Patrick breifly mentioned Focus Home Interactive on the podcast Monday [I can’t find a story or generated forum post of Monday’s WPR. I’ll be happy to move this there if I’m just missing something.]
I am fascinated by Focus. Not by the fact that they’re one of the few true mid-tier publishers left. Not by their seeming business strategy of publishing RPGs whose scope is about 60% too big for their devs’ resources in the hope of unearthing the occasional Divinity: Original Sin.
No, what fascinates me about Focus Home Interactive is their preview videos, and specifically The Voice-Over Guy.
Many Focus games have extensive preview videos hosted by the same pleasant-sounding, excited-but-not-too-excited British gentleman. These videos completely eschew the two modern types of in-house preview videos - trailers with little or no narration, or faux “interviews” over gameplay with producers/designers/whoever.
Mr. Home Interactive’s trailers are long, straight-forward videos that extensively detail the world, story, combat system, etc. with just his own scripted narration over them, always opening with “Welcome to NAME OF GAME HERE.” These games all have different developers, so this is definitely something happening at the publisher level.
Welcome to Shiness:
Welcome to Mordheim:
Welcome to The Technomancer
So what’s the deal here? Does anybody know who this guy is? Is he PR? Community manager? The CEO? (Please say he’s the CEO.) Just some VO guy they like? I’m completely infatuated with this.