A new trailer for Prey puts the Mimic Matter power even further into the spotlight. Creepy aliens have overrun the space station you’re on, and what better way to fight back than to use their powers against them. Let’s take a look at some of the useful and silly things you can Mimic in Prey.
Turrets? Check. Coffee cup? Sure. Roll of toilet paper? Why the hell not?
The folks at Arkane Studios designed the Mimic Matter power to be used with over 400 items. They never promised every object would be useful. I mean, a banana in space? It gets a chuckle out of me, but I’ll take a turret or robot.
Lead Designer Ricardo Bare talks the obvious ways Mimic affects gameplay. “The most obvious is stealth. It’s a great way to hide from an alien that might be too strong for you. Or, you can get the drop on an alien by ambushing them. It’s also a really good way to access a closed-off area. Maybe there’s a security booth that you don’t have the key to – you could mimic something small enough to slip through a security slot.”
Early Prey gameplay videos showed Mimic in action. In earlier builds, Mimic Matter costs 15 PSI (the resource used to activate powers) initially with extra PSI ticking off as you are whatever object you Mimic. So, don’t expect banana or toilet paper speed runs. Check out around 3:10 in the video above to see it in action from a gameplay perspective.
Mimic Matter can be leveled up too. You can transform into small objects like coffee cups and apples at level 1. Level 2 opens up turrets. Higher levels give you access to Mimic more complex objects like Operator robots.
Mimic Matter sounds cool on paper, but it’ll be up to the encounter design to see the feature flourish. I hope the game goes further than slipping through a small opening to reach an otherwise inaccessible area. Or, just switching to a turret to blast enemies.
So far, Prey looks intriguing. And Bethesda hasn’t let us down with their first-person offerings. If Prey is like DOOM or Wolfenstein, we are in for quite the treat come May 5, 2017.