Bethesda: Prey 2 lives, won't be out in 2012

Bethesda has announced Prey 2 is in stable condition, despite last month's reports that the alien hunting sequel was close to cancellation. Today, the publisher issued an update on Human Head Studios progress, denying rumors of its death and offering some insight on the game's troubles:

“Development of Prey 2 has not been canceled 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.”

The studio emphasized it had made a “substantial investment” to the development of the Prey sequel, and as such was dead set on seeing that money go to good use, adding, “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.”

Rumors of Prey 2's demise began when Human Head Studios pulled the title from its GDC 2012 showcase and Bethesda gave no comment on its future in the weeks following the event. Today's statement is good news for those intrigued by Prey 2's Blade Runner-esque concept, but it also indicates some tension behind the scenes. We predicted Prey 2 would miss its 2012 window in 10 games we (probably) won't see until 2013, but now it looks like there's a tiny chance we could be adding it to next year's predictions.


  • IceBlueKirby - April 19, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    Well, at least it is coming out, even if it's going to be a while. I suppose I can wait a while longer, I just hope it doesn't take, what, 14 years like the first one did?
  • ThundaGawd - April 19, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    I actually never heard of the game until that other article announcing that there was a mighty high chance of it being cancelled, and that made me awfully sad, I read up on it in a bunch of places and it seemed like it could have been a great game, I was a bit devastated that it was shot down before I ever got to hear about it, but anyhow, I'm happy to see this is still alive and kicking, gonna keep an eye out for this when it starts to shape up next year :D
  • inkyspot - April 19, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    I am happy that it's not cancelled, More time in the cooker will hopefully make it be a better.
  • Ariaka - April 19, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    Still hoping this gets released sooner than later.
  • taokaka - April 19, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    bethesda's quality standards???? I picture a room full of business directors saying "we've been playing this game for 15 minutes now and no glitch has popped up, not good enough." but other than that I hope it's good because I'm intrigued by the open world mirrors edge-esque free running.
  • ObliqueZombie - April 19, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    I can't wait for this game! If they have to super delay it to polish the shit out of it, I'll do so. Man this game looks good.
  • ultimatepunchrod - April 19, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    Awesome I really want to play this; however, with these kind of delays and statements, I'm gonna wait for reviews.
  • ChristopherDalley - April 19, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    '“The game does not currently meet our quality standards,” says publisher' I lol'd.

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