Prey 2 Details Reveal a Very Un-Prey-Like Game

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Prey 2 Details Reveal a Very Un-Prey-Like Game

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A detailed look at Prey 2 reveals that there's not a whole lot of Prey to be found in the new game, which by all appearances is a sequel in name only.

Bad news for everyone hoping that Prey 2 would pick up where the original game left off, with the intrepid Domasi "Tommy" Towadi plunging through a portal in pursuit of his ultimate destiny. (And if that's a spoiler, hey, the game's been out since 2006. Get over it.) Tommy is out, Native American mysticism is out, the Sphere is out and instead, according to Game Reactor magazine, we'll have an open-world game built on a blend of features and play styles taken from other games.

The new game, as is already known, will feature an escapee from the original Prey story who's now working on a "seedy" planet named Exodus as the galaxy's lone human bounty hunter. That escapee is named Killian Samuels and he's a former sheriff and prison guard who was aboard the jetliner that crashed on the Sphere and subsequently battled his way off of the alien ship. He'll be "as flexible and limber as Faith of Mirror's Edge," utilizing parkour moves when fleeing from enemies, while a "Killzone-esque cover system" will come into play when he fights. "If the first Prey was the Luke Skywalker version of the story, Prey 2 is Boba Fett's story," a Human Head rep told the magazine.

Gameplay is open-ended, with players able to go where they want and take on various missions set in cities, wilds, deserts and cave levels. "Every area is comparable to Assassin's Creed 2," the rep said, although in what sense wasn't made clear. Aliens are described as being "very human-like," similar in style to those of Mass Effect 2; weapons, armor and abilities can be upgraded via a Borderlands-like loot system. And although they'll be fewer in number and have "different looks," there will, thankfully, be "vag portals."

All of which leads me to wonder why exactly this is being called Prey 2. I'm not going to shed tears over the absence of Domasi and company but I do have to wonder why, if literally everything from the original game (minus the opening scene) has been excised, it's being developed as a sequel at all. The obvious answer, that it's a cash-in on the name, makes sense only to the point that the name is worth cashing in on, and while I certainly enjoyed Prey I wouldn't consider it a high-value property by any means.

Whatever the reason, Prey 2 is currently in development for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, and is expected to come out sometime in 2012.

Source: NeoGAF

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This has failure written into its DNA.

Wonder if they're keeping the physics err...upsidedownsideways conveyor-belts? Or the portals for that matter.

I have to say, whilst it's disappointing this won't be a follow up to Prey in a traditional sense, the game sounds really interesting and could shape up to be really good.

Bethesda claim this is the Prey that Human Head wanted to make so I guess we will have to trust them.

Is Killian the security guard off the plane in the live action trailer? I think I read that somewhere?

So it's Prey minus everything that made Prey interesting.

They get an "A" for ambition, at least. But, I do get the feeling of... failure, too, which is very sad. The original Prey was an interesting experience, coupled with unique game mechanics and an engaging story. Sadly, if it completely loses all of its identity, it just fades into the sea of FPS's that exist today. Basically, a CoD based FPS world.
Well, here's hoping that it turns out decently. That image just does little for the imagination.

You know, this actually sounds pretty darn good. I was totally ready to write off Prey 2, but seeing that it'll put together a combination of Mirror's Edge style platforming with cover-based first-person combat really caught my attention.

That particular combination of gameplay mechanics suggest a game in which the protagonist is relatively fragile, forced to duck and cover or run away from enemy encounters. The whole open world and Borderlands-style equipment upgrade deal is music to my ears, too.

It's not often that you get an announcement for a game that blends all of your favourite mechanics into one package, so I'll be keeping an eye on this for sure.

wow. i has really exited when i saw prey 2's name crop up a couple of months ago. Now i just don't care.

Is this first-person or third-person?

But... the whole native american character was pretty interesting.

I mean yeah, the game sounds cool and all, but the main character sounds so bland its ridiculous.

Free running, with a good open world and a killzone style combat.

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this isnt my name:
Free running, with a good open world and a killzone style combat.

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You damn ninja.

OT: It doesn't even sound like that it has so much connection to the first game. Though I haven't played the first one. Still sounds interesting enough for me wanting to buy it and try it.

If this is first person, it will be amazing.

