One hour demo of Prey coming to consoles on April 27

If you’ve been curious about Arkane’s new sci-fi adventure, but haven’t yet decided on buying it, you’ll be happy to hear that Prey is getting a full scale demo on April 27 for the Xbox One and PS4.

The demo will give you a chance to see Talos I in all it’s pre-disaster glory, get some boots on the ground experience with Morgan Yu, and begin to unravel Prey’s mysterious storyline. Arkane also released a brand new snippet of gameplay from the title to promote the demo.

Become Prey Early

The demo itself covers the events of the opening hour of the game and should give players a significant tease before the game officially launches on May 5.

Be sure to check out our hands-on thoughts on the first hour of the title if you’re interested in getting a sneak peak of what you can expect from the demo.

There’s no word yet on whether the “opening hour” means you’ll be stopped at a specific point designated as the one hour mark in the story, or whether you’ll have a gameplay timer that’ll lock you out after a certain period of time (similar to the ten hour free trial of Mass Effect: Andromeda), but if it's the same as the press demo we did a few months back then it will feature a story progression cut-off, after which you'll still be able to run around and explore the areas which you've already unlocked.

There’s no doubt fans would prefer the former so they can maximize the time they take to explore Talos I and play with Prey’s unique combat system, but either way it’s hard to complain about a free opportunity to get some hands-on time with Arkane’s newest sci-fi epic a week before release.

What is a little concerning is the fact that the demo is only available on PS4 and Xbox One. Considering the performance optimization issues Dishonored 2 launched with on the PC, a lot of players were hoping to get a chance to test their rig against Arkane’s newest project before they opened their wallets to a potentially poorly optimized title.

It’s possible this is because Arkane wants to give the game a bit more polish on the PC before release, but PC players are just going to have to wait and see how the game performs at launch.