There was a collective sigh of relief from Prey 2 fans yesterday when Bethesda confirmed the game was still in development, but the plot thickens as reports indicate Prey 2's developer, Human Head, hasn't worked on the title since November 2011.
According to Shacknews, a source, who was not identified, said Human Head was not pleased with the contract they had with Bethesda's parent company, Zenimax. They were so unhappy they stopped production of the game in November to renegotiate. Without a game in production, several people on the development team were laid off, hoping to be rehired once a new contract was put in place. Human Head's plan seemed to be going according to plan until this past January when ZeniMax had stopped responding.
A few months went by, and by March 1 the negotiations seemed to be moving along. But on March 2nd something changed and their source was no longer capable of commenting on the situation.
ZeniMax has not commented on these claims and at this time, do not plan on saying any more than their statement yesterday. The statement claimed Prey 2 was being delayed due to quality concerns. If the game hasn't progressed since November, I'd say that's a valid claim.
Personally, I hope ZeniMax and Human Head worked something out. Prey 2 was looking great every time we saw it. My optimism doesn't seem likely, though. ZeniMax could have hired a new developer to take on the open-world sci-fi game.
Prey 2 is set for 2013 release.
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