Prey 2 is officially dead for as far as the eye can see. All the work that the previous team had put into the game appears to be scrapped in favor of this new horror, sci-fi shooter hybrid that Arkane and Bethesda are co-developing together.
Arkane Studios revealed the re-imagined version of Prey during the Bethesda E3 press conference. It was a cinematic clip that clocked in at just two minutes straight. You can see the clip below, courtesy of IGN.
Definitely getting some Dead Space vibes from that one.
The trailer starts with a character named Morgan Yu, repeatedly waking up and carrying out the same actions each day.
Every time Morgan wakes up his eyes appear to turn redder and redder, until he finally awakes from what appears to be a test chamber… or at least, we assume it’s a “he”.
It appears the test involves some sort of deep space simulation. According to the Bethesda press conference, the tests taking place on the space station involve some advanced means of possibly helping the human race in ways previously thought impossible. However, catastrophe strikes and the space station becomes a breeding ground for unimaginable horrors.
As is typical with most shooter games, players will have to find ways to survive while uncovering their past and sifting through the mysteries of the space station.
Nothing in the cinematic trailer stands out as being particularly interesting or unique, but the atmosphere is done well and the weapon usage looks tight. It’s unfortunate that it’s all a cinematic sequence because I would have loved to have see some real, in-game footage.
One of the things I instantly noticed is that the Native American hero from the first game, Tommy, is no longer making a return. It’s a bit of a bummer because other than Turok and Connor from Assassin’s Creed III, it feels like character lore and cultural heritage that’s rarely ever explored in AAA games, especially given that it has such a rich tapestry in mysticism and spiritualism, which is ripe for sci-fi horror games.
Anyway, I’m curious to see what they pull off with this reboot of Prey. Hopefully it’s not a droll, AAA shooter.