Ex-Human Head employee tweets level-headed defense of Prey 2
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.
What happened to Prey 2, from where I sat, was political. And petty. And potentially litigable. Human Head had a great game.— Jason L Blair (@jasonlblair) June 1, 2013
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.
"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.