Rumor: Prey 2 close to cancellation

Bethesda may be close to announcing the cancellation of Prey 2, according to recent rumors from the Dutch website PS Focus (via Kotaku) that claim a “reliable source” has all but confirmed the sequel's demise. The report, posted last Friday, added that developer Human Head Studios was slated to show the game at GDC 2012 earlier this month, but had its presentation canceled by Bethesda before the event.

Shortly after the report made its rounds, Bethesda responded to a follow-up call from GameInformer with a “no comment” reply. Neither it or Human Head Studios have updated their sites with any information, however the signs don't look good.

Prey 2 was originally revealed for PS3 and Xbox 360 in March 2011 as a (loosely based) sequel to the 2007 gravity-bending original for Xbox 360. When GR last saw it at E3 2011 (read: E3 2011: Prey 2 preview – an open world, Blade Runner-meets-Mirror’s Edge sci-fi shooter. Sure, why not?), Bethesda and Human Head had just enough content to get us excited about the open-world bounty hunting sequel. Unfortunately, the fact that we've heard very little about it since has us wondering if Bethesda is simply being evasive until it can announce the game's cancellation under its own terms.

If the rumors are true, here's hoping Prey 2 will find life with another studio. Let us know if you were anticipating this title, and what you think about its possible fate.


  • Shinard - April 2, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    NO! I was really looking forward to this SF parkour bounty hunter open world! WHY BETHESDA WHY! And if you say it's so you can work on an ES MMO I will NOT be happy...
  • RedHarlow - March 26, 2012 9:33 p.m.

    Usually studios are quick to say their games are still in development, so a "no comment" does not bode well.
  • Fuzunga - March 26, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    Well if it's true, I hope they pull a "Sleeping Dogs" with this one, retitle it and release it with another publisher. In hindsight, maybe it was a smart move making it so different from the first game. They can call it whatever they want and not get in any legal trouble.
  • IceBlueKirby - March 26, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    The original Prey was a pleasant surprise, as something I just picked up cheap and didn't expect much of, I ended up loving it. I've been looking forward to Prey 2, so I'll be disappointed if it gets cancelled. I'll probably get over it pretty quickly since there's plenty of other games I want coming out to make me forget about it, not to mention I can replay the original since I'm not tired of it yet, but even so, I hope it doesn't get cancelled.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - March 26, 2012 3:25 p.m.

  • onetimebuster - March 26, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    I loved the trailer but it was just a trailer.
  • Redeater - March 26, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    You know what? I would be more upset except I have been duped by a lot of "ambitious" games before. Don't get me wrong, if it comes out and is great I will get it day one but more often than not most of these ambitious games get pushed out onto the shelves before they are finished. They get day one patches and a few more patches that don't get close to fixing the real problems. That said I hope this goes gold and turns out to be fantastic.
  • jackthemenace - March 26, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    Yep, I'm inclined to agree. Hell, some of the ones I've been most disappointed by were Bethesda. *Glares solemnly at Brink and RAGE* Maybe it's best this gets cancelled, and people can be left with the bitter disappointment of seeing something awesome and never getting to play it, rather than being teased with something awesome and being given a pile of crap
  • Moondoggie1157 - March 26, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    Hate to admit it, but yea, I'm in the same boat. It was both Brink and Rage that really put a bitter taste in my mouth. I really want Prey 2 to turn out well, but I can't say I have ever been impressed by a Bethesda game, but that's just me. Ah well, I can hope it works out well, the video looked amazing.
  • potpan0 - March 26, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    It does seem pretty ambitious; a large, multi-leveled alien city.
  • cart00n - March 26, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    I LOVED Prey, and was really looking forward to the "sequel". I'm kind of bummed, now...
  • snipes101 - March 26, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    I will be the least happy person on the face of this earth if this happens. A sci-fi, neo-noire alien hunting game set in space on a blue tinged version of Mass Effect 3's Omega? There better be a damn good reason for this. If this does prove to be true, though, I really hope another studio gives this game life. It looks too good just to be let fall through the cracks.
  • radiodeaf - March 26, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    From the tech demo I saw...I wasn't interested. Though I thought the concept was very interesting. Their game announcement trailer really pushed the idea. But people forget we have nothing else to go on other than so far...fetch quests. I hope they have more to it. But I also think it's possible they have nothing, hence, closure of game.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - March 26, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    Looked like a damn good game too. Shame.
  • ultimatepunchrod - March 26, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    I hope this isn't true. I was really looking forward to this one.
  • potpan0 - March 26, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    I think Bethesda Softworks should take the reins on this one. The Elder Scrolls series can't last forever, and I wouldn't mind Obsidian doing all new Fallouts, so Prey 2, or some other itaration of a bounty hunter in an alien city game, would be a good new series.
  • patbateman17 - March 26, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    "I think Bethesda Softworks should take the reins on this one. The Elder Scrolls series can't last forever, and I wouldn't mind Obsidian doing all EXTREMELY BUGGY new Fallouts, so Prey 2, or some other itaration of a bounty hunter in an alien city game, would be a good new series." Fixed your comment in CAPS...couldn't figure out how to bold haha, sorry!
  • potpan0 - March 26, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    Why can I never mention F:NV without someone mentioning bugs. What do you expect when you get one of the most ambitious games of the generation, in an open world, do what you want setting? In my opinion, F:NV is easily one of the best games of this generation, and I don't think it deserves so much flak for bugs.
  • Arabacus Fox - March 26, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    It is tiring to see people always blame obsidian for it, despite the strict timetable they were on. (Much like with KOTOR2) As you said, it's a damn big game, some things were going to be missed, yet it is undoubtedly one of the best games. (Yet I have my own reservations about Honest tiresome)
  • MayorOfAmerica - March 26, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    Who knows - maybe they realized they can't keep all the promises they made beforehand and shut down to avoid fan boy outrage...<sarcasm> Sad news indeed. I was/am looking forward to it!

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