Why Prey 2 Was Canceled

The canceled Prey 2 "wasn't shaping up" to what Bethesda wanted.

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The reveal of Prey at E3 2016 put to rest any lingering hopes of seeing the canceled Prey 2 again. Bethesda marketing VP Pete Hines talked to GameSpot at QuakeCon about the game and explained why it was canned.

"I mean, honestly, it's really not that complicated," Hines said. "It hit a point where it wasn't shaping up to be what we wanted and there didn't seem to be a clear path to get to where we thought it needed to be. We decided the best thing to do was just to not proceed. That's just it."

Hines added that he doesn't think Bethesda will ever go into more details about the situation, as it's all in the past and developer Human Head is working on other projects now.

"I don't want to go through and talk about stuff like, well, he said this and we said that," Hines explained. "I want those guys to have every success and to not have to keep bringing up this thing. Games get canceled. It happens. Marriages go bad. It happens."

Despite not wanting to bring up the past, Hines did contact Human Head co-founder Chris Rhinehart before Bethesda revealed the new Prey at E3. He wanted to give Rhinehart a "heads up" on what was going to happen.

"Again, I want him to be able to do his job and not have to worry about explaining or defending anything," Hines added. "It didn't work out."

The new Prey's first gameplay was revealed during the QuakeCon opening ceremony, which showed off brief glimpses of enemies, weapons, and the protagonist turning into a coffee mug.

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Any way we can get Prey 1 on Steam again?

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It is what it is. It would have been a nice addition to the Prey series but oh well. The new Prey looks good, so it should be a good successor the the first Prey game.

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I don't see how a game gets so bad that it can't just be released as a $15 downloadable game.

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@ticklemepink: Cases can happen in which the extra cost of putting the game through the submissions processes and then asking a low price would not cover the very cost of it. In that case, by canceling it, you minimize looses. Also, it's not like they can just sale an incomplete game like they did with "Ride to Hell: Retribution"

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Prey 1 was bad, I played it for like 5 minutes and that was it, we want another Bioshock game;)

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@Abdulrahman1981: This game was way ahead of it times it has Portal Elements before Portal came out, you must of not played all of it it gets way better, the gravity

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@eagles714: concur

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I didn't realize that many people enjoyed Prey. It was a fair to middling game by early 360 standards. Perhaps making it interesting is akin to "Cherokee" difficulty settings...

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@pboontap: IGN gave it a 9 and they're tough to impress.

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@ticklemepink: LOL!!!!

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So bummed Prey 2 was shit canned. It looked so awesome. I'm diggin' this new vision too as it's a Bioshock type game.

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I still wish the game had that Bounty Hunter thing from PRey 2....i just hope this new one carries on that idea instead of the sci-fi horror System Shock wannabe (But since that Arkane tried to make Dishonored the modern "Thief: Metal Age", i highly doubt that)

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Edited By nikolistary

Quit being so darn butthurt.

Wanna know what's happening these days? Reappropriation.

Look at the new God of War. Look at Doom. Look at Prey.

These are all IPs with cringe worthy content. Devs see it and are changing it for the better. Prey was an okay game, but it's concept and name is better positioned for something new and not stupid. By stupid, I mean not mature, not popular, not aging well. GoW and Kratos are terrible, so they matured it and it'll sell better. GoW (4) is actually enticing to me now that Kratos isn't Kratos. Doom took a decade to release most likely bc the devs didn't like the (assumed) corny ass nature of Doom and changed it multiple times.

What you're seeing with Prey is new IP from an old idea, just made better. The name "Prey" alone could foster 10 games, but not with its original source material. See Far Cry. They had aliens, then they had Vaas. Think Far Cry could've been the franchise it is today without changing directions and removing the alien crap? Doubt it.

Bethesda sees Prey as new IP, and it'll go the way of Far Cry. Which I don't mind at all. It might be able to even surpass Far Cry as a disparate anthology series of protags that find themselves in horrible, hunted situations.

Bring it on. Tommy is dead.

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@nikolistary: Just a minor note: Far Cry never had aliens, but it did have Dr. Moreau-esque mutants. Crysis had aliens though.

It doesn't change or lessen your post in any way, I just figured I'd clarify.

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@nikolistary: There's so many problems here...

[You] "Look at the new God of War. Look at Doom. Look at Prey.These are all IPs with cringe worthy content."

You sound like a hater. All of those IPs were loved and highly reviewed.

[You] "GoW and Kratos are terrible"

Says who? The millions upon millions that played and loved the series? GTFOH

[You] "Doom took a decade to release most likely bc the devs didn't like the (assumed) corny ass nature of Doom and changed it multiple times."

Yet the new DOOM is more fast paced and more so about running and gunning like the original so WTF are you talking about? The only DOOM that deviated from the rest is DOOM 3 and believe it or not...it was actually pretty damn good. And when was fighting demons in hell considered corny? Are you serious? This game is still top 10 on the charts lol

[You] "What you're seeing with Prey is new IP from an old idea, just made better."

So you've played the new Prey already...or are you telling me what your crystal ball sees lol Wait a minute...let me shake my magic 8 ball. Maybe it'll tell me if you're lying or not xD

So how did you score the new Prey? How many weapons are in the game? HOW IS IT BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL???

[You] "See Far Cry. They had aliens, then they had Vaas. Think Far Cry could've been the franchise it is today without changing directions and removing the alien crap? Doubt it."