I see this whole, "Its nothing like Prey!" as a marketing ploy. Follow me if you will. Bethesda knows how to market... see Skyrim trailer. They also know how to make open world games (Kinda)... see Elder Scrolls. I bet that this guy will be tied to the native american stuff, and they want that to stay under wraps because they want it to come as a surprise to not only the character but the player. You're probably saying, "How can a white guy be related to Indians?" He isn't, but that doesn't mean he can't be tied to their religion. Follow me if you will, He's a bounty hunter right? When in American history were bounty hunters extremely prevalent? Thats right, the wild west, so lets say that he might have had a great great grand-dad who was a bounty hunter, that'd mean that bounty hunting was in his blood. And lets say that this grand-dad was friendly to Native Americans, and they taught him their ways, and when he saw that they weren't just talking out their ass, he started to believe too, intermingling his family with the natives religion... Making this new guy get some of those benefits. Now, I'm just curious how this new guy will understand the alien technology and language, cause in the first, the bird did that shit for you.

It's definitely ambitious and if HH can pull it off, it might really rock the house. I just don't understand why they bothered with the Prey connection since it pretty obviously ain't Prey.

MasAcERd:
wow. i has really exited when i saw prey 2's name crop up a couple of months ago. Now i just don't care.

I think this is gamecompany cashing in on names gone wrong

Andy Chalk:

Bad news for everyone hoping that Prey 2 would pick up where the original game left off, with the intrepid Domasi "Tommy" Towadi plunging through a portal in pursuit of his ultimate destiny. (And if that's a spoiler, hey, the game's been out since 2006. Get over it.)

You know, it's bad enough when your average poster drops spoilers without caring, but one of the news staff? Come on man, 2006 isn't exactly ancient history. Good thing I wasn't interested in the game, or I might have raged a bit.

Anyway, I'm not so sure that claiming gameplay mechanics will be essentially a mish-mash of other games. Games like Mass Effect and Borderlands are certainly quality titles, but I don't know if they'd make for a good game if you combined the two.

Er wow....why call it prey at all? oh ya...preying on consumers....

then again, Quake 2 was the same case that it was only a sequel by name

and we know how awesome the game was and that it was the only one to truly surpass the original one

so I'll be looking forward to this one

Heh heh heh, "vag portals"

I do not get why they would want to cash in on the originals name. From what I hear the original was not that well received. But no matter what, stealing the name wont help anything.
Fans of the original will be pissed off that it is nothing like the first.
Those who hated the first will avoid this one just because they will think its like the first.
People who have not even heard of the first will not care about the name and some of those who do will more than likely check out the first game in advance to prep and thus now fall into one of the first two camps.

Evilsanta:

this isnt my name:
Free running, with a good open world and a killzone style combat.

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You damn ninja.

OT: It doesn't even sound like that it has so much connection to the first game. Though I haven't played the first one. Still sounds interesting enough for me wanting to buy it and try it.

I would settle for free running an open world, mainly becuase that would be one of my dream games after playing mirrors edge (ME freerunning > AC) and guns were mirrors edge weakness so thats good, also it seems bethesda is doing quite a bit of this, especially with Brink, but brink is more multiplayer.

I liked Prey, mostly because of the clever use of portals. Though this sounds totally different, and I despise cover based shooters (ESPECIALLY Killzone games, which I found to be incredibly boring), as long as this is still a FPS I'll be interested. I like me some scifi, and a "human bounty hunter surrounded by aliens" plot, while not original, is something I could enjoy.

Here, let me pick up all those names you dropped.

Seriously, though, when all a rep can talk about is how it's going to be like this game, and this game, and this game, I get a little worried. Cherry-picking ideas from other (probably better) games just leads to a half-assed title that has little going for it (see Darksiders). I'm not holding out much hope for this.

Edit: Oh, and the so-little-faith-in-our-product-we-have-to-tie-it-into-a-preexisting-franchise? Yeah, that screams quality.

Andy Chalk:
"vag portals."

WHAT!!!!???!?!?

Looks like they saw what whoever it was did with Red Faction Guerrilla & thought me too!

Oh come on! I've been anxiously waiting five years for this game and this is what they come up with? I don't mind changes in game-play as much, but I would have been happy with them at least keeping the atmosphere, main character and story intact. The the Native American mythology was one of the things that made the game interesting and different from everything else. And some of the mind bending portal stuff was really amazing when the game first came out.

From this it sounds like they're removing everything I loved about the first one. I've never been this disappointed in news of a sequel before.

I'm shuddering at the thought of what they're going to do to the soundtrack. The music alone was one of the reasons Prey became the first game I got for my 360 that I absolutely loved.

DOS4GW:
So it's Prey minus everything that made Prey interesting.

My thoughts exactly =/ the original Prey was, and still is, a blast, and one of the most original FPSs I've ever played, even if it did live off of cheesiness (an awesome cheesiness, though).

