QuakeCon 2016 kicked off today, where attendees get the latest and greatest on video games and other news.
Bethesda and Arkane Studios have joined in on the festivities in a big way. In a report by IGN, it was revealed that a new trailer for Prey was released, showcasing gameplay and giving a small look into its story. Prey is a first-person sci-fi action-adventure game set in 2034, and the trailer is told by a man named Morgan. This isn’t the first game in the series, as there was another Prey video game released back in 2006. However, there’s word that these two titles are not related, and the upcoming Prey will not be a sequel.
The trailer for Prey opens up like you would expect: scenes transition, we see the beauty of the graphics, and a voice leads us into a vague telling of what the game will consist of. As the game is first-person, players can expect to interact with much of the environment that sits before them. The narrator, Morgan, appears to be distraught and scared. After a while, we see the enemies that the player will be up against. They appear to be your typical monsters, dark and varying in size to give the player an idea of how hard they’ll be fighting to take them down. What looks to be a pistol is loaded, and there’s also the use of what resembles a shotgun. Based on this, Prey will introduce a multitude of weapons that the player can make use of to destroy and dismantle enemies.
Arkane president Raphael Colantonio chimed in on Prey and what it holds, mentioning that it’s not just a first-person shooter that fans will enjoy.
“It is important to note that’s it’s not just shooting,” Colantonio states. “It’s more like a hybrid game where there’s, like, narrative meets with action meets with a little bit of RPG. You have some weapons, but you also have lots of other things – including powers that you can learn from the aliens themselves.”
While it’s not clear how the main character will develop their powers in Prey, Colantonio looks to give us a different take on the game. The trailer shows that enemies are able to morph, as well. Will the main character be able to claim these powers and pull off a similar feat? Stranger things have happened in games like Bioshock, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise that Bethesda and Arkane Studios are working to deliver an experience worthy of the sci-fi genre. Perhaps players will see multiplayer, though such a thought is speculation at best this early.
There’s also the matter of exploration and how missions will work. According to a report by Eurogamer, Colantonio explains how exploration and progress in Prey will function.
“The space station can be explored in a continuous way,” Colantonio stated. “This is not mission to mission to mission. Everything is continuous. You can always come back to where you were before. The context may have changed. And you can also visit it outside in zero-G and go from different airlocks to different airlocks and find shortcuts.”
Hopefully, this Prey reboot will be as successful as its original. The 2006 release came to XBox 360 and PC, and the general reception was positive. The game placed high in rankings and nearly got a sequel. However, development for Prey 2 was cancelled later on. The plans for the Prey release in 2017 is that it will serve as a re-imagining.
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