Officially announced at E3 2016, Arkane Studios’ Prey stars Morgan Yu, a human test subject who has been living on a space station named Talos I. Set in 2032, Morgan’s life as a human guinea pig suddenly goes “terribly wrong” when hostile aliens overrun the station and begin to hunt the Prey protagonist down.
Teasing all sorts of supernatural hijinks as well as a dark element of psychological horror, fans have ben desperate to see Prey in action. (The game’s publisher) Bethesda and Arkane Studios have now delivered on that front, debuting the very first Prey gameplay trailer during QuakeCon 2016.
Prey Gameplay Trailer via BethesdaSoftworksUK
Prey Gameplay Trailer Debuts
Although that’s a rather brief showcase of footage, the full Prey gameplay demo from QuakeCon told us plenty about the game. For starters, we know that the aliens are able to transform into inanimate objects. The ‘Mimic’ ability, which Morgan can also learn and harness, allows you to turn into things such as chairs, coffee cups and more and can be used to sneak past enemies and even reach high platforms by turning into a mine and detonating yourself.
Two other powers called ‘Kinetic Blast’ and ‘Leverage’ were also shown off during the demo. Kinetic Blast alters time and creates a sort of ‘zone’ around Morgan that slows down enemies – that sounds rather handy given that aforementioned inanimate object dangers. Leverage, meanwhile, gives Morgan added strength in order to throw heavy objects, for example.
And, speaking of Prey’s powers (known as ‘Neuromods’), Morgan installs them by injecting a needle gun in the eye, which perhaps explains the startling redness seen in the Prey E3 2016 trailer. Though, with Neuromods being linked to the experiments performed on subjects like Morgan and the aliens, the sound of them being installed can attract aliens to your position.
If Prey players don’t want to make use of the game’s Neuromods, then there will be some weapons on offer too. Traditional weapons such as pistols and shotguns will be rare, says Arkane, but Morgan will be able to make use of things like the ‘Gloo Cannon’ to root aliens in place, create platforms, extinguish fires and detonate traps. Scavenging and crafting gameplay will also let Morgan make new object using the Fabricator, with the zero-g making Propulsion System being an example.
Unfortunately, the Prey gameplay trailer nor the QuakeCon 2016 demo offered a look at the game’s female character. Arkane Studios has confirmed that Morgan can be male or female though so far, we’ve only seen the male character model. Hopefully Arkane will show off the leading lady as we get closer to the game’s highly anticipated release.
Prey will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016.