Prey almost didn’t happen.
After the original game was released in 2006, a sequel fell into development hell and was subsequently cancelled in 2014.
Thankfully, Dishonored developers Arkane Studios picked up the intellectual rights – and decided to reboot the original game – re imagining it as the spiritual successor System Shock.
Plot sees you play as scientist Morgan Yu who’s stationed on a spaceship called Talos 1 before it’s overrun by aliens.
Here’s why you’re in for a treat when the game launches next week.
Oh, for those who can’t wait, you can try the game for FREE right now – just head to the Xbox One or PS4 store and search for the demo. It’ll give you an hour of gameplay.
Prey is powered by the CryEngine – arguably the most impressive powerhouse around right now (yes, even better than Unreal 4).
CryEngine has been behind some of the best-looking games ever created – including Crysis 2 and 3.
Dynamic lighting, motion blur, rope physics, HDR-lighting – you name it, and CryEngine does it.
As a result, expect breathtaking visuals – pin-sharp detail and photo-realistic lighting effects that bring the creepy space station to life.
Prey will blend action and strategy with role playing elements.
As such, you’ll be able to customise a host of Yu’s features – such as skills and gender.
You’ll also be able to make decisions that affect the game’s narrative – ultimately leading to one of many endings.
Rather than levels, per Dishonored, the entire station will be continuous – often requiring multiple visits to certain areas.
You can also move around the outside of the station in zero-gravity.
Arkane’s Dishonored won tons of awards when it came out in 2012 – and the sequel was right up there, too.
The developer has mastered multi-layered level design – catering to both stealth-minded and action-orientated players.
As such, expect plenty of hidden passages and multiple ways to complete objectives.
The weapons and abilities
There are a host of state-of-the-art firearms at your disposal in Prey.
These range from traditional pistols and shotguns to the brilliant Gloo Gun – which sticks enemies allowing you to finish them off with a wrench.
For those who prefer a bit of stealth, be sure to check out the Huntress Boltcaster – a deadly crossbow.
Prey lands on May 5 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
PS. If alternative horror is your thing, be sure to check out Little Nightmares – a new side-scrolling masterpiece from Namco Bandai.
Plot sees you play a nine-year-old girl who’s trapped in The Maw – a surreal underwater resort teeming with fictional creatures.
You’ll have to figure out puzzles and dodge nasties as you try and escape – all the while trying to not get distracted by the game’s stunning visuals.
NOW CHECK OUT THE NEW PREY TRAILER HERE.