Prey IP acquired by id/Bethesda parent ZeniMax?

Source: Prolific Web-trawler Superannuation.What we heard: With the Duke Nukem license in legal limbo, it appears that 3D Realms and its parent company, Apogee Software, have decided to sell off another of its intellectual properties, Prey. According to a US Trademark and Patent Office filing, on...

Source: Prolific Web-trawler Superannuation.

What we heard: With the Duke Nukem license in legal limbo, it appears that 3D Realms and its parent company, Apogee Software, have decided to sell off another of its intellectual properties, Prey. According to a US Trademark and Patent Office filing, on June 22 the Texan developer transferred the Prey trademark to the Radar Group, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based intellectual property company. In March 2008, Radar announced it had partnered with Human Head Studios and an unnamed studio to develop Prey 2 (pictured bottom), one of six projects listed on its official Web site.

The Radar Group was cofounded by Scott Miller, its current chief creative officer. A 34-year game-industry veteran, Miller also founded Apogee--later rebranded as 3D Realms--and cocreated three of its top IPs: Duke Nukem, Max Payne, and the original Prey. That game was first announced in 1996, then canceled, only to be resurrected and released on the Xbox 360 and PC in 2006.

Among Miller's other feats are negotiating the 2001 sale of the Max Payne IP to Take-Two for $48 million and helping id Software cocreate the Wolfenstein IP in the 1990s. Miller's salesmanship and connections apparently came in handy on July 15 of this year, when the USPTO filing shows that the Radar Group handed over the Prey trademark to ZeniMax Media. In late June, ZeniMax stunned the game industry by buying the long-independent id in a deal for which it raised $105 million.

Finally, last week, ZeniMax filed a flurry of trademarks to use the Prey name in PC games, console games, downloadable content, online games, television shows, comic books, strategy guides, and novels. In addition to the trademarks unearthed by Superannuation, GameSpot found that ZeniMax also holds the Prey trademark when it comes to T-shirts, hats, and other apparel.

The official story: ZeniMax and 3D Realms reps had not returned requests for comment.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus, since Five USPTO filings prove that ZeniMax now owns the Prey IP. Now several questions remain: Will Human Head continue to develop Prey 2? Who is its mystery partner? When will ZeniMax release the game? And how much did it pay?

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XDaJokermanX
XDaJokermanX

Prey is a great game. I just got done beating it and the ending got me so hyped for number 2. Hope it doesn't take another 10 years to make. :)

Blade8Aus
Blade8Aus

prey really reminded me of unreal in a way like it was trying to be revolutionary...maybe a little too hard but if it didn't try so hard then you wouldn't be playing it in the first place

Janessa23
Janessa23

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habibangel
habibangel

I really enjoyed the characters and awesome organic weapons in prey. I'll keep on eye out for the prey 2.

JetB1ackNewYear
JetB1ackNewYear

One of my fav shooters this gen surprisingly! cant wait to see number 2!

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

Prey was an amazing game, I loved the Campaign although I wasn't a big fan of the multiplayer much. But hey for me it's not the multiplayer that makes a good game, that's just the bonus.

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

Prey was an ok game with an awful multiplayer (at least on the 360). I'd be willing to give it another chance if Prey 2 looks interesting.

nynthninja
nynthninja

Prey was an awesome game with an awesome story anyone who thinks the game sucked is either mad it wasnt built on the unreal engine or just played the demo

stepneyshambles
stepneyshambles

I found Prey to be far more interesting than most of you on here seemed to! The quality of the voice action, those first few alien abduction scenes... (!!!!!!!!SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!) Your girlfriend being surgically grafted onto an alien beast?!?! (SPOILER END) Well worth the money in my opinion!

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

Mmm well it was better than the new Turok at least

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Too bad Prey was so mediocre... otherwise this'd actually be news.

jeffv541
jeffv541

That game twisted my head. It was far too easy tho...

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

i played a little bit of prey and it was alright, but in the right hands it has a lot of potential, im thinking something like the jump from killzone 1 to 2

jon46410
jon46410

Anyone who reads this I don't have to tell you how good this game was, if you haven't played this I highly recommend you go out and get it, I have seen this used as less as $5.00 so no reason to take the chance to play it. If you like sci-fi, horror, and FPS you should not be dissapointed.

ele975
ele975

I want Human Head to develope the game, it's very hard for another developer to create something from another mind that other developer team doesn't know exactly what he wants unlike the guys at Human Head

kvan33
kvan33

Prey was good, but it's a B-list IP at best.

