Raphael Calantonio, global VP of PR and marketing, took the stage at the Bethesda Softworks pre-E3 press conference on behalf of Arkane Studios and began with speaking about the studio’s vision for creating games. Arkane specializes in first-person immersive games that makes sure each experience is different and that every choice has its consequences.
He then discussed the critical success of 2012’s Dishonored, but instead of transitioning to talking about Dishonored 2 as many expected, Calantonio announced an all-new game that’s based on those values, but with a psychological thrill tossed in. The trailer was the world’s first introduction to the protagonist, Morgan Yu, who is perpetually waking up on Monday March 15, 2032. Although he goes through the same routine, his physical state appears to be degrading. After a few iterations, Morgan is seen in a ruined laboratory, fighting off creatures. It isn’t the end that viewers are made aware that the trailer is for Prey.
Calantonio then returned to provide some additional background on the game. It will take place in the year 2032 on a space station called Talos One, where experiments are being conducted on Morgan to alter the human race. Of course, things go wrong, and the space station becomes overrun with an alien threat. Players will need to rely on all the tools at their disposal in order to survive and uncover the secrets of Talos One, including “wits, weapons and mind-bending abilities.”
More details about Prey will be revealed later this summer at Quakecon, and the game is expected to release next year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Prey does not appear to have any connection to the 2006 game of the same name developed by Human Head Studios.