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Is the sequel to Prey cancelled?

Prey 2 may be canned as the game's developer does nothing to quash rumours of its cancellation.

Reports suggest that the sequel to Prey, which was released in 2006, may be cancelled according to a report on the Dutch site PS Focus.

The game's developer Bethesda Softworks cancelled a presentation at the Game Developers Conference at the beginning of March and nothing has been heard about the game since.

Prey 2's lead programmer, Brian Karis, said on Twitter at the time of the conference: "Yes, Zenimax forced us to pull all Prey 2 related talks from GDC. I'm pretty devastated by the news. This was to be my first
[conference] talk."

It is suspected that the developer's parent company, ZeniMax Media Inc has canned the game in order to concentrate on titles with a more reliable fan base.

Last year, RAGE, Brink and Hunted: The Demon's Force did not perform well commercially so the firm may have been concerned Prey 2 would follow suit.

Since the rumours began circulating Bethesda, the developer behind the Elder Scrolls and recent Fallout titles, has refused to confirm or deny the allegations.

If the game were to be canned it would be a great shame, as it has an interesting looking format with an open world that departs greatly from the original's linear style.

The plot follows Killian Samuels, a former US Marshal trapped on an alien world called Exodus with no memory. He believes he is the only human before meeting Tommy, the protagonist of the first game.

Samuels becomes a Boba Fett-style bounty hunter and players follow him as he tried to remember his past.

The original Prey was in development for an incredible 11 years and was noted for its compelling use of gravity as a means to solve puzzles.

Prey 2 was scheduled to be released this year on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but it remains to be seen if it will ever see the light of day.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801326594-ADNFCR