When players step into the shoes of Morgan Yu, they’ll be able to choose a male or female lead.
In both Dishonored 2 and Prey, developer Arkane Studios has made it a priority to allow players to select which gender their avatar will be. While Dishonored 2 features two different character arcs with two different protagonists, Prey will simply let players pick the gender of protagonist Morgan Yu.
Prey’s narrative design is less ambitious than Dishonored 2’s story (which Co-Creative Director Harvey Smith says players will need to play more than once to understand), but it’s also much more intimate. In the horror setting, gender selection is just one more way players can feel at home while fighting off whatever evil is on the other side of your gun.
It’s fantastic to see developers catering to all gamers with moves like this. While the replayability is dampened by gender not impacting story, it also means that you’re free to make whatever decisions you want in a single playthrough and not have to wonder “what if?”
Compare the trailer above to the E3 original:
Again, everything is overwhelmingly the same, but the minor tonal differences in the male and female voice give off slightly different emotions. Arkane’s choice might not matter to everyone, but to some, it’ll make all the difference.