SHOCKING NEWS: Bethesda "finally" confirms that Human Head's Prey 2 is cancelled

Mr. Tibbs

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http://www.cnet.com/news/bethesda-confirms-prey-2-cancelled/

Officially announced back in 2011, Prey 2 was the sequel to 2006's Prey. The story concentrated on US Marshall Killian Samuels, abducted by aliens and now working as an amnesiac bounty hunter on the alien world Exodus, struggling to remember his past.

A slick trailer caught the attention of fans but news around the title slowly dropped off and it seemed as if it was firmly in development hell.

At PAX Australia, Bethesda vice president Pete Hines has confirmed to CNET that Prey 2 is now officially cancelled.

"It was game we believed in, but we never felt that it got to where it needed to be - we never saw a path to success if we finished it," Hines said.

"It wasn't up to our quality standard and we decided to cancel it. It's no longer in development. That wasn't an easy decision, but it's one that won't surprise many folks given that we hadn't been talking about it.

"Human Head Studios is no longer working on. It's a franchise we still believe we can do something with -- we just need to see what that something is."
 
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It sucks when a game gets cancelled that some are looking forward to, but it's better when there's at least closure.
 

dancrane212

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So the system shock style reboot by the Dishonered team could just be rebranded right?

Either way it's a shame, the e3 demo from 2011 was very impressive.
 
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I guess now we know the timeline for a PR response confirming negative news but not restarting the news cycle - how long ago were the reported rumours that Bethesda had basically bullied Human Head into dissolution and the dismissal of the rumours by the claim that Prey 2 was totally still being worked on?
 

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What a misleading headline. The key quote:

"Human Head Studios is no longer working on. It's a franchise we still believe we can do something with -- we just need to see what that something is."
Human Head's Prey 2 was cancelled years ago. Arkane Austin started working on their own version in mid-2013.
 

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Bethesda and quality standards is an oxymoron.
There are accounts from various developers/people that Bethesda's publishing side will provide a vague set of milestones that need to be met, then, once development has progressed far enough, they'll arbitrarily say development isn't up to snuff and will threaten to cancel the project unless the developer sells themselves to Bethesda.

Human Head decided to have a strike of sorts after this "proposal" and that ended up causing their version of Prey 2 to be canceled.
 

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What a misleading headline. The key quote:



Human Head's Prey 2 was cancelled years ago. Arkane Austin started working on their own version in mid-2013.
Do you think it's likely that they've decided to rebrand the game completely instead of using the Prey 2 title though? Especially after all that press sneak fuck stuff. Lol.