Friday, April 20th 2012

Human Head hasn't Worked on Prey 2 in Months, RUNE Sequel Possible

News that Prey 2 had not been cancelled, but rather delayed, was relieving to fans of the original. However, why has there been such secrecy surrounding the project over the last several months? According to a Shacknews source who asked not to be identified, Human Head was not happy with the terms of its contract with ZeniMax, and deliberately stopped work on the game in November so it could try to negotiate a more favorable deal. While doing that, many on the development team were laid off, with the hope they would be rehired if the contract issue was resolved favorably. The process seemed to be gathering some positive momentum until January when ZeniMax's responses all but stopped, causing some of the laid-off Prey 2 team to wonder if the game would ever see the light of day.

By March 1, the source said, things had progressed a bit, leaving the Prey 2 team hopeful that they would return to work soon. But that quickly soured the following day. The source could provide no further first-hand details after March 2. When contacted for a response, an official at ZeniMax responded that "we aren't commenting on the game's development beyond what was said in the statement that was released this morning." In light of the new information, the official stance that "the delay is due to the fact that game development has not progressed satisfactorily this past year, and the game does not currently meet our quality standards" seems to throw Human Head under the creative bus. With development stalled for months, it's no surprise that the game would be unable to meet so-called "quality standards."


It is unclear at this point what ZeniMax will do with the title now. A new developer certainly looks likely, and it would not be the first time Bethesda had changed developers on a game, namely shifting Rogue Warrior from Zombie Studios to Rebellion in 2009. The source did say that one thing that kept the Human Head studio in a positive frame of mind was that they were working on a new high-profile project and negotiations for that game were going quite well. While they didn't give us any further details, the developer did recently admit they were "considering" a sequel to Rune.Source: Shacknews
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6 Comments on Human Head hasn't Worked on Prey 2 in Months, RUNE Sequel Possible

#1
TheMailMan78
Big Member
RUNE 2 please, and yes Ill sign the divorce papers as soon as I equip Ragnar.
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1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
I would rather see a RUNE 2 than a PREY 2 by far. Loved the original RUNE, where else can you beat people down with a decapitated head? It's been a long time since I played it, but I remember loving the storyline as well.
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: 1Kurgan1
I would rather see a RUNE 2 than a PREY 2 by far. Loved the original RUNE, where else can you beat people down with a decapitated head? It's been a long time since I played it, but I remember loving the storyline as well.
This feature needs to be brought to BF3 now!
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1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Agreed, I'm kind of disappointed its only me and you who have posted in here, especially considering you posted the thread. Figured more would have known of RUNE greatness, but I guess not.
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#5
WaroDaBeast
by: 1Kurgan1
Agreed, I'm kind of disappointed its only me and you who have posted in here, especially considering you posted the thread. Figured more would have known of RUNE greatness, but I guess not.
Are you kidding me? Rune was great! You could use various body parts from previously maimed adversaries to hit others. That's why I liked it more than Drakan. By this I mean that, even though you could kick maimed body parts in Drakan, you couldn't grab them. :P

That said... The jumping parts were kind of a pain, if I remember correctly.
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Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
OMG such fun with Rune back in the day! The fun multiplayer melee combat was such a sweet change form the usual shooters. Came out not long after I built my first gaming PC with the world's first GPU. :)

Reinstalled it last year but couldn't find any servers...

Edit: Maybe Rad Ed can host us a Rune server for a bit? :)

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=164439
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