Prey 2 Announced Five Years after Original

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Tardiness doesn't make a sound, but if it did, it would be bellowing through the World Wide Web right about now. Five years after the release of Prey (also known as the most inspiring game of the decade), Bethesda Softworks has confirmed that Prey 2 is scheduled for release in 2012. The sequel will be developed by the same studio that created the original game: Human Head Studios in Madison, Wisconsin. It will once again run on id Software's id tech engine.

“We are thrilled to be working with Bethesda on Prey 2,” said Chris Rhinehart, project lead. “Prey 2 will provide gamers the opportunity to explore a new facet of the Prey universe, one that offers fast-paced action in an open, alien world. We’re excited to show gamers the title we have been working on and hope they will be as excited by this title as we are.”

The original Prey told the story of Cherokee Domasi "Tommy" Tawodi, who was granted bizarre spirit powers after an extraterrestrial-like attack on a local bar nearly cost him his life. Though the game was generally favored among the media, many people disagreed and saw it as a throwaway title. The multiplayer had a Gears of War-esque feel to it—not in the actual gameplay, but in how the mode was seemingly tacked on to compliment the single-player experience.

A sequel this late probably wouldn't fly in most cases. Imagine if the next Grand Theft Auto Game didn't drop until 2014! But Prey has a strange feel to it, and that may work in its favor. I'd bet that a lot of people played the first game but probably couldn't recall anything other than Talon's awesomeness. It's an appeal that seems to be working, as the announcement already has unfamiliar gamers wondering whether it's worth a rental.

More details will be unveiled in the May issues of major magazines, including OXM and PlayStation: The Official Magazine.

Stuart Macdonald
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