Prey 2

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Report: Prey 2 at Dishonored studio, pitched as 'spiritual successor to System Shock'

Report: Prey 2 at Dishonored studio, pitched as 'spiritual successor to System Shock'

The troubled development of Prey 2 has resulted in a war of words between publisher Bethesda and former developer Human Head. Officially, the FPS is not canceled, but "in limbo." Bethesda claimed that Human Head's work was "not good enough." The developer disagrees, obviously.

Rumor has it that Dishonored developer Arkane has taken over the project. That theory has been given legitimacy, with leaked emails showing Arkane creative director Raphael Colantonio discussing the project.

Read more: Officially, Arkane is not involved »

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Prey 2 'simply not good enough,' says Bethesda

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Prey 2 'simply not good enough,' says Bethesda

Prey 2 seems to have gone dormant, or "in limbo" according to developer Human Head. Bethesda marketing VP Pete Hines has chimed in about the game's status with some harsh words for the quality of Human Head's product.

Read more: 'You can't even be remotely as unhappy about it as us' »

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Former Prey 2 dev speaks out on 'lies' about game

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Former Prey 2 dev speaks out on 'lies' about game

Rumors began surfacing late last week that Bethesda had shifted development of the troubled Prey 2 to Arkane Studios, and while that is still unconfirmed, the game's former narrative designer at Human Head Studios said politics were a big part of what happened to the game.

Read more: 'Prey 2 was a full game' »

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Prey 2 not canceled, but 'in limbo'

Prey 2 not canceled, but 'in limbo'

We've heard plenty of speculation about the fate of Prey 2, since a series of unfortunate circumstances befell the project. Today we've gotten a new piece of official word from Human Head, and it's what you might call less than encouraging. According to designer Nathan Cheever, the game "hasn't been officially canceled, only in limbo."

Read more: Game 'on hold' for 'quality reasons' »

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Report: Human Head bleeding talent

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Report: Human Head bleeding talent

Human Head Studios appears to be going through a fairly dramatic personnel shift, as reports indicate that the company has lost a significant amount of vital staff this year. The staff has either laid off or lost 13 members, which in a studio that boasted 50-70 at its peak is a pretty wide swath.

Read more: COO, development director, lead programmers among departures »

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Human Head 'fully intends' to bring back Rune

Human Head 'fully intends' to bring back Rune

Human Head Studios has been dropping hints of a Rune revival. Now that Prey 2 is likely pulled from the studio's slate, the company is being a little more overt about its hopes to bring back the franchise.

"I can't reveal what we've got planned, but we fully intend to bring digital viking mayhem into the here-and-now," Human Head co-founder Ted Halsted said.

Read more: 'We certainly wouldn't rule out Kickstarter' »

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Weekend Confirmed 109 - Prey 2, Trials Evolution, Fez, God of War: Ascension

Weekend Confirmed 109 - Prey 2, Trials Evolution, Fez, God of War: Ascension

There's no two ways around it, the run to E3 has started. Big news leads off this episode of Weekend Confirmed with Sony announcing a new God of War game in the works for PlayStation 3. One of last year's E3 surprises, Prey 2, also finds its way into the news with word of a delay as rumors swirl around its development. Screen Tear host Carlos Rodela joins the two Jeff's and Garnett as they tackles these stories along with more love for Fez and plenty of enthusiasm for the finger-melting action of Trials Evolution. There's even some board game love worked in there before Finishing Moves brings it all home.

Listen: Weekend Confirmed Episode 109 »

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Source: Human Head hasn't worked on Prey 2 since November

Source: Human Head hasn't worked on Prey 2 since November

News that Prey 2 had not been cancelled, but rather delayed, was relieving to fans of the original. However, why has there been such secrecy surrounding the project over the last several months?

According to a Shacknews source who asked not to be identified, Human Head was not happy with the terms of its contract with ZeniMax, and deliberately stopped work on the game in November so it could try to negotiate a more favorable deal. While doing that, many on the development team were laid off, with the hope they would be rehired if the contract issue was resolved favorably. The process seemed to be gathering some positive momentum until January when ZeniMax's responses all but stopped, causing some of the laid-off Prey 2 team to wonder if the game would ever see the light of day.

Read more: Human Head stopped work on Prey 2 in November »

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God of War: Ascension, Prey 2 - Shacknews Daily: Apr. 19, 2012

God of War: Ascension, Prey 2 - Shacknews Daily: Apr. 19, 2012

Queue the dramatic orchestral music. God of War is back, this time in a brand new prequel for the PS3: God of War: Ascension. Then, it appears Prey 2--feared to be canceled--has been delayed. But is there more to this story? Finally, everyone's favorite horticulture combat game gets a significant update.

Check out today's episode of Shacknews Daily.

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Prey 2 delayed, not cancelled, Bethesda says

Prey 2 delayed, not cancelled, Bethesda says

Update: Human Head stopped working on Prey 2 in November, source says. (Story)

No new information had been available on Human Head's Prey 2 sequel for several months now, leading to plenty of speculation that the game had been cancelled. But publisher Bethesda has finally put those rumors to rest, saying the game is still in development.

Read more: Game not up to quality standards »

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Rumor: Prey 2's future uncertain

Rumor: Prey 2's future uncertain

Update: 2:36 p.m. with no comment from Bethesda.

When Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia previewed Human Head Studio's Prey 2 back at E3 last year, he came away impressed with the new direction the series seemed to be taking. Open-world bounty hunting is an intriguing concept, to say the least. That's why it's disheartening that a rumor has surfaced indicating that the game might never see the light of day.

Read more: Possible comment from Bethesda next week »

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Most Anticipated of 2012: Ozzie's Picks

Most Anticipated of 2012: Ozzie's Picks

There's a lot to be excited for in 2012, and the Shacknews staff each have five games on their radar. The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2012 individually. Next up we've got staff writer Ozzie Mejia's list of 2012 titles.

Prey 2

Out of all the games I saw at E3 2011, I never expected that Prey 2 would be the game that grabbed my attention the most. Fast-forward to 2012 and I'm still just as excited about Prey 2 now as I was when I first saw it back in June.

Read more: The rest of Ozzie's picks for 2012 »

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Daily Filter: August 17, 2011

Daily Filter: August 17, 2011

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Strap yourself in! It's Gamescom 2011; we have a ton of new videos and screenshots for you to enjoy. Be warned, you might be here for longer than usual.

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Tommy's role in Prey 2 becomes clearer

Tommy's role in Prey 2 becomes clearer

When developer Human Head took the wraps off Prey 2 earlier this year it revealed many changes. One of the biggest of these was the apparent abandonment of Tommy, the native American protagonist the player controlled in the first game. And though the designers confirmed we'd still see him in the new game in our E3 Prey 2 preview, he'd been replaced as the main character in Prey 2 by Killian Samuels. He's a lawman who's become a bounty hunter on the planet Exodus, halfway across the galaxy from Earth. But where does that leave Tommy?

Read more: Details on Tommy's role on Exodus »

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E3 2011: Prey 2

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E3 2011: Prey 2

QUICKTAKE: Human Head Studios tries to reinvent the Prey series with Prey 2. Now being published by Bethesda, Prey 2 shifts the focus towards bounty hunting and interacting with a world filled with shady and mostly-violent aliens. It may resemble Prey to some, but this upcoming shooter looks to be doing something fresh, placing players in the role of a new protagonist.

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