If you’re already looking forward to the release of Bethesda’s Prey, developed by Arkane Studios, then you know that it is so much more than just a first person shooter. Today we’ll be taking a look at an RPG element of sci-fi shooter Prey with the neuromod system. A device called a neuromodifier allows the player to learn new supernatural abilities, both human and alien, by injecting a serum in the eye which alters neural circuitry. The neuromod system is set up much like a skill tree, allowing the player to customize skills and abilities gained through finding neuromods.
So just what kind of abilities can we expect? A new video released by Bethesda shows us a few possibilities. The first neuromod shown, the Superthermal, creates a proximity explosive which detonates into a superheated plasma column when triggered by an enemy. Also shown is Remote Manipulation, which allows players to psycho-kinetically control objects from a distance. This skill can be used for various purposes, including pulling and throwing objects, or entering a key code from a safe hiding place.
Next, the Kinetic Blast is another weapon ability. This one launches a blast that the player shoots, detonating on impact. The Mimic ability, an alien neuromod and probably my favorite shown, allows the player to transform appearances to that of an inanimate object. This can be used to squeeze through small openings and provide extra mobility or to travel around stealthily.
By allowing customization in the choosing of neuromods, and the creation of innovative solutions through ability combinations, the neuromod system adds an in-depth layer to the gameplay of Prey. For more information on this upcoming game, check out the trailer below. If you’re already hyped for Prey, don’t forget to grab your copy when it releases on May 5, 2017.