When Bethesda’s E3 2016 conference featured the announcement of a new Prey game with a trailer that hinted at psychological twists and (potentially) supernatural dealings, gamers were captivated and enthralled at the possibility of another great game from (Dishonored developer) Arkane Studios. But many of those who’d watched the mystifying trailer were also incredibly confused.
The Arkane title bears the same name as 2006 shooter Prey and with sequel Prey 2 cancelled by Bethesda, fans wanted to know whether the new game was a new lease of life for that franchise and how (if at all) the game will tie-in with the Prey series as a whole. Questions have also been asked about whether or not Arkane’s Prey will feature any similarities to the original game. To help everyone understand what exactly the upcoming game is, Bethesda has released a new video.
Answering “what is Prey?” Raphael Colantonio, president and creative director of Arkane Studios, resolutely states that “Prey is not a sequel, it’s not a remake, it has no tie with the original. You have to look at it like a reimagining of the idea.” While that’s going to be disappointing to those who have followed Prey 2’s troubled development, Colantonio and Bethesda likely see it as an important clarification to make. The Arkane Studio boss also explains that “[Prey is] not horror. The psychological-thriller dimension is more around the theme of identity.” and it will ask players “who are you exactly as Morgan Yu?”
Gameplay-wise, Prey’s protagonist will be able to wield powers (some of which will be learned from aliens), “some gadgets,” and weapons such as shotguns (though the game is “not just shooting”). Players can also expect it to be “more like a hybrid game” as there will be “narrative mixed with action mixed with a little bit of [an] RPG layer.” There will be “experiences that are unique to each of the players,” too.
Colantonio also adds that when it comes to what makes an Arkane game, “simulation is very important, the choices of the player are very important.” The Arkane boss also says that “if you like Arkane’s games, those games that blend narratives and simulation and some choices and a lot of player exploration, Prey is gonna be that game for you.” So with the Dishonored 2 release date set for later this year and with the new Prey title out sometime next year, fans of Arkane’s style will have plenty to keep them occupied over the next 18 months.
Prey is scheduled for release sometime in 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.