Zenimax Media has filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office to extend its trademark for the Prey intellectual property.
Asked what these filings may mean for the future of the Prey brand, a company representative declined to comment.
Prey 2 remains in development at Human Head Studios, though Bethesda said a year ago this month that development on the project "has not progressed satisfactorily." Its current status is unknown, though a developer later commented that the project is in limbo.
Disclosure: GameSpot parent company CBS CEO Leslie Moonves is a Zenimax Media board member.