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Watch aliens turn into furniture in this eight-minute Prey gameplay trailer

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Bethesda has unveiled a new trailer showcasing nearly nine minutes of Prey gameplay, touching on everything from basic gunplay to neuromods, the fabrication system, and creative uses of the Mimic power. But the most intriguing part of the whole thing might be the GLOO cannon: Its ability to make otherwise unreachable areas accessible doesn't get a lot of airtime, but as an inveterate videogame explorer, it's the thing I'll really want to get my hands on. 

The whole video is giving me powerful "Shock" vibes: The well-appointed Talos 1 space station, littered with dead bodies and hostile aliens, could've been lifted straight from System Shock 2, and the neuromod powers are pure BioShock. You even acquire them by injecting yourself, albeit in the eye rather than the arm—a process that apparently isn't nearly as big a deal as I would've expected. The "Looking Glass terminals" are a nice touch, too. Looking Glass Studios was the co-developer, along with Irrational Games, of System Shock 2.

All in all, Prey looks to be coming along quite nicely. There's still no release date, but Raphael Colantonio of Arkane said at The Game Awards last night that it's expected to be ready to go in the spring of 2017.

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.