Way back in December 2018 Bethesda and Arkane Studios’ Prey got the first of two-promised updates adding VR modes. We had all but given up hope that the second mode would arrive but, surprisingly, it just launched.
The free update adds VR support to Prey’s Typhon Hunter multiplayer mode, which is included with the Mooncrash DLC. In Typhon Hunter, a group of players control small, spider-like aliens that can take on any form. They use this ability to hide within an environment, perhaps as a box in a corner, for example. Another human player is tasked with seeking out the others and killing them before they kill you.
It’s a wonderful premise and we’ll be excited to see how it holds up in VR, which is sure to make the experience much more jumpy. (UPDATE: The patch is available for both PC VR and PSVR headsets, as is the initial VR update. Apologies for the confusion!) We assume that, as with the first VR update, this is only available on the PC version of Prey. We’ve reached out to Bethesda to ask after possible plans for PSVR support.
The first VR update added an all-new, escape room-style puzzle mode to Prey. It recycled some of the game’s original environments. We thought it was polished but a little underwhelming. You could see through the entire thing in less than an hour, for example, and there wasn’t any of the complexity of the wider game’s combat and RPG systems. We haven’t tried Prey’s multiplayer VR support, but perhaps the combination of the two might make this an attractive prospect to VR owners.
What’s Next For Bethesda?
With Prey’s latest VR release, Bethesda has just one prospective VR project left that we know about. That’s the teased VR support for The Elder Scrolls: Blades, though we haven’t seen an update on this since the game’s reveal at E3 2018. Bethesda gave us Skyrim and Fallout 4 in VR, so we’re hoping the company at least has some new VR ports in the works, if not all-new games.