Dishonored developer rebooting Prey 2 as System Shock successor, report says

Despite Bethesda and Arkane Studios' repeated protests, the Dishonored developer is in fact making Prey 2, according to leaked emails obtained by Kotaku. The new Prey 2 includes none of Human Head's open-world bounty-hunting game--it's a clean slate pitched as a "spiritual successor to System Shock 3."

Prey 2 surfaced in 2011 with an impressive E3 trailer, but its development (and Human Head's relationship with Bethesda) became stuck in a poorly communicated limbo--kinda like Prey 1's decade-long creation.

Bethesda VP of marketing Pete Hines ridiculed rumors in June that Bethesda had gone a dark on Prey 2 to reboot it with a new developer, saying "what is the chance that we have some amazing, unbelievable game and we’re just not talking about it for no reason? Zero."

Arkane Austin studio head Raphael Colantonio told Rock, Paper, Shotgun in an interview published yesterday he had no idea where the rumors came from.

But Kotaku produced emails allegedly sent from Colantonio in May which announced Arkane Austin would start Prey 2 anew, and then implored his developers not to answer questions from media. Bethesda said only that it had nothing to share about Arkane's next project or Prey 2 when reached for comment.

We already have at least three spiritual successors to System Shock in the BioShock series, but it's exciting to hear the team behind Dishonored give it a try, despite its strange secrecy.


  • Jacko415 - August 16, 2013 12:58 a.m.

    STOP REPORTING ON RUMORS AS IF THEY WERE FACT! Gr is become the National Enquirer of game journalism. That being said... if this is true: BOOOOOOOOOOO.
  • GOD - August 15, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    Wait so if it's (allegedly) contains nothing of the awesome open world bounty hunting originally shown off, then why should I even care until they actually show something worth while?
  • CurryIsGood - August 15, 2013 8:24 p.m.

    I always thought Dishonored was quite similar to Bioshock gameplay wise
  • usmovers_02 - August 15, 2013 8:19 p.m.

    System Shock, Bioshock, Prey, Bethesda... there's a recipe for pure awesomeness here. Bethesda accidentally gets a lot of things right but seem to get a lot of things wrong seemingly on purpose. I know they're not developing the game but the Bethesda curse seems to extend to everybody involved. There's a lot of potential for this to be incredible but I won't be holding my breath.
  • g1rldraco7 - August 15, 2013 7:36 p.m.

    Stop messing with us!!!!!!!
  • nai1210 - August 15, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    You mean system shock 2,right guy's :)
  • The_Tingler - August 15, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    I've got some leaked emails from Valve here stating that Half-Life 3 is being retooled as a spiritual sequel to Monkey Island 6 if you're interested GamesRadar? As for this rumour: bollocks. You can't have a sequel to a game that doesn't exist for a start, secondly just this month Bethesda wrote all this off as absolute nonsense. Thirdly, anyone could make up anything and flog it to Kotaku as their "unnamed source".
  • Hyperion - August 16, 2013 5:37 a.m.

    the 3 was a typo dude. they meant 2
  • JachAnen - August 18, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    Yes it was. One of them even have a link directing you to System Shock 2.

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