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

Prey 2 may be at Arkane, the studio behind Dishonored.


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.

"Austin has been officially green lit for its own project," the message acquired by Kotaku reads. "We decided that Prey 2 presented an interesting opportunity if we could reboot it. Zenimax accepted our pitch which was 'the spiritual successor to System Shock.'" The message was dated May 27, around the time the rumors about Arkane's involvement started circulating.

While the evidence seems concrete, Arkane's official comment is that the studio is not working on Prey 2. Colantonio told RPS that "we've been looking at where that rumor came from, and I really don’t know."

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    August 16, 2013 8:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Report: Prey 2 at Dishonored studio, pitched as 'spiritual successor to System Shock'.

    Prey 2 may be at Arkane, the studio behind Dishonored.

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      August 16, 2013 8:32 AM

      we've had several spiritual successors to system shock. how about a fucking system shock 3?

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        August 16, 2013 8:39 AM

        Please...from your lips to Gods ears. I would love a new System Shock. I would like to know the fate of Shodan. I would give up all the COD and all the Battlefields in the world to see that happen.

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        August 16, 2013 9:43 AM

        It would be nice, and Arkane would be the studio I'd most trust to do it. With Arx Fatalis they basically remade Ultima Underworld.

        Speaking of Arx Fatalis I wish they would do a sequel to that...

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          August 16, 2013 4:20 PM

          Arx fatalis was such a great game. They need to do a sequel to that.

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        August 16, 2013 10:54 AM

        We don't need a System Shock 3. System Shock 2 had an end. But a System Shock reboot of the original would be amazing. But doesn't Irrational own the rights? They've blocked previous attempts from groups that have announced spiritual successor/remakes in that past.
        I wish Irrational would stop re-imaging System Shock 2 (the bio-shock series) and get System Shock some life again.
        But the way things are going we see Bio-Shock: Space before a real System Shock game.

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          August 16, 2013 11:04 AM


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          August 16, 2013 11:16 AM

          Actually it looks like the rights issue may be cleared up, that may have come along with the Steam re-release of SS2. The insurance company that has the rights has expressed some interest in additional stuff.

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          August 16, 2013 12:38 PM

          I disagree, SS2's ending was practically begging for a third game.

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          August 16, 2013 2:03 PM

          System Shock remake made by Infinity Ward or EA would be fucking top notch!

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        August 16, 2013 2:17 PM

        Exactly, and the best one was called BioShock.

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      August 16, 2013 8:36 AM

      As much as I hate Kotaku, I totally loved their snarky post when they showed the exact email that proved Arkane is working on Prey 2.
      God I hate 'games media.' There's so little journalism and so much PR hand-fed bullshit.

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      August 16, 2013 1:24 PM

      I'd love to see more System Shock, but not at the expense of Dishonored 2.

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        August 16, 2013 2:25 PM

        this is about Prey 2 not Dishonored 2 (that hasn't been started yet)

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      August 16, 2013 2:14 PM

      So a studio known for good games is going to continue to making games and people are upset. Crazy.

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        August 16, 2013 2:36 PM

        I suspect you miss the point here. Give it some time to soak in, you'll figure it out eventually. ;)

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        August 16, 2013 3:21 PM

        People are upset because there was a good game, that actually exists not just a pitch like Arkane has, that got scrapped for "petty political" reasons. I would much rather see an open-world alien bounty hunter game than another System Shock spiritual successor. I'm sure it'll be awesome if folks inside the studio are leaking internal emails to the press. They seem pretty chuffed about the situation.

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          August 16, 2013 7:57 PM

          My expectations of this game are completely reset at this point. I wanted the game that was to be, but we'll see what Arkane can do with the IP. I can't be mad at them for what happened.

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          August 17, 2013 12:40 AM

          Or the game could have sucked. Considering the output of Bethesda's third party game, they normally sucked or terribly buggy. If the original Prey 2 was somehow worse than their normal low levels of suckyness, maybe they made the right call? We don't know. We won't ever know.

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      August 16, 2013 2:35 PM

      Yeah, um...about that spiritual successor's already been done, we call it, "Bioshock"

      But nice try.

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      August 16, 2013 2:39 PM

      Oh and for the record, I think a system shock style game makes more sense for a Prey 2 than a bounty hunter game. I would love to see the game the original Prey 2 was going to be but it always seemed out of place.

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      August 16, 2013 3:27 PM

      Anyone who's pleased that a developer who has spent over a decade creating the series has had their work taken away from them, slandered and been replaced, by an admittedly talented team, is a jerk. This is horrible news. I love Arkane and Bethesda Game Studios, but people are more important than games.

      Their making another game from scratch. Prey 2 is no longer about bounty hunting alien scum and Bethesda has chosen to lie to everyone for over the past year about the game. Not giving Human Head the respect they deserve for supporting the Prey franchise for over 10 years by constantly telling the public its because of their lack of experience Prey 2 was delayed is an awful way to run a business.

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      August 16, 2013 8:17 PM

      Prey was never a good game.

      A true spiritual sequel to SS would be so SO much preferred.

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      August 16, 2013 9:02 PM

      The Kotaku post was one of the more distasteful examples of "games journalism" that I've seen in awhile. Shame on Shacknews for perpetuating it.

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      August 16, 2013 9:42 PM

      Prey 2 = System Shock... Whhhhaaat?

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      August 16, 2013 11:05 PM

      Best case (meaning impossible) scenario would be: Human Head gets their asset rights back from their version of Prey 2, remove anything that has to do with Prey in it, and release it (possibly on Kickstarter) as a new IP.

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