Arkane Studios releases a new gameplay trailer for Prey, with the game’s creative director and lead designer walking viewers though the game’s mechanics and features.

Last night during The Game Awards 2016, Arkane Studios showed off a brief gameplay trailer of its upcoming first-person shooter, Prey. The trailer introduced players to some gameplay mechanics, as well as the unique ways players can fend of the shape-shifting alien enemies aboard the Talos 1 Research Station.

Today, Arkane Studios followed up yesterday’s Prey trailer with a longer, more in-depth gameplay video. In the video, which can be seen further below, Arkane Studios’ president and creative director Raphael Colantonio and lead designer Ricardo Bare delve into Prey and discuss what makes it a unique and compelling experience for gamers.

As the video opens, the duo explain how players can explore anywhere on the Talos 1 Research Station. Rather than building a linear-driven RPG game, the team behind Prey wanted to create something that offered players freedom, and allowed them to feel like they were truly on Talos fending for their lives. By allowing players to explore the ship, they can create their own experience and learn the workings of the ship, which will be valuable as they move through the narrative.

Interestingly, the aliens are able to shape shift into just about any object on the ship. This means players will need to always be on their guard, as anything in their environment could be a camouflaged alien. That said, players will also be able to use alien abilities to shift into different objects, allowing them to hide or escape from enemies, or work their way into hard-to-reach places in the ship.

The gameplay also reveals that players won’t be able to run-and-gun in Prey like other shooter games, since weapons and ammo will be in short supply. Rather, players will make use of melee combat weapons like a wrench to fight aliens. This means players will need to be strategic in their approach to battles, and know when to fight or flight. Additionally, players will have access to a Glue Cannon, which will allow them to take on enemies, or create new ways to traverse the ship by creating their own pathways.

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Aside from the gameplay, the visuals look fantastic. The unique art design is reminiscent of Dishonored and Dishonored 2, which isn’t surprising considering Arkane Studios is behind both titles.

After the success of Dishonored, Arkane Studios split itself into two teams, one working on Dishonored 2 and the other on Prey. After mostly positive reviews for Dishonored 2, gamers will undoubtedly have high hopes for the storytelling and immersive experience in Prey. So far, the game looks intense and challenging, while offering players freedom to play as they like. Together, that should mean for another strong offering from Arkane Studios.

What do you think about the new gameplay video for Prey?

Prey is set to release in 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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