news\ Jun 3, 2013 at 11:53 am

Ex-Human Head employee tweets level-headed defense of Prey 2

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Hey, Mr. Blair -- it's not a bad headline.

What happened to Prey 2 -- formerly developed by Human Head -- was political. That's what former Human Head narrative director Jason L. Blair wrote on twitter when he decided to speak out about the game. 

Well, Human Head had a great game. It was reported last week by Kotaku that Bethesda has forced Arkane Austin (the studio behind Dishonored) to pick up development of Prey 2 after kicking Human Head from the project. They're to approach it like a new game, scrapping the work Human Head Studios has done and starting fresh with a 2016 release date in mind.

And then Jason Blair, now with Volition, defended Human Head's work on Prey 2 over a few tweets. They weren't aimed at anyone to cause a ruckus; he was just giving props to the team that worked on the sequel.

Blair tweeted:

"This Prey 2/Arkane rumor is giving new life to a lot of old lies. I'm been quiet about this whole business but can't stay so anymore.

"I've worked at/with @humanheadgames for years, including different stages of Prey 2 development.

"I was narrative designer/writer on Prey 2 for the last six months of its development at Human Head. it was a lot more than a demo.

"Prey 2 was a full game. And a crazy fun one. The team was small but you wouldn't have known it.

"What happened to Prey 2, from where I sat, was political. And petty. And potentially litigable. Human Head had a great game.

"I was heartbroken when Prey 2 went into limbo. Human Head deserved to have that game released. Frankly, they needed it.

"As for Arkane, I've enjoyed what I played of Dishonored. They have the chops. If the rumor is true, they'll likely do well with Prey 2. 

"But I mourn that Prey 2 won't belong to Human Head. I mourn that my friends won't get recognition for what they accomplished.

"Instead, they get the same old 'Prey 2 was never a game' and 'it was just a demo' thrown around. And completely untrue."

There has been no comment by Bethesda.

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