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 Prey 2  delayed over quality concerns, but is Human Head still developing it?
Prey 2 delayed over quality concerns, but is Human Head still developing it?
April 19, 2012 | By Eric Caoili

April 19, 2012 | By Eric Caoili
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

After weeks of speculation that the company had cancelled Prey 2, Bethesda dispelled those rumors on Thursday morning and said it had delayed the game beyond its 2012 release date due to quality issues.

When asked if it had severed ties with the game's developer Human Head Studios, the published told Gamasutra it is not yet ready to discuss the matter or any other details about the game beyond what it had announced regarding the delay.

"The delay is due to the fact that game development has not progressed satisfactorily this past year, and the game does not currently meet our quality standards," said Bethesda's global PR director Tracey Thompson in a statement.

"We have made a substantial investment in game development to deliver the experience fans want," Thompson added. "We are determined only to release the AAA game that fans rightfully expect, and are unwilling to compromise our quality standards to meet a release schedule."

Last month reports emerged that Bethesda shelved Prey 2, which was originally announced in 2008. Bethesda chose not to confirm or deny those rumors at the time, and remained silent on the subject until today.

Human Head has not posted any news about Prey 2 on its official site or Facebook page since June 2011, when it demonstrated the game at E3. The Madison, Wisconsin-based developer has, however, published frequent updates about its Rune series since then, and has even polled fans about potentially producing a sequel for the franchise.

Additionally, representatives from Human Head were set to talk at March's Game Developers Conference about the making of Prey 2, but those plans were canceled prior to the show's opening.

The original Prey, which was published by 2K Games, also suffered a number of setbacks during its development. 3D Realms began working on the game in 1995, and put the game on hold multiple times due to technical issues. It began working with Human Head in 2001 to complete the game, and Prey eventually shipped for Windows and Xbox 360 in 2006, selling a million copies within two months.

Prey 2 is expected to release for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Bethesda has not specified if it will ship the game in 2013 or a later year.

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Nicholas Ulring
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I saw a live demo at Pax last year. This game looked great. I was impressed and excited after that demo. Originally I did not pay much attention to it. I did not care much for the first game. But when I saw that live demo it blew me away. It looks leaps and bounds better than the first. It would be a huge disappointment if they cancelled this game.