Why Prey's Aliens Are Different Than Anything You've Encountered

Ben Reeves

In the late 1950s, man first began to reach for the stars. Unfortunately in Prey’s alternate history, the first thing we grabbed hold of was an alien menace called the Typhon. This one small, shadow-like creature proved so hostile to humanity’s existence that our world’s greatest minds locked the creature away inside an orbital space station. Flash forward nearly 70 years, and that small orbital “prison” has grown into a monolithic research facility owned by the mega-corporation TranStar – and that single Typhon has evolved into an entire race of monstrous creatures that could haunt a generation of nightmares. Join us as we take a deeper look into the abilities and behaviors of Prey’s devious new enemies.

CystoidsCystoids are the smallest Typhon creatures that players encounter in Prey, but their size can be deceptively disarming. About the size of a softball, these creatures make up for their diminutive size with some explosive firepower, and these little firecrackers tend to travel in packs and live in Cystoid Nests. Cystoids aren’t deep thinkers, so the second they sense movement, they take off on a Kamikaze mission that ends in a tiny explosion. Fortunately, Cystoids kill themselves when they explode, so as long as players are aware of their surroundings, they can easily deal with these nests by tossing a random object in their direction. Arkane’s Take:“They have the smallest minds,” says lead designer Ricardo Bare.

“They’re like a creature – like a fish – they’re very simple. They’re placed in these nests almost like mines, and they’re attracted to motion – anything like a physics object or a player running past them. [Outside of zero g], they roll on the ground like a carpet of soccer balls chasing you. ” MimicsThe Mimic was the first Typhon humans encountered, and they are some of the craftiest. These arachnid-like Typhons have the ability to camouflage themselves by assuming the form of nearly any ordinary object within the environment.

We saw Mimics become trash cans, coffee mugs, and musical instruments. Mimics are extremely agile and can bounce around the environment, easily dodging gunfire before wrapping their tendrils around their victim’s throat. Players can dismantle these creatures and learn this mimic ability for themselves. Arkane’s Take:“They’re sort of the progenitors of the whole ecology,” Bare says. “One Mimic can start the whole thing all over again, if just one survives.


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