If there is one game that has become a soap opera, that game would have to be "Prey 2." Well, it wouldn't be fair to call "Prey 2" a game because the game is still in development. And, according to Bethesda, Arkane Studios is not developing the game.
In an interview with website Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Bethesda head PR Pete Hines emphatically quashed the rumor that the game was ever in development at Arkane Studios. “No,” Mr. Hines said.“All of that stuff, I have no idea where it came from. The Human Head Prey 2 thing is the Human Head Prey 2 thing. Arkane is over here, and they’re doing their thing, and that’s for them to work on. We’ll be ready to talk about what they’re working on when it gets closer to release.”
IGN reported in May that Arkane Studios had taken over development of "Prey 2" from the beleaguered studio, Human Head Entertainment. At that time, Bethesda cited the game "current does not meet" its quality standards.
Even before that, the game was reported to be canceled, but Human Head quickly clarified that it is "only in limbo." Now, limbo isn't exactly canceled, but it sure isn't advancing in development either.
So how about throwing another bone into this mix? Apparently several screens have been leaked that showed how much work had gone into "Prey 2." Unfortunately the screens don't tell us about the lengths to which Human Head has been having difficulty with coding the game, but the screens here are not exactly bad to look at and show several different stages of the game.
So was Prey 2 ever ready for prime time? Is it ready for prime time? Mr. Hines didn't seem to think so. "Yes, we could ship it and put it in a box and be done with it, but it won’t meet anybody’s expectations. Not ours, not yours, not the consumer’s. It’d just be like, ‘What happened to this?’ Well, that’s what we would like to know. It’s not fun to make a call to pull back the reins on something like that and say it’s not coming out this year. It’s certainly not an easy decision, especially after you spent years and millions and millions of dollars creating it.”
Well, it's good that Human Head is still working hard at the game, and perhaps they'll get the game up to Bethesda's rigorous standards (*ahem* PS3 "Skyrim"). But at this point maybe the game should just be pushed to the PS4 and Xbox One and let them start over.
That's just a wish. Will "Prey 2" ever see mass release? One can only wonder. Let's just hope that it does not suffer the same fate as "Duke Nukem Forever." And I'm not talking about the game spending fourteen years in development.