I'm really worried that this is just going to be lame. Which sucks, 'cause the teaser was awesome.

teh_Canape:
then again, Quake 2 was the same case that it was only a sequel by name

and we know how awesome the game was and that it was the only one to truly surpass the original one

so I'll be looking forward to this one

Ya but that was when devs knew what they were doing, these days all they know how to make are watered down clones.

Doesn't sound very Prey, but it does sound fucking awesome.

If they do it right, that is.

I'm getting a real far cry 2 vibe from this. sequel in name only with an open world conversion.

It's Oblivion with aliens.
End of story.

It sounds like it could be good. I mean, they're taking inspiration from the right places! (All of the games they mentioned are pretty good.)

Unfortunately, this feels like it could end up like Far Cry to Far Cry 2: broken mechanics, boring gameplay, and just generally not enjoyable.

On the other hand, Prey 2 might prove us all wrong, and might be an amazing open world game that gives Grand Theft Auto a run for their money... but that might be a bit optimistic.

(Honestly, I was not really a fan of the first game.[1] I found it boring and I couldn't have cared any less about the main characters. So maybe taking this route will actually lead to a good game that's worth $60.)

[1] To be perfectly honest, the only reason I picked up the first 'Prey' was because it boasted a four hour score written by Jeremy Soule... and even that was disappointing.

chemicalreaper:
It sounds like it could be good. I mean, they're taking inspiration from the right places! (All of the games they mentioned are pretty good.)

Unfortunately, this feels like it could end up like Far Cry to Far Cry 2: broken mechanics, boring gameplay, and just generally not enjoyable.

On the other hand, Prey 2 might prove us all wrong, and might be an amazing open world game that gives Grand Theft Auto a run for their money... but that might be a bit optimistic.

(Honestly, I was not really a fan of the first game.[1] I found it boring and I couldn't have cared any less about the main characters. So maybe taking this route will actually lead to a good game that's worth $60.)

It will just be Oblivion with Aliens.

Think about it:

It will be released by Bethesda.
The Open World is there.
The npcs that will give you side quests are there.
The merchants from which you will buy armors and weapons are there.
You will loot corpses.
Instead of having spiritual abilities 'cause you're an indian,you will get them by buying them from special npcs. "Mage's Guild"
It won't have multiplayer.

[1] To be perfectly honest, the only reason I picked up the first 'Prey' was because it boasted a four hour score written by Jeremy Soule... and even that was disappointing.

If they managed to make all those promises come true and work well, then this game will be amazing. I must say though, if I was a fan of the original Prey, I would be steaming mad right now. I hate games that end on a cliffhanger, and then the sequel has nothing to do with anything. F.E.A.R. 2 almost suffered my wrath because of this, but they did a well enough job tying the stories together, and now that F.E.A.R. 3 is going back to the character(s) from the first game, I'm happy.

Tank207:
Oh come on! I've been anxiously waiting five years for this game and this is what they come up with? I don't mind changes in game-play as much, but I would have been happy with them at least keeping the atmosphere, main character and story intact. The the Native American mythology was one of the things that made the game interesting and different from everything else. And some of the mind bending portal stuff was really amazing when the game first came out.

From this it sounds like they're removing everything I loved about the first one. I've never been this disappointed in news of a sequel before.

I'm shuddering at the thought of what they're going to do to the soundtrack. The music alone was one of the reasons Prey became the first game I got for my 360 that I absolutely loved.

Pretty much this.

The first time I saw footage of the first Prey, I was pretty excited to see stuff of this quality on the (back then) next gen systems. I enjoyed the game a lot when it came out and I certainly was looking forward to the sequel.

BUT, maybe this is the first time I'm dissapointed by the sequel when I even haven't got the chance to play it. I mean, it would've been perfectly fine if they called the game differently and call it a spiritual succesor, or an entirely new IP for that matter.

For now, I'm VERY exceptical right now, not to mention dissapointed.

just by looking at the caracter under the prey 2 logo, one can tell that this game may be doomed to mediocrity. I mean just look at the guy, another cookie cutter bad ass with an armor and futuristic guns.

Hell, I even bet he is bald.

Yeah, this makes no sense. I mean, it actually sounds like a cool game, as it's blending a lot of features that I enjoy, but who knows how well they'll actually work? And why are they including Prey at all if it doesn't at least have the gravity-switching mechanics of the first? That was, like, the whole point. I really enjoyed the first game, so I have no idea why it is that this is basically going to be a completely different game with nothing more than a few token nods.

Far Cry 2, Command&Conquer: Generals and now Prey 2.

Stop using famous/well-known names to promote your game! Even if the game turned out to be good, people will still complain!

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