The story of Prey 2 is long and ugly, ending with a complete cancellation followed by the release of Arkane's totally different game, Prey, in 2017. Arkane's Prey is extremely good, but curiosity about Prey 2 as it was originally envisioned—a spin-off game of outer-space bounty hunting, developed by Human Head—has persisted, because the bits and pieces we've seen of it look really damn cool. Last weekend, Andrew Borman, digital games curator at museumofplay.org, shared a 51-second clip of prototype Prey 2 gameplay he'd been given—and it looks really damn cool.
Seems like a good day to post a short video I was sent from @humanheadgames cancelled Prey 2. Still look forward to the day that I have more to share. #prototypes #prey2 pic.twitter.com/3Fl0lB4puNMarch 24, 2018
A minute of gameplay does not make a game, but I love the visual style of the world, and the suggestion of plentiful verticality—something we also saw mentioned in our 2011 preview. Obviously Bethesda had reasons for canceling it that we can't see the breadth of, but between this and the plot twist we learned about last year—which as it turns out bears an interesting resemblance to a [spoiler alert!] twist in Arkane's Prey—I really do wish this one had made it to the finish line, too.
For those of you who missed the splash Prey 2 made at E3 2011, enjoy.
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Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.