The rumors have gotten louder and louder over the last month. “Has Prey 2 been cancelled?” Bethesda refused to comment on the rumors in all that time, but today they’ve finally spoken out. There’s good news and bad news. UPDATED 4.20.12.
UPDATE 4.20.12: ShackNews claims to have an insider source at Human Head who’s given them new information regarding the Prey 2 situation. Their report states that after Human Head became dissatisfied over their deal with Bethesda, the developer staged a mini mutiny, stopping all work on the game last November and refusing to do anymore until the deal was revised. It sounds like Bethesda didn’t blink, and now the future of Human Head’s involvement with the game is in jeopardy. ShackNews suggests that Bethesda may even bring in a new developer to finish the game, which I have to agree, seems likely, unless the situation with Human Head is resolved.
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Prey 2 hasn’t been cancelled, according to Bethesda Softworks’ Director of Global PR. But it’s been delayed “indefinitely.” In other words, don’t expect to see it this year.
Here’s the straight-to-the-point statement Bethesda sent out:
Development of Prey 2 has not been cancelled but the game will not be released in 2012 as planned. The delay is due to the fact that game development has not progressed satisfactorily this past year, and the game does not currently meet our quality standards. Prey 2 has shown great promise and we regret disappointing our fans. We have made a substantial investment in game development to deliver the experience fans want. We are determined only to release the AAA game that fans rightfully expect, and are unwilling to compromise our quality standards to meet a release schedule.
Prey 2 has been in development and production at Human Head Studios for several years now. It was originally announced back in early 2008 by 3D Realms’ Scott Miller, who was said to be managing the game’s creation under his “Radar Group” umbrella. But in early 2011, it was announced that Bethesda had gained the rights to publish the game, and that its creative direction had shifted pretty radically. Instead of following up on the story of Native American protagonist Domasi “Tommy” Tawodi from the first game, the sequel will focus on Killian Samuels, an air marshal who winds up on the alien world Exodus via mysterious means. There, on this dark, noir-ish world, he works as a bounty hunter trying to recover his memories — particularly those surrounding his abduction to this place.
The game generated some major buzz at last year’s E3, where a flashy trailer and some cool gameplay mechanics were shown off. But last month, rumors began suggesting the game had been cancelled. It didn’t help matters that both Bethesda and Human Head refused to comment on the situation in any way. Until today, at least.
Is it just me, or does the tone of Bethesda’s statement sound a little like a slap-on-the-wrist toward Human Head?