Prey 2 development has not been been handed off to Dishonored developer Arkane Studios, as previously rumored, and the delays faced by the project come down to the simple matter of quality, Bethesda has confirmed.
Bethesda marketing and PR boss Pete Hines told Rock, Paper, Shotgun emphatically that Arkane is working on an unrelated project and has not assumed development of Prey 2, as was reported back in May. "No," he stated simply when questioned at QuakeCon. "All of that stuff, I have no idea where it came from. The Human Head Prey 2 thing is the Human Head Prey 2 thing. Arkane is over here, and they're doing their thing, and that's for them to work on. We'll be ready to talk about what they're working on when it gets closer to release." ..
The line about Prey 2's quality is what Bethesda has been saying for some time now. During E3, IGN spoke with Hines and he claimed that Bethesda was even more unhappy with the situation than fans were, but that isn't going to force it into releasing a subpar game. "We're not going to just proceed blindly with something that isn't good enough. We've been very specific about why, and we've been very specific about the whats. When that gets addressed and changed or whatever, at that point we can give an update.
"But nobody's disappointment is greater than ours. We spent a lot of time and money and effort trying to make this thing happen and support folks, but at the same time, you just can't keep throwing money at it and saying, 'sure, it'll eventually work.' You have to have the discipline to say, 'it's not good enough. It's not hitting the quality bar. Why isn't it? We've been at this for a while, and what we have is not what we talked about.' So that's where we are." ..
Well, if they would only tighten up the graphics on level three..
But yea, those graphics look alright. They remind me of Batman: Arkham a bit. I don't really know if that's a good thing. Maybe these are from the current-gen version, but now everyone is jumping on next-gen now. But, I bet Human Head can do Prey 2 just fine. Although that Arkane rumor about how it was supposed to be a spiritual successor to System Shock 2 was pretty weird, if not cool.