Bethesda/Arkane unveil new ‘Prey’ teaser
Anyone remember ‘Prey’? Released in 2006 by 2k Games, it took the simple premise of ‘man and his loved ones abducted by aliens’ and put a pretty great twist on it…namely that said man was a Cherokee Indian, and had the ability to allow his spirit to leave his body. Oh and you could mess about with gravity. Whilst it garnered positive critical consensus and sold well, Prey 2 wallowed in development hell, eventually being passed to Bethesda. Then came an incredible cgi trailer in 2011 showcasing a completely new direction for the series, involving intergalactic bounty hunters and all manner of alien evildoers to chase down, all put to the sounds of Johnny Cash. Fast forward 3 years and fans were given news of Prey 2’s cancellation.
So why are you reading an article about a game called ‘Prey’? Well because E3 2016 brought the game back into the spotlight, albeit with a whole new development team, a new cgi trailer and a completely different tone to what came before.
As you can see nothing gameplay-wise was revealed, and with the release of a new teaser trailer that, unfortunately, hasn’t changed. Arkane President Raphael Colantonio simply poses the question ‘What is Prey’ and in all honesty, doesn’t really answer it…
Still, even with very little information about the game, we can glean a few interesting tidbits from this newest trailer. First, we know Prey is “not a sequel, not a remake, it has no tie with the original. You have to look at it as a re-imagining of the IP.” In regards to combat, we now know that to fight the aliens you encounter you will be “using weapons that are on board the station…but also you will find some gadgets…that are not meant for combat but somehow work out in combat.” One final thing to note, and this is interesting due to the fact Arkane are responsible for the incredible ‘Dishonored’, “It feels more like a hybrid game where there’s, like, narrative meets with action meets with a little bit of RPG.”
So there you have it, a brand new Prey for a brand new generation of consoles. What did you think of both trailers? Are you excited? Nervous? Still wishing you could be a space bounty hunter? (Don’t we all!) Let us know!