Arkane Studios have explained why there isn’t a Prey PC demo, it comes in the form of development resource management and a recently added Steam feature.
Raphael Colantonio, Co-Creative Director of Arkane Studios told Ausgamers that resource allocation played a part in deciding whether to make a PC demo or one for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There is another defining factor, though, Steam refunds.
It’s just a resource assignment thing. We couldn’t do a demo on both the console and on the PC, we had to choose. And besides, PC has Steam. Steam players can just return the game [prior to playing] 2 hours so it’s like a demo already. I also want to clarify that there’s no PC port.
Elaborating on the PC not being a port of the console version, Colantonio went on further explaining
We have always developed our games on PC, we’re PC developers. The thing on PC though, sometimes it’s just the wrong timing. The drivers just came out at the same time as your game, or the hardware combinations out there are so numerous that we can’t test absolutely everything and sometimes that’s just what it is. Bad timing, bad luck. But we’ve worked on it a lot. I’m not saying there won’t be any problem at all, but I’m pretty confident right now.
Prey launches for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the 5th May.