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Bethesda Confirms Development of Prey 2

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Prey 2 is heading to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC next year.

Bethesda has just confirmed that Human Head Studios is currently working on a sequel to Prey that's expected to land on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC sometime in 2012. The confirmation follows reports of an upcoming article in the next issue of French gaming magazine Joystick which details the Prey sequel.

ZeniMax Media, parent company to Bethesda and id Software, bought the rights to the Prey IP in 2009. The franchise originally began at 3D Realms back in 1995 just before Duke Nukem 3D arrived on the scene, and promised an interesting concept called "portals." Seemingly plagued with the same roller coaster development issues endured by Duke Nukem Forever, work on Prey was eventually halted due to technical problems in 1999. Finally in 2001 Prey was handed over to Human Head Studios, thrown onto id Software's id Tech 4 engine, and released on the Xbox 360 and Windows PC in 2006.

According to Bethesda, Prey 2 is now arriving six years later. Unfortunately, little else is known about the game save for what's shown on the cover of Joystick. "Personne ne l'attendait ... mais ├ža va changer," reads the tagline, roughly translating into "no one expected it, but that will change." And even though 3D Realms announced that a sequel was coming just after the original's launch, Prey 2 really wasn't expected, as Prey raked in mediocre scores with the critics (84-percent on PC, 78-percent on Xbox 360). Even more, literally nothing else has said about the sequel up until now.

Monday Bethesda said that Prey 2 is being built on "the cutting edge id Tech engine from id Software," and we're assuming that it's referring to id Tech 5 which is powering RAGE and DOOM 4. "We are thrilled to be working with Bethesda on Prey 2," said Chris Rhinehart, project lead. "Prey 2 will provide gamers the opportunity to explore a new facet of the Prey universe, one that offers fast-paced action in an open, alien world. We're excited to show gamers the title we have been working on and hope they will be as excited by this title as we are."

Prey fans can continue to check for additional information on Prey 2 in the coming days. Additional information regarding Prey 2 will be revealed in the May issues of Official Xbox Magazine and PlayStation: The Official Magazine, as well as in magazines throughout Europe, Bethesda said.

Maybe long-time 3D Realms fans will get lucky and see some kind of brief tie-in between Prey 2 and Duke Nukem Forever? Doubt it.

UPDATE: Bethesda's Pete Hines had this to say about Prey 2: "It's worth clarifying that this Prey 2 is not what was announced before by anyone else," he said via Twitter. "This is the Prey 2 Human Head wanted to make."

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    jskilnyk , March 14, 2011 6:54 PM
    Interesting, I played the first one and enjoyed it quite well. I wonder how their going to make this one.
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    CoryInJapan , March 14, 2011 7:12 PM
    Hell yea..I was totally just thinking not but a couple days ago. Hmmm I wonder if prey 2 is ever gunna me made..Im excited...Prey was an interesting concept for the FPS wasnt the best game ever..but it was a good game. Maybe it will be done even better and will be more revolutionary that the first one failed to do.
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    Dreamion , March 14, 2011 7:14 PM
    I played the first one, really liked it and was hoping for a sequel back then. Now, it's almost here, THANK YOU!
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    elcentral , March 14, 2011 7:16 PM
    hehe might need to replay the first one once more before i go for the second one. long time no c
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    joytech22 , March 14, 2011 7:26 PM
    Soo.. It's not going to carry from the original, It's going to take a story that the studio "Human Head" started developing for?
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    segio526 , March 14, 2011 8:02 PM
    Awesome, I alway's wondered what would come first, DNF, Prey 2, or Advent Rising 2. Maybe I can keep hoping for Advent?
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    iam2thecrowe , March 14, 2011 8:25 PM
    hopefuly not a linear fps like the original one. I dont want another "doom clone" game that i will play for an hour then put it back on the shelf.
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    apache_lives , March 14, 2011 8:41 PM
    its not 3D Realms it wont be the same i guess..
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    mayne92 , March 14, 2011 10:23 PM
    I also enjoyed the first one. Looking forward to the second iteration...
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    iam2thecrowe , March 15, 2011 12:20 AM
    Wow thats surprising. i guess you guys that actually liked this game just havnt played enough fps yet to get bored of games like this.....or maybe im just getting to old for this sH*t
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    aaron88_7 , March 15, 2011 6:56 AM
    Prey 2 really wasn't expected, as Prey raked in mediocre scores with the critics (84-percent on PC, 78-percent on Xbox 360).

    I'm sure those same critics think Halo is the best game ever. I loved the game, would love it even more to see it come back with some updated graphics/effects!
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    gm0n3y , March 15, 2011 4:22 PM
    The first one was ok. I might consider buying this during one of Steam's sales.
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    FlukieLukie , March 17, 2011 1:58 PM
    gm0n3yThe first one was ok. I might consider buying this during one of Steam's sales.

    That's if they get more CD Keys, they ran out before and its off the store now :S
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    belardo , April 20, 2012 10:15 AM
    So its in development hell... as time go on, the tech becomes out-dated. The market is expecting more.

    The more I play UT2004... the more UGH it gets viewing the 9 year old graphics tech.

    The video trailer looks pretty good so far.