Prey 2's current status is somewhat in limbo. Previously, the game was revealed to be developed by Human Head, developers of the original Prey and the Rune franchise before it, but rumors about the game's cancelation and several reworks are prevalent. Another substantial rumor popped up recently that the game had been handed to Arkane to finish, on the off chance the project is salvageable. For now, however, a cloud of confusion surrounds the project.
To help lend some clarity, VP of PR and Marketing a Prey 2 publisher Bethesda Pete Hines spoke to IGN:
"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. 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.
It’s simply not good enough. 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."
Pete continued the trend of stating that tough decisions have to be made and that the quality of the product was not what they expected and hadn't been for some time. Hopefully it's not too far of a stretch for me to assume that Prey 2 has quite possibly been canceled, potentially scrapped altogether.
It's very rare for a PR representative to be so vocal about such a very precarious issue. The cancelation of a project is typically done entirely behind closed doors, protected by an army of PR, "No comment," responses. Hine's reply here is likely a result of the continued discussion online about the future of the project and the incessant questions. This is probably the best response fans of Prey 2 can expect.
What would I take away from this? I wouldn't bet on Human Head being the primary developer behind Prey 2 anymore. Either its been canceled entirely or started anew with a different developer which may or may not be Arkane. I won't speculate on the future of Human Head at all. That's a situation that will make itself apparent when it's ready on its own.
Maybe it's best if everyone forgets about Prey for a while. Prey 2 was initially announced in 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.