A new report, blamed on those pesky anonymous sources, is claiming that the Prey 2 developer stopped work on the game last November. Shacknews is relaying the information it claims comes from a source that didn’t want to be named. It’s not clear if that source is inside Human Head, inside Bethesda or just a bloke in the pub so keep in mind that this is very much an unsubstantiated rumour.
Apparently, Human Head ceased work on Prey 2 in November in an attempt to gouge out a better contract with Bethesda. Part of the dangerous game of chicken the studio was having with their publisher involved laying off some staff, in the hope that they’d re-hire those staff members once they won a better contract. Sounds extremely risky, given the current global economy.
Apparently, the strategy appeared to be working for Human Head until March the 2nd this year, when everything from Bethesda went quiet.Yesterday’s blunt statement about the game’s situation is all the publisher is willing to say on the matter but seems to hint at a general dissatisfaction with the current state of the game as supplied by Human Head. That statement has led many to speculate that the game might be punted to a different studio entirely, much as Bethesda did with Rogue Warrior (which turned out quite badly, you might remember).
Human Head is allegedly already working on a new prestigious project and has recently admitted that they’d consider a sequel to Rune.