Prey Weapons, Gadgets & Gear Trailer - Hardware Labs

Bethesda has released a new trailer for Prey, titled “Hardware Labs”. The video showcases some of the gadgets, gears and weapons that we’ll be using to survive the alien invasion on board the Talos I. It includes the Gloo Cannon, Transcribe Unit, Recycler Charge, and more.

Prey Weapons, Gadgets & Gear Trailer - Hardware Labs
Prey Weapons, Gadgets & Gear Trailer – Hardware Labs

There’s a new trailer up for Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi FPS, Prey. This time around, we get to see some of the gadgets and weapons that will feature in the game. The trailer is called “Hardware Labs”, and it’s presented as a hardware update video for TranStar employees. All gear descriptions are very tongue-in-cheek, showing that the game has a sense of humor about itself. We can see hints of the mechanics that Prey rests on, and even some threats that aren’t specifically alien-related. Let’s break it down.

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  • Transcribe Unit
    This basically works as the in-game menu. As the trailer says, “it’s capable of voice chat, email, station navigation and inventory management”. This is flat-out telling us that this will be our inventory, map screen and main communication method throughout Prey. It might also be hinting that we’ll be getting voice messages, meaning that contact with humans isn’t completely cut off. We’ll also be able to go through our neuromod enhancements here, as well as objectives and so on.
  • Recycler Charge
    This is one of the more important mechanics of Prey, it seems. The Recycler Charge cartoonishly sucks in everything in the vicinity and deconstructs it into base materials. In other words, we’ll be able to use the gadget to get raw crafting materials; crafting being an important element of Prey. However, it seems that we’ll also be able to use the Charge as a weapon, since it can also deconstruct Typhon.
  • Engineering Operator
    The Engineering Operators are autonomous maintenance robots. Since their wiring shouldn’t be exposed, they also have small shields. And, as luck would have it, some of them can just happen to turn hostile and torch us with flame throwers. Fortunately, the wiring is vulnerable to heat, it seems.
  • Gloo Cannon
    The Gloo Cannon is another multipurpose weapon/gadget in Prey. Gloo is an acronym of Gelofoam Lattice Organism Obstructor, and it has two main uses. The first and most obvious is to incapacitate the Typhon, allowing you to either run away or kill them more easily. However, the “Lattice” in the name suggests that we’ll be able to use the Gloo Cannon in order to create platforms, in order to reach areas that were previously cut off.
  • Typhon Lure
    This little gadget works as a “psycholuminescent night light”, which attracts Typhon. It seems to work with smaller aliens just fine. Whether or not it works as well on the bigger ones, well… We’ll just have to find out. The video does warn that testing requires increased safety measures.

If you want, you can check out the full trailer below. Prey comes out on May 5th, 2017. It’ll be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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