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Prey's "Secrets From the Announce Trailer" video teases something in the coffee cup

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If the “new” Prey teaser released today, called Secrets from the Announce Trailer, strikes you as oddly familiar, it's likely because you saw this video last week. Both were recorded in June at E3, presumably during the same session, and Bethesda is now drip-feeding the information they contain to the world at large. But while the video isn't really new in the strictest sense of the word, at least some of what it has to say is. 

The E3 reveal trailer didn't actually reveal much at all, but Arkane Co-Creative Director Raphael Colantonio says there's more to it than meets the eye. There's something about the coffee cups, for instance, and also the chair, which is actually an alien who either wants you to be comfortable, or wants you to be lunch. Also interesting is that the space station in which the game takes place will be an entirely open environment. 

“Everything is contiguous. You can always come back to where you were before. The content might have changed," Colantonio says. "And you can also visit its outside in zero-G, and go from different airlock to different airlock to find shortcuts.” 

It's fair to say that as secrets go, nothing uncovered in this video is quite up to the standard of, say, whatever it is that Blizzard is currently hiding in Overwatch. But the promise of a new sci-fi FPS with gameplay echoes of Dishonored is definitely something worth paying attention to. Prey is currently slated for launch in 2017.

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.