Prey (2017)

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This page is for the game released in 2017. For the game released in 2006, see Prey.

Prey
Prey cover
Developers
Arkane Studios
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
CryEngine (4th generation)[1]
Release dates
Windows May 5, 2017
Reception
Metacritic 82
OpenCritic 81
IGDB 76
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres FPS, Immersive sim
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Prey
Prey (2017) on HowLongToBeat
Prey (2017) on IGDB
Prey (2017) on MobyGames
Prey (2017) on Wikipedia
Prey
Prey (2017) 2017
Prey: Typhon Hunter 2018

Key points

Steam owners of the Deluxe Edition or Mooncrash DLC automatically receive Prey: Typhon Hunter, which contains the multiplayer mode and TranStar VR.

General information

Bethesda Support Website
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Some copies may only include the Steam installer.
Windows
Bethesda.net
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Windows
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
Game runs without Epic Games Launcher, but language cannot be changed.
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Windows
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed from the Steam version on July 23, 2020.[2]

Version differences[edit]

Steam owners of the Deluxe Edition or Mooncrash DLC automatically receive Prey: Typhon Hunter, which contains the multiplayer mode and TranStar VR.
Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack DLC is an integrated part of the base game on GOG.com.
Mooncrash DLC is an integrated part of the base game on Epic Games Store.

Demo[edit]

A demo is available on Steam: steam://install/609380.

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack Preorder bonus on Steam. Integrated into base game on GOG.com.
Windows
Mooncrash Steam version includes Prey: Typhon Hunter for free.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the -skipArkIntro command line argument
This method only skips the Arkane and Bethesda logo sequences.
Use the skip intro videos option of Prey Interface Customizer
Manually remove/rename the intro videos[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\GameSDK\Videos\.
  2. Delete or rename ArkaneLogoAnim_Redux_1080p2997_ST-16LUFS.bk2, Bethesda_logo_anim_white.bk2, LegalScreens.bk2, and Ryzen_Bumper.bk2.
  3. If you also wish to remove the intro videos for the Mooncrash DLC, go to <path-to-game>\Whiplash\GameSDK\Videos\.
  4. Delete or rename ArkaneLogoAnim_Redux_1080p2997_ST-16LUFS.bk2, Bethesda_logo_anim_white.bk2 and LegalScreens.bk2.

Notes

Be careful; the names of other video files may contain spoilers.

Prey Interface Customizer[edit]

Makes it easy to adjust various elements of the user interface, input, and graphics otherwise, as well as include new features and quality of life changes.
Use Prey Interface Customizer
For GOG.com version, use beta version.

Add missing lighting, shadows and reflections[edit]

Adds missing shadows, volumetric lights and fog, reflections, particle effects, sun flares, improved view distance (editable in-game via an advanced settings menu), parallax occlusion mapping, and persistent decals, among others.
This mod is only for the main game, not the Mooncrash DLC.
Use Real Lights plus Ultra Graphics Mod

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey_Epic\
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey_MS\
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/480490/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey_Epic\<user-id>\SaveGames\
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey_MS\SaveGames\
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/480490/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Save files and key bindings.
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

In-game basic video settings
In-game basic video settings
In-game advanced video settings
In-game advanced video settings
In-game gameplay settings
In-game gameplay settings
In-game interactive screens settings
In-game interactive screens settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Ultra-widescreen
Game is Vert-
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider from 60° to 120° horizontal. Use Flawless Widescreen and a modified version of its included script for values up to 150°.
Use PRIC to adjust the weapon FOV or have a fixed FOV when sprinting.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
SMAA, FXAA and Temporal SMAA 1TX & 2TX. Turning off AA disables object highlighting.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 144 FPS. See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

High frame rate[edit]

Custom FPS cap[4]
  1. Open the game and make a change to any video setting.
  2. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  3. Open game.cfg.
  4. Change sys_MaxFPS = 144 to the desired FPS cap.
  5. Save the changes.

Notes

Changing the value to 0 caps the frame rate at 60 FPS.
Alternatively, higher frame rates can also be achieved by turning on V-sync. This introduces some input lag, but the amount is very small at frame rates over 144.

Post-processing[edit]

Use Prey Interface Customizer[citation needed]
Can disable motion blur and change the image sharpening amount.
Disable motion blur[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Create a file called autoexec.cfg and open it with a text editor like Notepad.
  3. Add the line r_MotionBlur = 0 and save the file.

Notes

Alternatively as a solution for the Xbox Game Pass version:
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open game.cfg.
  3. Add the line r_MotionBlur = 0 and save the file.
  4. Save the changes.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Weapon wheel (middle mouse button) can't be remapped in-game. See Remapping for a workaround. Some minor commands (i.e. closing certain tutorials) are permanently bound to the default keys.
Mouse acceleration
Not present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput has been reintroduced in the Blood Moon update.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Remapping is available by enabling the game's official SIAPI implementation through the game's options menu.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Steam and Nintendo Switch prompts are only available through enabling SIAPI.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
The Blood Moon update has added the option to disable SIAPI through the game's options menu to enable the game's Xinput.
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Remapping[edit]

Rebind weapon wheel manually in config file[6]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey\Profiles\default\.
  2. Open actionmaps.xml with Notepad.
  3. Look for the line <actionmap name="player"> and paste the following code below it.
  <action name="enter_focusmode">
   <rebind device="keyboard" input="b" defaultInput="mouse3"/>
  </action>
  <action name="mouse_enter_focusmode">
   <rebind device="keyboard" input="b" defaultInput="mwheel_up"/>
  </action>
  <action name="mouse_enter_focusmode">
   <rebind device="keyboard" input="b" defaultInput="mwheel_down"/>
  </action>
In this example the weapon wheel is now remapped to B on your keyboard. This can be changed to your liking.

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings
In-game audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
No master volume.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1.[7]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Czech
Fan translation. Download.
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Not shown on Steam.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Prey 2017 (DX11).
vorpX
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

Kirk Remmer not spawning[edit]

Edit the save files
  1. Make a backup of your current saves and disable Steam Cloud.
  2. Go to the Cargo Bay and make a new manual save, then quit the game.
  3. Go to your save game location and to the manual# folder for the save you made in step 2.
  4. Move the lifesupport.level file to another folder.
  5. Start the game and load the manual save from step 2.
  6. Enter Life Support (you will know it worked when there are enemies and the level has reset) and make your way down to the Escape Pods.
  7. If you go into the Escape Pods and don't find a phantom named kirk Remmer, quit the game and delete the lifesupport.level file from the manual# folder and try again.
  8. If you go into the Escape Pods and find him, kill him and loot him, the objective should update.
  9. Go back to the Cargo Bay and once inside save over the manual save you made in step 2 and quit the game.
  10. Move the original lifesupport.level file (the one moved to another folder in step 4) into the manual# folder overwriting the one you just used to find Kirk Remmer.
  11. Continue as normal from the save in step 9.

Get rid of aliasing/jaggies[edit]

Edit config file[8]
  1. Go to the configuration file.
  2. Add these lines:
    r_AntialiasingMode = 4 
    r_AntialiasingTAAPattern = 11
    r_motionblur = 0
    
  3. Save and close.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 2.7e

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2400
AMD FX-8320
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7850
2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/480490/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (480490) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References