Prototype (stylized as "[PROTOTYPE]") is an action game developed by Radical Entertainment and based on an original IP developed in-house. The game was released in North America on June 9, 2009, and will be released in southwestern parts of North America on June 10, in Oceania on June 10 and in Europe on June 12. The game is available on Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 platforms. Prototype was released a day early in Australia.
The game is set in New York City as a virus infects people and the military attemps to put an end to it. The protagonist of the story is named Alex Mercer, who has enemy-absorbing and shapeshifting powers. He can take memories, experiences, biomass and physical forms of the enemies through absorption. Alex can also shapeshift into more specialized forms for attack, defense or sensory enhancement. All of these together are intended to give players multiple ways to complete their objectives. Parallel to the game's storyline is the ability to play the game as a sandbox-style video game giving the player free roam of New York City.
Operating System: Windows� XP (with Service Pack 3) and DirectX� 9.0c or (Windows Vista� with Service Pack 2)
Video Card: 256 MB 3D hardware accelerator card required - 100% DirectX� 9.0c with Shader Model 3 support*
Processor: Pentium(R) Intel Core� 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ or better
RAM: 1 GB of RAM for Windows � XP / 2 GB Windows � Vista systems
Hard Drive Space: 8 GB of uncompressed hard disk space (Plus 500MB for swap file.)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 –compliant sound card
100% Windows(R) XP/Vista - compatible mouse, keyboard and drivers
100% Windows(R) XP/Vista - compatible 4X DVD-ROM drive or better (600 K/sec sustained transfer rate) and drivers
*Supported Chipsets for Windows(R) XP and Vista All NVIDIA� GeForce™ 7800 256 MB and better chipsets All ATI� Radeon™ X1800 256 MB and better chipsets