Update: Well that was quick. Pete Hines has just said on Twitter that he never stated that the game was cancelled. We are working on getting in contact with him to see what the status of Prey 2 really is. At this point, it’s safe to assume that the game is in hibernation, and set to be worked on at a later date.
To clarify, I didn’t say Prey 2 was canx. Gave an interview in English, translated to Dutch, translated back to English.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) August 27, 2012
It’s been a very rocky road for Prey 2 as it has been facing development issues, cancellation rumors among other issues. Just a few days ago the game was also removed from Bethesda’s website, with the publisher telling the industry that the game was removed to basically prioritize games like Dishonored and The Elder Scrolls Online. It seems that today was the day to announce the bad news though, as Pete Hines has confirmed to IGN that development on Prey 2 has ceased.
“I can be very clear about this. At one point, we looked at Prey 2 and decided that in its current state, with all the money, time, and resources we put into it, it didn’t meet our expectations. So we decided to pull the plug from our end,” Hines told IGN Benelux. “It was a tough business decision, but at that point it was the right one. It’s never a good thing to have to make those choices. It’s a shame, but it comes with the territory.”
Unfortunately, Human Head cannot just take the game to another publisher as Bethesda owns the Prey franchise. If I were you, I’d avoid looking at any previous footage the game had to offer, as will make you crave for a game that might of done something new in the FPS/Open World genre. Hopefully some developer takes inspiration from what could have been and makes a game with a similar concept.