Bethesda Says ‘Prey 2’ Just Isn’t ‘Good Enough’

The fate of Prey 2, which saw its official reveal in March of 2011, seems to be brought in question just about every six months; there has been talk of cancellation, the development being stalled, and even talk that development duties had changed hands.

Now it seems there’s even more bad news for those who were looking forward to Prey 2.

Speaking to Bethesda VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines at E3 last week, IGN asked why Bethesda went dark on the development of Prey 2 since last year, when the company simply confirmed that the game had not been canceled amidst rumors to the contrary.

The response wasn’t particularly encouraging for Prey fans, but at least it isn’t a death sentence.

“We appreciate that folks are displeased that we haven’t had any update or any info on Prey 2, but whatever your displeasure is, you can’t even be remotely as unhappy about it as us,” Hines told the site. “We spent years and millions of dollars and a ton of effort trying to help Human Head make a great Prey 2 game. What we said the last time we said anything was that it’s not up to our quality standards.”

Indeed, Bethesda’s official statement on the game’s status last year said that while Prey 2 had not been canceled, the game in its current state, as it existed at the time – and apparently as it still exists – was not up to the company’s standards.

“[Prey 2 is] simply not good enough,” Hines added. 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.”

Are you still holding on to hope that Prey 2 will still see the light of day, or have you since given up on the game?