One of the biggest and most surprising game announcements at E3 2016 had to be Prey from Bethesda Softworks and Arkane. Many hoped the game was coming, but it wasn’t until Bethesda’s press briefing that we learned the game certainly is coming.
The last time we saw Prey was in 2006, but since then there hasn’t been any movement in the series. A sequel to the 2006 game was planned and then it was ultimately canned. Bethesda didn’t just let the series die as it is back and slated to debut next year.
Prey seems to be far along in its development, but you may be wondering what this new game will be about. Ricardo Bare, who is the lead designer on Prey, talked about who gamers will play as, and said gamers will get to choose the gender they play as.
“You play as Morgan Yu. We are going to let players choose their gender, but you play as Morgan Yu, who is a key subject in an experiment that is taking place aboard the space station. When you emerge from the experiment, everything onboard the station has gone sideways. There’s aliens running around everywhere. Most of the people are dead, not everybody and so you have to figure out what is going on, how did I get here, and why am I even here on the space station,” Bare told Gamereactor.
It sounds like gamers will peel back answers to what is happening slowly but surely. From what Bare described above, there surely is some strong potential for a narrative with serious twists and turns along the way.
What we know about a character and what we don’t know are two things that drive entertaining storytelling, and Prey will not be going easy on what players don’t know. Bare went into further detail regarding the game’s narrative.
“There are a bunch of interesting things about your past, which I won’t go into [detail], that you will discover throughout the game. As you progress, you will meet people who are survivors like you who have barricaded themselves or are hiding somewhere. They have their own story, and in traditional Arkane fashion, you’ll get to decide what do I do with this person? Do I help them? Do I hinder them? Do I side with them? And [those choices] have consequences at the end of the game,” Bare said.
Prey is slated to release sometime during 2017 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. For those who have yet to see it, check out the official gameplay trailer below.
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