Prey [official site] is not out until Friday but its launch trailer is already here. That might seem a silly mistake from publishers Bethesda but hey, they haven’t even realised that Prey was already the name of a seemingly unrelated first-person shooter from 2006 – a game which Bethesda themselves own the rights to! Still, it’s fine as the chunks of Prey we’ve played make Arkane Studios’ Prey seem a fine sci-fi shooter in a similar vein to their splendid Dishonored. You could watch the launch trailer now or save it for Friday to watch while wearing a paper hat and pretending you’re at the launch party.
In another curious twist, Bethesda seem to have released a thumping trailer for a different game, perhaps even the 2006 Prey made by Human Head. Prey as portrayed by this trailer seems far more of a megablaster than the Prey we’ve played.
Here’s a hunk of what Alec wrote after his most recent spell with Prey (2017):
“So yes, in some respects this is more of a sci-fi remix of Dishonored than I’d thought it was in my first play session. Nowt wrong with that, quite the opposite in fact. I didn’t click with Dishonored 2 to the extent many people (rightfully) did, purely because the setting and structure felt a little too similar to Dishonored 1’s.
“The idea of transplanting the same ethos into a very different environment, with very different powers and foes, appeals that much more. At the same time, it doesn’t feel like Dishonored – this is more like the haunted spaces of Bio- and System Shock than the living cities of its stablemate or its other key touchstone, Deus Ex.”
Many of Bethesda’s other Prey videos were far more in that tone but hey, we’re in Launch City now baby. Strap yourself in, buckle up, and put your seatbelt on.
Me, I’m mostly in it to use spacemagic to transform into a stack of fluffy towels and to stab myself in the eye.