If you were expecting to get your hands the Prey demo from Xbox Live Marketplace today, you're in for a bit of a disappointment. Developer 3DRealms president George Broussard said, on the company's website "We do not want 360 people waiting up for the demo or having false expectations. The 360 demo will not appear on Marketplace tonight."
As the next major demo to hit Xbox Live Marketplace, 3D Realms' fantastic-looking first person shooter has generated a great deal of anticipation amongst Live subcribers, who are rightly feeling the promised flow of marketplace content isn't living up to expectations.
We called publisher 2K Games this morning to find out the revised demo release date and were told we could expect it on Marketplace "shortly". Whenever it does hit Live you can expect single and multiplayer teasers across two maps. 2K made no mention as to how big the download file will be.
Perhaps the most interesting element to be explored in Prey, a game in which a Native American car mechanic is beamed aboard a spaceship intent on destroying planet Earth, is the size-based puzzles worked in by developer 3D Realms. At certain points of the game, protagonist Tommy shrinks down to a miniscule size, thus enabling him to explore otherwise inaccessible areas of the environment. Although this concept is nothing new to Mario fans, it's application in an epic alien FPS setting is rather thrilling.
A PC demo has been release as expected, and is available for download today, with the final game hitting retail on July 14th.
To keep your anticipation levels suitably elevated, check out SPOnG's Prey game listings for screens of the Xbox 360
and PC versions
of the game, along with some of the title's concept art