Prey 2 blew us away at E3 2011, to the extent that we crowned Human Head's bounty-hunting sequel as the second best game of show (behind a certain BioShock Infinite). However, the project quickly fell off our radar, with suggestions that the developers had effectively gone on strike and left the freeform shooter up the proverbial creek.
New reports, however, allege that Prey 2 might finally be back on track... and in the hands of none other than Arkane Studios.
According to Kotaku's tipster source and a new report from Alien Noire, Bethesda held Prey 2 in limbo for nearly a year, briefly flirting with Obsidian Entertainment (yay!) and Rebellion (hmm) as potential developers. However, they now allege that Arkane Studios have taken up the mantle, who's expertise with creating versatile systems-driven first person games will come in useful for this... versatile systems-driven first person game. Since Prey 2 is all about offering players huge amounts of gameplay choice on a moment-by-moment basis, the two titles overlap rather nicely indeed.
That said, some of the developers are reportedly not pleased that they've been handed someone else's IP, but are being told to "“forget that it’s called Prey 2 and just treat it like a new System Shock" by management.
Of course, this is one of those times when you should be grabbing huge fistfuls of salt straight out of the bottom of the shaker, but we can but hope that this is true. More as we hear it.
If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, check out our ancient Prey 2 preview.