Apparently, no one is more disappointed with the setbacks with Prey 2 than Bethesda themselves. In an interview with IGN, Bethesda gave the latest news on Prey 2, explaining that the game just wasn’t good enough.
After spending millions of dollars, the game still just isn’t up to the quality standards set by Bethesda. As explained:
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.
While they know there’s a lot of passion and support for Prey 2 from the gaming community, it just isn’t practical at this point. As much as people like to point fingers at publishers and blame them for crushing developers, it’s hard to paint that picture here. It seems that Bethesda just had to make a tough call regarding finances; it’s simply not good business practice to keep throwing money at something that doesn’t seem viable. There are rumors about it being some sort of personal conflict, to which the response was:
I think all of the stuff that you’ve heard at this point has been from one side of this, and it’s been somebody putting spin on it, like, ‘here’s what happened.’ No, that’s your version of what you think happened. I haven’t heard from anybody yet that actually sat in the room. There are quite a few folks at Human Head that I really like. Chris Rhinehart is one of the nicest guys I have ever met in this industry. He’s somebody I would consider a friend. I love hanging out with him. This isn’t anything to do with anything personal. I love that guy. I like a lot of the folks up there. It just has to do more with what the product looks like and if it’s good enough. As we said in our last update, it’s not good enough. It’s not where it needs to be.
Is it a shame? Definitely. Does it make sense? Of course. However, I think we’d be more upset if they released a sham of a game and called it Prey 2. At least this means that if the game ever emerges from the deep freeze, it will be up to a certain standard of quality. But if and until that ever happens, just forget that it was ever in development.
Last Updated: June 21, 2013