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Prey 2 rumoured to have been rebooted at Arkane Studios

Dishonored maker said to have taken on long-troubled Bethesda project

It's being rumoured that Arkane Studios is rebooting Prey 2 for publisher Bethesda and parent company ZeniMax Online.

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According to a report on Prey 2 fan site Alien Noire, which tallies with information also provided to Kotaku, the sci-fi shooter is being remade from scratch by the Austin, Texas arm of Lyon-based Dishonored studio Arkane.

Bethesda has allegedly been shopping the project around for some time after splitting with original Prey 2 studio Human Head.

Sources claim that Fallout: New Vegas studio Obsidian was attached to the project at one point and that Aliens vs Predator maker Rebellion declined the opportunity to make the game.

It's also claimed that some Arkane staff weren't keen to work on the project, but that the studio's hand was eventually forced by Bethesda. The game's apparently being built on the Dishonored engine with a new target release date of 2016. We've approached Bethesda for comment.

In April 2012, Bethesda issued a statement denying reports that Prey 2 had been cancelled, but saying it had opted to delay the game beyond 2012 due to quality concerns.

In October 2012, Human Head designer Nathan Cheever said Prey 2 was "in limbo".

Unlike the linear shooter gameplay offered by 2006's well-received original, Human Head's Prey 2 was announced as an open world game in which players would bounty-hunt aliens. Check out a trailer here.

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