The domains link to a Facebook page called “prey2,” where it states the content isn’t available at the moment as “the link you followed may have expired, or the Page may only be visible to an audience that you aren’t in.” While this could be a holdout from earlier Prey 2 plans, a “whois” search reveals the most recent update to the domain was on the 21st of May.
In addition to this, a Tweet posting by aliennoire (a Twitter account whose description is “Your source for Prey and Prey 2!”) speculates that Prey 2 has been picked up by Dishonored developers Arkane Studios, who are poised to reveal the title on the 14th of June. While it doesn’t specify E3, the fact E3 2016 includes the 14th of June makes an unveiling at the event highly probable. Although it should be noted that the Tweet lacks a source, and the account is not an official account of any company (journalistic or to do with game development/publishing).
— aliennoire (@aliennoire) May 11, 2016
Announced in 2011, with some expecting a release in 2012, Prey 2 quickly became bogged down in delays due to concerns of the quality of the game. Rumours begun to circulate in 2013 that Arkane Studios took over control (potentially hence the current rumours of their involvement now), with Bethesda’s marketing and PR manager Pete Hines denying it to Rock Paper Shotgun.
From there, in 2014, Pete Hines (at the time vice president of Bethesda) confirmed to CNET that Prey 2 was cancelled, elaborating: “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.”
It is possible this is all the tugging of straws by those who wished they were able to see the finished form of Prey 2, which was promised to be about collecting bounties across the galaxy. This is made all the more likely by a Twitter post being the primary source of the rumour, one that lacks a source or an official element. To be fair though, it is understandable to be excited for a game where you hunt down criminals across space.
Although, assuming Prey 2‘s announcement is around the corner, there is nothing to say it will be picking up the concept where Human Head Studios left off. Fingers crossed though, as I’m itchin’ to apprehend some galactic criminals dead or alive. Probably dead though, they probably resisted.
Via, PC Gamer.