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Portals, gravity shifts dropped for Prey 2

Shifts away from puzzle elements.

2012 first-person shooter Prey 2 will not include the portals and gravity shifts that were central to the first game's appeal.

Why? Because developer Human Head wanted the sequel to be less of a puzzler than the first.

"We explored a lot of the ways you could use portals and gravity in combat, and I really wanted to shift away from making it too much of a puzzle game," lead designer Chris Reinhart told the latest issue of PSM3 magazine (reported by Beefjack.

"Portals and gravity were the functions of The Sphere [the mothership in the original game]. And The Sphere's gone."

Prey 2 is inspired by DICE's Mirror's Edge, Mass Effect, Riddick and Blade Runner.

The main character, Killian Samuels, is a sheriff and prison guard. He is nimble, and can perform Parkour moves.

Gameplay revolves around using wide-open spaces and shadows to sneak up on enemies. The structure is described as "open".

The game will not feature multiplayer and will not support 3D, Kinect or PlayStation Move.

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