Prey 2, at its current state, is “simply not good enough,” according to Bethesda marketing VP Pete Hines.
“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,” Hines told IGN at E3. “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.”
Hines continued, adding that the company is “not going to just proceed blindly with something that isn’t good enough.”
“Nobody’s disappointment is greater than ours,” he said. “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.”
Last month, it was rumored that Bethesda cut Human Head Studios and are having Dishonored developer Arkane Studios create the game. Hines took a moment to address these rumors, but did not directly confirm Human Head’s removal from the project.
“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. When we have more info than that, we’ll let you know.”
Prey 2, as far as we know, is slated for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.