Molyneux says Curiosity prize is only temporary

Molyneux says Curiosity winner's role as main Godus deity won't last forever, though the "grace period" is still being decided.

Godus' virtual god of gods, announced as Curiosity winner Bryan Henderson, won't get to reign over 22 Cans' upcoming god sim indefinitely, studio boss Peter Molyneux has confirmed.

Henderson chipped off the last cubelet from the Curiosity cube on Monday, unearthing a pre-recorded message from Peter Molyneux and the prize of digital godhood in 22 Cans' upcoming simulation Godus. Henderson will also receive an undisclosed portion of the game's funds.

But Henderson won't get to reign over Godus forever. "It didn't seem right to me that Bryan would be god of gods for all time," said Molyneux to Rock Paper Shotgun. "It seems right to me that he has a period of time to be god of gods, and that can't just be a few days. It needs to be substantial. And in that time, many things could happen. And of course, the amount of physical money he gets depends on how successful the game is."

Clarifying the situation further, Molyneux added that "what Bryan has won is a grace period where he can be god of gods for a certain amount of time."

When Henderson's tenure as Godus' god is up the game will allow him to be usurped by another player, who will then take his powers. "We’re talking about that period of time [right now]," he said. "It won’t be less than a few months. It might not be more than a year. And then we’ll unveil the ability to usurp the god of gods and replace him with someone else. That someone else will then take on all of Bryan’s powers.”

Molyneux also added that Henderson's upcoming godly powers aren't infinite, and that they need to be vetted through developer 22 Cans first. Molyneux said those powers "aren't going to be is carte blanche uncontrolled, unrefined decisions that would throw the balance of the game out entirely."

"Bryan can absolutely request something to happen, and we'll make our best effort to do it. But he can't decide everybody in Canada will explode or anything like that. There are limits to his power."

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jimrhurst
jimrhurst

"life-changing"  That is all.

Goemons
Goemons

Or untill we have fleeced the mugs who bought this timewaster.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

I smell lawsuit coming out of this. That is why contests don't work without structured prizes known upfront. Why if the game makes $10+ million and he gets what amount too low talk to my lawyers.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Darn, What is the point of having God powers if you cannot destroy Canada.

amrit500
amrit500

It's a video game guys. Of course there are going to be rules for this new God dude by the people who make the game.. jheez 

phonixor
phonixor

it would be awesome if you kill someone, they would get a message detailing how they were tortured chewed on mutilated and slowly ended :P


Ariost
Ariost

Looks like them Canadians got lucky this time lol.

moleyUK
moleyUK

In the winner's video he did stress "For as long as his reign lasts" (or words to that effect), so it's not really much of a bait and switch.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Am I the only one getting the same feeling they did when they read all of his talk on "Fable"???

macca366
macca366

I like the idea that a player can usurp the god of gods and the cycle can continue. But I don't really have faith in the game being fun anyway

DrKill09
DrKill09

Peter Molyneux is a crazy old fart. 

Megawizard
Megawizard

"And of course, the amount of physical money he gets depends on how successful the game is." 

Which will tank both due to this debacle and the fact that it's Molyneux hyping one of his games again.

BruceWayneJr
BruceWayneJr

How far up his own ass is Molyneux? Geez....

xGr4ffitix
xGr4ffitix

Typical Molyneux. "Oh my goodness! You've won! Well, only temporarily. Tooooo bad. Sorry my special way of wording things made you think you're a winner. Here, have a dog. It'll help you experience emotion and love." Lol.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Peter M.: "But he can't decide everybody in Canada will explode or anything like that."

 I am scared to type how I feel about this situation because Bryan may see my post and wipe me from existence because I am not Canadian.

Falru
Falru

"Bryan can absolutely request something to happen, and we'll make our best effort to do it. But he can't decide everybody in Canada will explode or anything like that. There are limits to his power."


Damn. (I kid.)


Still, it's a much more interesting lottery-prize than simply "YOU GET LOTS OF MONEY!!**"

**Over and insanely long period of time!

tolys
tolys

Peter Molyneux could have been a great Politician with those lies and schemes. 

