“Enisi, why are they doing this to us?!” Well guys, there won’t be a Prey 2 after all. After the sleeper success of the first one which I have a copy of and enjoyed far too much (despite some of the gameplay elements not coming together as well as I’d hoped) it was easily one of the best games of 2006. In an interview with CNET at PAX Australia recently, Bethesda’s vice president Pete Hines confirmed that the game that was to be Prey 2 has been shelved.
In the interview, Hines revealed that while Bethesda was aware of the left behind, the development of the game wasn’t up to scratch and it wasn’t going to be honouring the first game.
“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.”
Though the project has been shelved, there’s still hope for a sequel in the future, even if that future game won’t be what Prey 2 originally promised.
“Human Head Studios is no longer working it. It’s a franchise we still believe we can do something with — we just need to see what that something is”, Hines added.
The story of Prey 2 was to focus on U.S. Marshal Killian Samuels, who starts the game on a passenger flight which suddenly crashes onto the Sphere (the crash is shown in the original Prey). At the end of a short battle with some aliens he is knocked unconscious, after which the plot jumps forward several years. Samuels is now a bounty hunter on the alien world Exodus. – Wikipedia.
Though he is aware of his profession and has retained his skills, he has no memory of what happened in the time that passed since his abduction. He initially believes himself to be the only human on Exodus until he runs into Domasi “Tommy” Tawodi (the protagonist of the original Prey), whom he has apparently met in the period he no longer remembers. Killian then resumes his bounty hunter activities while recovering his memory. – Wikipedia.