Powerwalk
Powerwalk

i noticed that in prey it was impossible to die lol

alien_thats_red
alien_thats_red

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alien_thats_red
alien_thats_red

yea prey was most cool. i wonder if they will release prey 2 on ps3?

method115
method115

Prey was an amazing game I absolutely loved it. This game easily had the most interesting weapons I've seen in any FPS to date. The sniper rifle was an actual alien eye that would look @ every few seconds during game play. The missile launchers had like little baby aliens raped in cocoons that would explode on impact. I just loved the weapons so much the story was amazing as well. I prey the sequel comes out soon lol

pamplinas322
pamplinas322

Prey was a good game so this is good news.

Taegre
Taegre

If Prey did one thing right, it made you really, really want to fight the aliens, as opposed to just being along for the ride.

Blade8Aus
Blade8Aus

@irutehe the only game i have by them is TES4 and i dont think its that great to be honest... but i thought that making fallout 3 was a pretty bold move and you cant argue with sucess

irutehe
irutehe

bethesda lost any signs of creativity. they just push through other company's game hits to get more bucks. it's really sad.

badtaker
badtaker

Prey was a good game. Bethesda always develops good games. I am waiting for Prey 2.

johnnyBgood99
johnnyBgood99

@thorsen-ink ahh, I did not realize it was announced that long ago. Good to know ;)

tony382
tony382

Don't forget Zenimax and Bethesda are two different companies. Zenimaz owns Bethesda. So, that doesn't generally mean Bethesda will develop it. Although I hope they do.

ShadowJake
ShadowJake

awesome news. I loved the first one and have beat it 3 times. excellent story imo and i can't wait for prey 2

konradak
konradak

Well, I'm excited for the sequel, so cool news. At least it hasn't been cancelled yet.

Wingman1977
Wingman1977

This game (and PGR3) are what made me get a 360 when I first saw footage of both back in 05 during E3. Prey was awsome (Running on the Doom3 engine). It was a piece of work and was one of the better looking 360 games during that time period. Here's hoping to a sequel (and if Bethesda develops it, guaranteed good game IMO).

tony382
tony382

I guess this was the big game announcement Bethesda tweeted about last week.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Prey is one of my favorite shooter games of all time. When I bought this game on my Xbox 360, I bought the collectors edition with the cool action figures. The plot in this game is excellent for a shooter, and the fact that you actually need to think almost 4-dimensionally in order to do well is awesome. I often go back and play Prey and Call of Duty 2 on my Xbox 360. Call of Duty 2 is my favorite Call of Duty game ever, and I loved playing those two games during that time period.

BioShockOwnz
BioShockOwnz

Prey was a very enjoyable game. It may not have been Game of the Year material, but it was still quite good and worth playing. I'll pick up a sequel.

brandondorbert
brandondorbert

I played the game when it first came out. It was great. It had a good story and the game play messed with my head. I have been waiting a while for the next one to come out since at the end it said to be continued.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

@djpetitte WHOA. That was a super clever comeback man. It makes sense you enjoy this game.

Icehearted
Icehearted

In a lot of ways, when I think of Prey I think of Portal, and how it only really scratched the surface of what was possible with it's remarkable concepts. I loved the theme, the little touches (like Art Bell), the lead characters, and I've really been looking forward to another one, but it took a very long time for even the first one to be released, so if Prey 2 is indeed in the works, who knows how long it could take (as if it hasn't been too long already).

EcksBocks360
EcksBocks360

Prey was one of my favorite shooters of all time, i hope they make a sequel

djpetitte
djpetitte

One more thing @2bitSmOkEy, You obviously don't know two-bits of knowledge.

djpetitte
djpetitte

The first Prey was very underrated, it was actually quite a good game.

RawDeal_basic
RawDeal_basic

Prey was a good game, but I want to see a respectable developer acquire the Duke Nukem franchise. Hail to the king baby!!

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

I loved Prey, so I'm glad this pretty much means a sequel will come out soon.

Genexi2
Genexi2

Speed up the pacing of Prey (seriously, none of that sluggishly slow console control stuff), add in more snarky commentary from the protagonist and more wtf'ery that you only ever saw in the first tenth of the game, and you got yourself a AAA in the making for a squel.

JasonAnton
JasonAnton

It would be nice to see Prey 2. I liked the first game. It could have used more polish, but it had some nice innovations.

Realiz29
Realiz29

nikbotv4:Can't spoil that, but you just did. But I loved Prey, great graphics, great story (albeit a little similar to Turok) and just all around fun to play. I hope they do the original justice with Prey 2.

nikbotv4
nikbotv4

I played Prey all the way through. I liked the ideas (mostly at the begining). But all in all it bored me. The best part was your girlfriend... thing. Can't spoil that as its literally the best part of the game. But most of it was very repetitive and overall pretty generic. I am however still interested to see how prey 2 will pan out.

shaggydellic
shaggydellic

I don't know if you could call Prey underrated when it was pretty hyped up at release. Either way it was a very good game and I would definitely be interested in a sequel.