Herodthegreat
Herodthegreat

Why does Gamespot keep writing articles about what Peter Molyneux  and Warren Specter have said? People make him out to be some great game designer when the best game he's designed is Fable, which is lukewarm at best, and the rest of the games he's ever designed are crappy indie games. Warren Specter has made two Epic Mickey games which have review scores of 6-5/10 and are trash to begin with.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Seems to me Henderson's main power should consist of being able to chip away at meaningless objects while having too much time on his hands :P

AceJakk
AceJakk

"Molyneux says Curiosity prize is only temporary"  And once again Peter Molyneux has an addendum to an awesome announcement that basically disembowels it.

ant19831983
ant19831983

I created Fable. My word is final. All bow down to me. My name is Peter Molyneux.

Slowhand_461
Slowhand_461

go away molyneux, just make games n shut up...

reminds me of retards lampard and terry, more on papers than anything (for football fans!)

Raditz5
Raditz5

So the winner gets to play god and poo on everyone else in Godius? I hope its a free to play because I wouldn't pay cash for a game just to get trolled by some dude with GM powers.

SubHumanTorch
SubHumanTorch

Maybe I've missed a few articles that I should have read before this one but I have no idea what's going on here.

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

should be based on the grind in curiosity the winner did.

Dasim64
Dasim64

So you get to be God of God's!!! as long as you do what we tell you to do. Man I sure wish I had chipped off that last cube. Such a great prize. Next they'll probably find some way to screw him out of the money they promised. Oh hey, sorry but the game didn't really make a profit. 

Chronologo
Chronologo

Of course he won't be forever, since the game won't last forever as any crap that Molyneux does

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

To Bad Moly didn't finish BC. Now that would be a great game....now this crap...lame/

deathblow3
deathblow3

this is all you get for playing agame where you buy hammers to crack the cube earlier. and this guy won after just playing an hour after he downloaded it. this is the same as digital craps or lotto i guess his point is to prove people are stupid because this wasnt a game at all, just a let me see how dumb you are simulator.

omenjamlord
omenjamlord

The hamster inside his head must have ran out of imagination a long time ago

robert83a2
robert83a2

You will have total freedom in choosing between

a) you use your blue hammer to kill the green guy

b) you use your green hammer to kill the green guy

c) you post a note to Molyneux about how disappointed you were with Fable 3

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Proof, in any were needed, that Molyneux is turning into a bullshit merchant.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@BamaGoatt I thought he would get some percentage of the money people spent on Curiosity, but apparently it depends on the success of Godus. Wonder how much he'll eventually earn.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Megavideogamer Yeah, the people singing "Blame Canada" in South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut would really like that kind of power.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@moleyUK Yeah, I noticed that too; I mean, no offence to the winner, but they had no idea who would end up with the prize and they could end up having ideas that destroyed the game. Anyway, as Bryan only signed up an hour before he won, he's getting a pretty good deal either way.

Minasodrom
Minasodrom

almost every game he made has been a sucess, even the crappy last two fables. only becaus hes hyping doesnt mean he doesnt make good games.

Saketume
Saketume

@Falru I don't know, man. "YOU GET LOTS OF MONEY!!" is kind of interesting to me. I can think of tons of fun and inventive stuff to do with that.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@Herodthegreat Actually the best games he designed were well before Fable, but I guess the young 'uns don't know about those.

bamir0
bamir0

@Shanks_D_Chop There is no "turning into".

Peter Molyneux has been a bullshit merchant for most of his career. Black and White and Fable were both lesser experiences than his grand promises.

He learned a long, long time ago that if you promise the earth then you'll hook enough curious people that will buy your half-finished (in terms of the promises) product and then salivate for the next one because maybe that's where we'll finally find the pot o'gold at the end of the rainbow.

Curiousity was basically a Peter Molyneux bullshit hype simulator.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@bamir0 @Shanks_D_Chop There's much truth to what you say. Though I think over-hyping a product is hardly a new thing. David Molyneux never really used to be any different from any other salesman.

His more recent projects, however, have taken him to the next level. I feel.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@Saketume @Shanks_D_Chop XD That's technically a typo. David Molyneux is a friend and I've gotten the two names confused several times while discussing this story. Didn't realise I'd actually gone as far as typing it out wrong.