An early prototype of Prey, 3D Realms, a portal-based first-person shooter, has hit the internet.
This prototype allowed fans to see a specific version of the game that had never been seen before. Interestingly, the 3D Realms Prototype leak came just months after the leaker revealed his 2001 build of the much-delayed Duke Nukem Forever by the same studio.
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Prey was officially announced in 1995 by 3D Realms. This was a very unique game for its time, as it was supposed to give the player the opportunity to travel through the world in which the game was set. But as fate would have it, this particular mechanic or technique was introduced into the mainstream space by Valve. via portal.
3D Realms has long been known to game fans as the company that played a key role in the development of Wolfenstein, a game partially inspired by Rise of the Triad. 3D Realms worked on various prototypes for the game, but could not come up with a suitable story or gameplay style for Prey. As a game title, Prey greatly excited gaming enthusiasts when demos of his portal technology were shown at his E3s in 1997 and 1998.
Technical and other issues kept Prey out of action for years. The company experienced some difficulties while trying to put the project together. Gamers finally got a chance to try Prey when it officially launched in 2006. The game was powered by the id Tech 4 engine and ran on a scaled down version of Portal Tech.
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Through a post shared on r/Gaming Leaks And Rumors, a Redditor entered dragonpunch and revealed information that Prey’s prototype build of 3D Realms, developed in November 1995, was leaked online. The Redditor also shared that the prototype was posted on his website Archive.org.
From the description on the website page, we can see that the build is fully playable and players can access the in-game console with a few changes to the display mode. This particular file also contains several demo files that the player can play using commands given to the console. This leak comes from a user who goes by the screen name hogsy. It is currently unknown how the leaker obtained this prototype.