How do you know that Far Cry wouldn't have become a EVEN BIGGER franchise if they had stuck with their origins. You got a time machine too? Matter of fact...Far Cry was a game made by Crytek. The sequels only used the name but they had nothing to do with the original so technically, it was a new IP that used elements from Crytek's game.

[You] "Bethesda sees Prey as new IP, and it'll go the way of Far Cry."

While you're checking out the future over there through your magic cauldron, do you mind telling me the Pick 6 for next week? xD

[You] "Bring it on. Tommy is dead."

I don't recall Tommy dying in the original Prey so once again...WTF are you talking about lol

I guess you forgot that Tommy can spirit walk. I bet you he's mooning your dumb-arse right now xD

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"Marriages go bad. It happens." -Hines

Sounds like it was shaping up to be pretty cool but Bethesda wanted more input instead of just letting the devs do what they do best. I hate it when things like this happens. It's stupid...

Anyway...for those that missed my interview with Bethesda...

[LouiXIII] "Hey Bethesda...I heard you guys got a new IP."

[Bethesda] "What IP is that?"

[LouiXIII] "The one with the guy in space fighting shadow monsters on some kind of space shuttle."

[Bethesda] "Oh...you mean Prey. Yes. Prey's development is coming along nicely."

[LouiXIII] "Prey? But there's already a game called Prey."

[Bethesda] ".......................ummmm, yeah."

[LouiXIII] "..........................what's that supposed to mean?"

[Bethesda] "Well we're calling this one Prey too."

[LouiXIII] "ohhhhh.....so this is Prey 2. Awesome. It's about time Prey got a sequel."

[Bethesda] "Ummm....no. This is not a sequel. This is Prey too...as in T-O-O."

[LouiXIII] "WHAT!!! The original came out last gen which wasn't that long ago and it was ******* awesome. Why not just make a sequel and keep the lead character the same?"

[Bethesda] "ummmmm.....I don't know."

[LouiXIII] "Do you at least know why you're calling this Prey when it has nothing to do with the original game?

[Bethesda] "ummmmm....let me get back with you on that."

xD

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@nibbin1191: Ummmmm........no lol

The sad part is...I bet you thought it was a joke.

SMDH

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@louixiii: Who was the guy at Bethesda that gave you this stellar response?

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@Ezioprez9709: For legal reasons I won't give the name.

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@louixiii: Oh of course, didn't think about that, sorry.

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@Ezioprez9709: The chair that Clint Eastwood interviewed at the RNC in 2012.

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@_Silent_Jay_: lol

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@_Silent_Jay: Oh right, I thought it would've been someone like Todd Howard or Hines himself.

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@Ezioprez9709: Close but no cigar

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Starfield is Prey 2

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Why not just say sometimes sh*t happens even when things look good so the game was canned but nobody is to blame for it, sh*t happens sometimes....

it's more believable than a mild we don't wanna lay blame or anything but we also don't wanna talk about it.....eh the whole thing is weird, Human Head's game looked really cool and that's the issue, why was something with a lot of thought put in canned??? don't answer.....

like I said myself sh*t happens......we just gotta deal with it......new game looks good though, at least a new one is coming even if it may not connect with the first one at all.....

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Y'all goddamn headlines GS!!!! I thought the game was cancelled like wtf!!!!!

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@introvese: it was cancelled, the game coming out is called Prey.

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@Kickable: lol I just been assuming the game was called Prey 2. I was read that headline confused as hell. Like why would the game be cancelled after that long ass E3 stage show lol

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Doesn't hurt to ask that guy I guess, but he's never going to say what actually happened.
He doesn't need to though as it's already known why Prey 2 was canceled.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/05/what-went-wrong-with-human-heads-prey-2

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?p=154904695#post154904695

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=60524145&postcount=19

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=60536433&postcount=71

TL;DR
Bethesda is a scummy company.

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@McStrongfast: Thanks for posting this, I was about to mention their failed hostile takeover again. We lost an awesome game because they decided they wanted to play hard ball with Human Head Studios and they told them to **** off. Kudos to HH.

The truth will never be buried, no matter how much Pete Hines says otherwise.

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I really do wonder what was wrong with Prey 2 what they showed of it looked really good maybe it just wasn't fun to play.

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Anyone else get the "Madam Secretary" ad in the video and then puke in your mouth while thinking about hi-LIAR-y Clinton? What's next, are they going to make a Netflix original about the life of a billionaire in politics? They should, however, make a show about how a true progressive ran for President in a party that's so called 'democratic', yet the powers at be in this so called party completely derailed it's own candidate, using the media, government established shills, and dirty tricks to smear an honest politician with frizzy hair, a history of actually caring about people, and of course arthritis and a cool Brooklyn accent. Off topic, I know but I just had to vent.

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@stevhall88: Only thing that makes me puke in my mouth is when people make terrible, name based puns. : \

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@Mogan: Amen to that.

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"It's really not complicated, but I won't actually tell you anything about why we cancelled it. I don't want to talk about it"

Wow, amazing stuff here.

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Shoulda cancelled the first Prey as well. Game was terrible.

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@o311rocks:

WTF are you talking about the 1st Prey was awesome well until the lackluster ending anyway.

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@Marky360: I respect your opinion and agree with the your take on the ending, but for me the entire game was pretty rough. I somewhat enjoyed the bar scene I guess.

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@o311rocks: This game had portal elements before Portal came out, the gravity mechanics, had space ships fights for its time it was a very great game

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@o311rocks:

Man the ending disappointed the hell outta me though I was like seriously that's it?

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@Marky360: Praise the Sun. Seriously though it's way better than Duke Nukem Forever.