Report: Prey 2 website redirected; news at E3?

Prey 2 has had a troubled past. Could we finally see something from the rubble?

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The saga of Prey 2 has been a long, drawn out, sometimes sordid affair, going from cancelled through Human Head Studios to maybe back in development through Arkane Studios in Austin. Now we get word that Internet sleuths have noticed that Prey domains are now redirecting to a blocked off Facebook pages.

Apparently, Zenimax redirected the sites to the Facebook pages three days ago, according to a tweet from NerdLeaks. And earlier this month, Prey 2 fan site Alien Noire reported that Prey 2 would be announced on the first day of E3, although the date did not match up to the Bethesda event on June 12. Kotaku is also reporting the game will probably be at E3.

While we don't know anything for certain - Bethesda and Zenimax are staying quiet - it would stand to reason that if Bethesda was indeed displeased with Human Head's work on the sequel that it would bring the game in-house to developer Arkane. Supposed internal emails from Arkane boss Raphael Colantonio discussed the game, and later how to deal with press if they called.

Rumor has suggested that a Prey 2 sequel through Arkane Austin could be a spiritual successor to System Shock 2, which could get a bit awkward given that System Shock 3 is currently in development with Warren Spector on the team of developer Otherside Entertainment.

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    May 24, 2016 9:23 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Report: Prey 2 website redirected; news at E3?

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      May 24, 2016 9:53 AM

      The Prey franchise defines "development hell"

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        May 24, 2016 10:05 AM

        Seriously... From issues with portals to the first games languishing forever. That being said, the first game, when it finally did hit, was pretty damned fun.

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      May 24, 2016 9:58 AM

      That franchise has had such a crazy, messy history.

      Looking forward though to seeing some news at E3

      I still remember when Prey was mentioned in PC gamer magazine with the "magnificent 7" games that we coming out, including half life 1

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        May 24, 2016 10:28 AM

        Yeah I was going to mention that it wouldn't be a proper sequel to Prey if it didn't have a crazy on-again-off -again production cycle that bounced between studios

        Man, those bullshots from PCG back in the day got me so pumped, though. A lot like that first teaser for Prey 2...

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        May 24, 2016 12:56 PM

        I remember seeing this video and thinking it was pretty damn amazing

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L29DSSQT3Ek

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      May 24, 2016 10:09 AM

      Assuming the leaked emails are true, this is a pretty weird situation in terms of being a "spiritual successor to System Shock 2". Prey 1 was very much not at RPG by any means. It came out to modest success ten years ago, but the " mass market audience" now has no memory of Prey at all. It really makes you wonder why the hell they're resurrecting the Prey licence instead of just making a new IP.

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        May 24, 2016 2:12 PM

        The funny thing is that Prey 3 would be out by now if Bethesda hadn't tried to buy Human Head through milestone abuse. Prey 2 was at an alpha state, and despite what Pete Hines says about it not being up to snuff, Bethesda took that game to Obsidian, and spent months negotiating with Human Head for their source code (couldn't complete the project without it).

        There's a lot of ego involved at Zenimax. They spent a lot of money on the ip when they bought it from Radar Group back in 2009. One things for sure, Arkane doesn't want their next game to be set in the Prey universe. They were so unhappy that some internal people leaked details to Kotaku and a fan site. They wanted to make a retro-futurist vampire immersive-sim.

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      May 24, 2016 11:38 AM

      I really wish the first game could be brought back to Steam. I'd love to try it.

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      May 24, 2016 1:33 PM

      Haven't played the first one, probably should no?

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        May 24, 2016 2:15 PM

        It's a fun, quick romp with an "Enter the Void" color palette. I like it.