"Good morning Morgan. I'm Doctor Bellamy, looks like we got some tests to run today." - Dr. Sylvian Bellamy
Prey, the interstellar alien horror game, throws players into the mind of Morgan Yu, a scientist in charge of the newly green-lit Talos-1 spaceship. Everything seems to be going just as planned, the beautiful horizon and helicopter ride showcase the amazing detail Bethesda put into this game. Prior to boarding the ship, you must go through a series of tests. During the tests, the scientists seem to be confused why you solve them in the manner in which you chose. More begins to be questioned until a coffee cup held by Dr. Sylvian Bellamy transforms into an alien and attacks the scientists.
When you awake back in your apartment you are ordered by a mysterious operator with your voice named January. Once you find something to break the window with, the massive mystery begins and your world is literally shattered.
Once you escape the room you realize that day you just lived was all part of an elaborate simulation to monitor your behavior. Outside of the room you fight the alien species known as the Typhon. The Typhon have broken containment somehow and everyone now knows all that Talos has accomplished has been because of the Typhon. The scientific headway created by Morgan and his brother Alex named neuromods come from experiments done to Typhon organisms.
This Leads To The Ultimate Question: What Happened To The Real Morgan Yu?
It is hinted at the beginning of the game that you aren't what you seem. When you're taking the tests, the scientist is questioning why you solved them humanly.
In one test you are asked to hide in any way that feels "natural." The natural way for you would be to mimic the chair in the room but you cannot. Another is to push a button on the opposite side of the room, a Typhon could extend an arm to push it, but instead you can only run across the room.
Later, after acquiring neuromods or triggering certain events you have a sort of "awakening" when you start to remember events prior to your neuromod's removal. In a final memory your normal human hands become black Typhon arms.
To understand the present, we must first understand the past. Reading a lot of the in-game text that you can find around Talos 1, you learn the Typhon have been around for many years prior to the events of Prey. Originally the Russians came across the Typhon on the moon, some Typhon killed a few Russians but only as a means to breed. It is noted that it would be possible to solve Typhon aggressiveness by using neuromods to create mirror neurons (which Typhons do not naturally have), allowing them to empathize like humans do. The Typhon came back to earth with the Russians but remained dormant for years after.
Audio Logs And Documents Found On Talos-1
In one of the audio logs there's a mention of someone being surprised about Morgan being on the space station when he was supposed to be on Earth. Did Morgan perhaps escape the chaos on Talos-1 and spread the Typhon to Earth himself? When you follow the quest 'Who is December' (December being an operator like January) later in the game you get Alex's escape pod key. If you ignore the multiple phone calls you get from Alex and January and use the escape pod you fly out and get the error screen we keep seeing and you get Alex saying "We have failed, this is not the one."
Later in books that you find, you learn of a woman going on a walk with her dog and then leaving her dog in a city after loads of sirens went off and there was a pink mist in the sky? She said there were jets flying over and they were bombing something near a football stadium and in one of the later books they actually nuke a city. Perhaps that was the start of the Typhon taking over Earth?
It is never known for certain what starts the outbreak or what happens to the original Morgan. At some point in the game you can retrieve logs of the original Morgan suggesting it would be possible to solve Typhon aggressiveness by using neuromods. That's your first hint that you're not actually playing Morgan but rather the result of his idea being experimented upon. Could Morgan have failed aboard Talos-1? Was Talos-1 even a real operation?
This Is The World Today
You, Morgan Yu, are a Typhon alien. At the end of the game (depending on how you played, if you saved or killed people on Talos, and how you decide to deal with the Typhon) you wake up in a room with Alex and Operators in the voices of the people you meet aboard Talos-1. The test conducted on hybrid-Morgan came from the original Morgan himself. If you are shown to have true human qualities you can be the bridge between the humans and the Typhon. You are given the final in game choice: help Alex, or kill them all.
Earth is ravaged by coral, the very thing you were fighting to stop. The Typhon escaping and reaching earth has happened. What would you do if you were in the hybrid-Morgan's shoes? Do you agree to help and hopefully put an end to this madness? Or do you channel your true nature and kill them all for what they've allowed to happen? Remember, as Morgan said, to make things right someone has to die.