Bethesda pulls out of Prey 2 completely, “didn’t meet our expectations” (UPDATE: Pete Hines says it is simply a delay)

Prey 2

By on August 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

Sad news this morning as Bethesda’s Pete Hines reveals in an interview that the company has pulled out of publishing Prey 2 entirely. Development on the title has been awash with troubles for many months now, with rumours of cancellations plaguing the title and the developers at Human Head Studio striking over concerns with their work contracts. Now it seems that Bethesda may have pulled the plug on the whole operation.

“I can be very clear about this,” says Hines. “At one point, we looked at Prey 2 and decided that in its current state, with all the money, time, and resources we put into it, it didn’t meet our expectations. So we decided to pull the plug from our end.”

As Bethesda owns the rights to the Prey IP, there is unfortunately no chance of Human Head taking their work to a different publisher. It’s unclear at this point what will happen to the game, which is a damn shame as it was looking like something quite special. Human Head have not issued a statement.

UPDATE: Pete Hines has announced via Twitter that this is a translation error. “To clarify, I didn’t say Prey 2 was cancelled. Gave an interview in English, translated to Dutch, translated back to English (…) simply reiterated what we’ve said previously, which is that it’s not coming out this year.” Thanks, Eggheart.

Source: IGN NL (via Beefjack)

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“developers at Human Head Studio striking over concerns with their work contracts”

Are you serious? Just do your jobs you whiny little bitches.
There’s too many sooks striking over shit these days. If you don’t like your job, get another one.
How is it that blackmail is allowed when it’s called “striking” but it’s not allowed when called “blackmail”.

 

Gahhh. This looked like a great concept. Such a shame, but I trust Bethesda’s judgement.

 

Perhaps if HH want to continue work on this they can remove all Prey references and create a new IP instead? There didn’t seem to be too much to connect this game to Prey anyhow…

 

vcatkiller:
Perhaps if HH want to continue work on this they can remove all Prey references and create a new IP instead?There didn’t seem to be too much to connect this game to Prey anyhow…

Well, it seemed like Tommy from Prey was to be a main character, but as usual they were never going to blab all about the story at this point in development.

This makes me sad.

 

Ignoring the fact that it had f*ck all to do with Prey the premise had potential and that CGI video was cool. Sadly however actual gameplay footage was pretty poor. Of what I saw there was no real chase instead the badguy lead you to different areas for you to fight goons while he waits for you to finish and restart the process. It looked really average.

 
 

eggheart,
I guess I can see how what he comments can happen…

Google translate of Peter Hines from that article above::
I can very briefly and clear. At one we looked Prey 2 and we decided that the game in this state, with all the money, time and resources that we have had stung, did not meet our expectations. Then we decided to stop by our side.

 

oh no!

 

Prey 2 in development.

Aaaaaaand it’s gone.

 

Come on, ya’ll saw this comin yeah? The first Prey was almost likened to how DNF was, never gonna come out, shizen, the first Prey screenshots looked nothing like the game itself, looked more like a mod for Half-Life.

I was kinda liking the story they where building, followed on from the first, Humans have been obliterated, those that survived are now the scum of the galaxy doing whatever to survive.

Or was i reading it wrong?

 
psychofruiterer

You really have to take a step back and have a good look at your product when Bethesda refuse to release it due to it not meeting minimum standards for them !

It would have to have been a complete pile of crap just waiting for someone to bag it up and set it on fire then ring the doorbell and run away…..

just sayin…

 

Thanks for the link eggheart!

 

yeapal:
“developers at Human Head Studio striking over concerns with their work contracts”

Are you serious? Just do your jobs you whiny little bitches.
There’s too many sooks striking over shit these days. If you don’t like your job, get another one.
How is it that blackmail is allowed when it’s called “striking” but it’s not allowed when called “blackmail”.

There must be a clearly legitimate reason why the contract is bad. They’d be striking obviously to get the payment their entitled to for the work they did. This wouldn’t be the first time a publisher refused to pay a developer, and obviously they’ve had to return the investment that Bethesda has made. The industry doesn’t have a union, no one will defend the rights of the workers.. so the only choice they have is to strike. Ask yourself.. who’s really blackmailing who here.. I’ll be interested to know a lot more as to why this was cancelled as well as the circumstances within the contract.

 

A contract is a contract. If it’s bad, don’t bloody sign it.

 
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