I’m certainly up for transforming into a mug in the new Prey [official site], Arkane’s upcoming ‘reimagining’ of Human Head’s 2006 sci-fi FPS, but I was less sold on my default form being our own Graham Smith. It’s not right, that. I don’t agree that games are (or should be) escapism but playing my own boss – the man who chases me around the virtual office with a virtual broom every day – just isn’t what I want.
Good news: if we’d like, we’ll also be able to play Prey as a lady. Her name is Morgan Yu too. And she doesn’t look like anyone I work with. Hear her in a new/old trailer.
That’s this trailer again but without Graham. Bethesda have quietly mentioned this option before, but now we’ve met Graham’s counterpart.
So yes, Prey will present you with a choice between the Morgans Yu. The official word:
“While this choice won’t change the story or how you interact with the world – because Morgan Yu is Morgan Yu, and he or she will be defined by the choices you make – it’s yet another way that Arkane is saying yes to the player.”
I’d say it does change the story a wee bit, given that men and women bring different expectations/implications/baggage even when behaving identically on an identical script, but the point is: I don’t have to be Graham.
I’m quite curious about this new Prey, which is being made by Dishonored mob Arkane. The connection to the original Prey so far appears tenuous to the point of pointlessness, but hey, it’s only a name. And while I was up for sci-fi bountyhunting of Human Head’s now-scrapped Prey 2, I’m also up for being a cup.
Prey is due some time in 2017, published by Bethesda Softworks.