the Prototype games a powertrip, but there seems to be a theme throughout them that great power - even if it's used for good - ultimately corrupts and destroys those using it. Is that something you believe personally?
I think... yeah, I do believe that, would be the short answer. It's something we've expressed to some degree in both games. It's actually something, that to be quite honest, I've been thinking about personally for the past few months, because as you go through the experience of driving the development of the game, you think about all the other opportunities you could possibly represent in it.
I'm intrigued, not just by how power corrupts normally decent people, but also the nature of the powers in the game. I'm intrigued by the possibilities that are presented by the power of shapeshifting and acquiring the form of other people. Imagine, if in the future, you could acquire other people's forms in the future in a way that's non-lethal and non-destructive. What ends would you used it for?
If I were to get the sort of powers that Mercer and Heller have, my first move wouldn't be to turn my arm into a massive blade and run down the street, slicing people in half. Perhaps, instead, I'd take the shape of the local bank manager and start transferring funds to my account. Maybe I'd find a rock star with an incredibly cute girlfriend and a really debauched lifestyle and borrow that for a while.
I could always assume the shape of someone I really didn't like and do very bad things in public and then just walk away and watch the consequences for that person unfold. I think the power of shapeshifting is something we could take in a lot of interesting directions in the future.
You've spent a lot of time with Heller and Mercer over the years. What do you think of them personally, as people?
I would say that James Heller is character I've grown very fond of over the development process, particularly because he has a quality we haven't seen in the Prototype universe up until now - he has a sense of humour. The way this has been executed has been really strong and it makes him a more relatable character.
Alex Mercer, I like, but because he's such an ambiguous character. You're never quite sure about him as a person - you're not quite sure what he is, exactly. He makes for an interesting and unpredictable antagonist. He's also a great foil for Heller, who is far more clearly defined and driven.