In a new post on the official Bethesda blog, and a matching video, the developer shows us the cool part about the lore of the new Prey. Raphael Colantonio, creative director at Arkane, says, “We imagined how things would have gone if we had added one very significant event to our timeline: the discovery of non-terrestrial life forms in the 50s.”
In this alternate timeline of the game that parallels our own, former President JFK focuses much harder on the space race, in response to the discovery of a non-terrestrial life-form, Typhon. This not-so-small change to history leads to Kennedy surviving his assassination attempt, and to him creating, and subsequently taking over, a satellite project the US had with the Soviets, in order to build a research and development station to study the aliens.
This station, called Talos I, has a 60s vibe thanks to the surviving JFK. Talos I thrived for years, researching Typhon organisms, and eventually doing illegal experiments on humans in an effort to give them their abilities.
However, nothing goes as planned in horror games. As stated in the game description, “After awakening on Talos I, Morgan finds the station overrun by a previously contained non-terrestrial entity called Typhon, which the scientists had been studying and using to improve the scope of human abilities. Aided by strange alien-based powers, Morgan must survive the incursion, uncover the mysteries surrounding the Typhon and save humanity from the impending danger aboard the station.”
Prey is set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2017.