Prey 2 isn't exactly the Prey you remember, adopting an open world design and a whole new protagonist, Killian Samuels. Fans of the first game will be happy to hear, however, that Tommy isn't totally out of the picture. In fact, he makes multiple appearances in the second game and plays an important part in the story. So says Human Head's Chris Rhinehart.
"He's a character that you encounter many times throughout the game," explained Rhinehart. "It's not just a single cameo where he shows up and takes off. He's integral to the story and events on Exodus. One of the big things is, the unique abilities that Tommy has, specifically spirit walk and death walk, are integral to his role and how he actually fits into the story."
The developers wanted Tommy's involvement in Prey 2 to be a surprise, so his appearance was kept a secret until recently. "When we started we didn't want to reveal Tommy initially. We wanted to hold it back and make it a surprise for people that Tommy is still an important part of the game," Rhinehart adds.
Still, Human Head didn't want to focus the story entirely on Tommy. A new lead offered the studio a chance to explore a new direction for Prey. "Really what it comes down to is we wanted to tell other stories in the Prey universe. We wanted to expand it and show the breadth of this universe that we were creating. New character, different mechanics, new visuals, but Tommy is still a critical character."