December 10, 2012, 12:00

2013 Most Anticipated – #22 Prey 2

By William Petrou-Nunn, Contributor

Editor’s Note: We’ve chosen our twenty-five most anticipated games of 2013 from an extension list of confirmed and almost certain releases for next year. Having each voted for the games on the list and then processing the results through a methodical algorithm we’re here to bring you the results. We’ll take a look at what we know about each game, plus the reasons the team voted for each title, with an article every day until the end of the year - when we’ll reveal our most anticipated game of 2013. To see all previous games in this feature, visit the dedicated stream.

A game which incorporates the wonderful free-running of Mirror’s Edge mixed with first-person shooter elements like Deus Ex cannot go wrong in my eyes; this is why I’m excited for Prey 2. You play as a lone bounty-hunter, chasing down alien criminals and using either stealth or brawn to capture the bounty alive. I cannot wait to use the enormous arsenal that is hinted at in one of the few game-play trailers. From pistols to shoulder mounted rocket launchers, Prey 2 seems to give you everything you need to capture your target.

2013 Most Anticipated   #22 Prey 2

Unfortunately, we all expected this game some time earlier this year and I was hard pressed to find any game-play content that was publicly available. This is because Bethesda don’t feel that Prey 2 is an AAA title that the public deserve. Our Editor-in-Chief, David Howard, stated that, “Prey 2 was our eighth most anticipated game of the year following some still stunning gameplay demonstrations. However, a spanner or two have been thrown into the works since development has “not progressed satisfactorily” and up to Bethesda’s standards. There’s still the possibility that it won’t ever see the light of day, but I sincerely hope this is not the case and that it’ll find its feet again and see a release at some point this year.”

Prey 2 will work on a mission giving basis which you can obey or disobey, although this will change the outcome of the game and possibly how much money you get. You can go to black-market dealers to upgrade your weapons and armour, or you can save up for that special something which will make murder just that little bit easier. The seedy world in which you stalk your prey looks to be a  great backdrop for the game to take place and expand. The cities are extremely vertical so incorporate the free-running mechanic into Prey 2 very well.

There is little to see from Prey 2 and the latest game-play video was almost a year ago. Because Bethesda have placed this game in limbo, there are genuine fears that Prey 2 won’t even surface next year. Fellow writer Ryan explained why he is anticipating the long awaited sequel.

“I picked this for last year’s round of most anticipated and despite there being no further news, screens or trailers, I’m still as excited to see more as I was in 2011. The in-game combat still looks amazing despite it nearing it second birthday. The influences Human Head have taken are clear with Mirror’s Edge and Star Wars culminating in one of the prettiest and more original first-person shooters seen this generation.”

2013 Most Anticipated   #22 Prey 2

It would be a great shame if Prey 2, a game with such potential, does not make it to our consoles and with the imminent coming of ‘next-gen consoles’ the longer Prey 2 is put off, the less likely it will be seen in stores. Sub-Editor Dave Irwin voiced his concerns about Prey 2 ever reaching us: “We do have to wonder if this will make 2013, given that it was rumoured to be cancelled at one point and that Bethesda have made clear that the game won’t appear until it meets the AAA quality. