Mark your calendars: June 22 is the day to look forward to the Prey demo. According to this 3D Realms announcement, the demo will be available for both PC and Xbox 360, showcasing five levels containing both single and multiplayer modes from the full game.
More information on Prey can be found in the game’s latest weekly update.
2K Games will be hosting quite a few events at its booth at this year’s E3. Below is the full schedule:
Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 1-2:30, 3:30-4pm, 4:30pm-5pm
Who: Marc Silvestri and Paul Jenkins are the co-creators of the comic book The Darkness, as well as contributors to the upcoming, gritty, action/adventure game for next generation consoles that is based on the comic.
Thursday, May 12th
Time: 2-3pm, 3:30pm-4pm
Who: Adam West, the voice of Mayor of Quahog in the cult cartoon the Family Guy, will reprise his role in the upcoming humorous action/adventure video game based on this popular cartoon.
Multi-Player Prey Tournament:
Come take part in an 8-player head-to-head PC tournament with Prey, the upcoming PC/Xbox 360 FPS game from 2K, developed by Human Head Studios and produced by 3D Realms.
Wednesday: Signup and Qualifying throughout the day (first come, first served)
Thursday: Semi-finals begin at 9:30am
Friday: Finals at 11am and Championship Game at 3pm
The Grand prize is a VoodooPC HEXX gaming PC customized for Prey, with premium prizes from AMD, Creative and Logitech. In addition, attendees who play Prey at the 2K booth receive a free Prey customized Func Original sUrface1030 mousing surface (while supplies last), courtesy of ATI and 2K.
The Limited Collector’s Edition will include an original copy of Prey and include a special metal packaging, two die-cast pewter figurines (pictured) including the lead character Tommy and the alien Hunter, a free download to a Prey soundtrack, and a copy of “The Art of Prey” book featuring collected conceptual and development images from artists behind the game. The Limited Edition of the game will be available on DVD-ROM only.
Gamers who pre-order either the standard or Limited edition of the game will receive a die-cast pewter figurine of Mutate. The Mutate is a melding of the DNA of human and alien victims; it possesses a massive claw in the game that can impale its enemies.
Prey is due for release this July.
The ninth weekly development update for Prey has been posted, discussing the Xbox 360 version of the game. Here’s a bit from the lengthy post, which also offers a screenshot from the Microsoft console version on the right.
Prey really stretches the Doom3 engine, sometimes in ways it wasn’t designed for. It aims to create a convincingly organic-looking alien world full of curves and natural shapes from an engine designed around box-shaped rooms, and features many additional shaders and special effects that take the visuals far beyond the original Doom3 engine. This extra load meant the coding team had to work hard on optimising the code, removing bottlenecks and spreading the load across the three cores at the heart of the 360 to hit our target of a constant 30fps framerate. We have also had one coder, Mick, working for the best part of 6 months using the 360 performance analysis tools to identify the slower areas of code and rewrite, or in many cases replace routines with low-level machine code to squeeze the best from the machine.
Also included in the update is a group picture of the development team.