New Prey gameplay trailer demonstrates the value of turning into a coffee cup

It came to light a couple of weeks ago that Prey will give you the ability to transform into a coffee cup. Why would you want to do that? To get into small places, obviously! Coffee cups don't have legs, you say? Right, well, just watch this new gameplay trailer out of Gamescom to see how it's done. 

That is actually pretty clever, isn't it? I haven't seen this kind of action since that weird little bottle labeled "Drink Me." It does make me wonder what happens if you, in mug form, roll yourself off a table and smash into a thousand pieces, but perhaps that doesn't happen because you're not actually a mug, you just look like one. I'm sure all will be made clear in good time. 

There's a bit of an Alien: Isolation vibe to the look, says one observer in the PC Gamer office, but I'm getting more of a System Shock 2 feel from it. And despite the fact that there's no connection between the new Prey and the original, the zero-G bit at the end reminds me just a tiny little bit of those outside-the-ship views in the first game, like an almost imperceptible hat-tip.

Prey is set to come out sometime in 2017. You can dig deeper into what's coming in our Prey coverage from Quakecon.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.