O’ Prey 2, Where Art Thou?
You may have heard some rambling over the last month or two concerning the seemingly extinguished flame that is Prey 2.
However; almost as if starting to follow its predecessor’s own vastly complicated and drawn out development stage, a post on the Bethesda Blog assures gamers that Prey 2 is in fact NOT cancelled but will not be releasing in 2012 as was originally planned. Specifically, the issue seems to revolve around the game not meeting Human Head Studios’ own set of release-standards – resulting in the need for more time in order to the bring the title up to snuff. For more about Prey 2 you can find a brief overview and cinematic trailer below…
Prey 2 is the sequel to the 2006 original of the same name. Coming out of Human Head Studios (Rune and Dead Man’s Hand) the game continues to explore the universe established in the first game but doesn’t directly follow the story or events seen there. Instead, Prey 2 puts players into the boots of a US Marshall named Killian Samuels who was aboard the plane which crashed into the Sphere as seen in the first game. After being abducted by the aliens aboard the giant craft the story progresses several years later where Samuels now works as a bounty hunter on the planet Exodus. His memory of the events after the crash apparently gone, Samuels goes about his new life with a disturbing sense of ease until he finally comes into contact with the only other human on Exodus: Damasi “Tommy” Tawodi – the protagonist from the original title who seems awfully familiar with Samuels.
The cinematic trailer above was shown at E3 2011 and reinvigorated gamers’ interest in Prey. Promised to be released in 2012, many people out there were concerned about the game’s future given the little to no new information and exposure the game got after E3. In response to rumors that Zenimax (parent company of Bethesda Softworks) had decided to cancel the game back in March, players were up in arms and demanded an explanation from either Human Head or Bethesda. Thankfully it appears as though Prey 2 is safe for now. Personally I’m excited for this game. The original Prey was sort of a sleeper hit in the same vein as The Darkness and it really impressed those that played it – especially in regards to the game being the first to feature working portals (sorry Valve, you were actually a year late…). It was fresh and an absolute joy to experience and I hope that this sequel will effectively capture that same feeling.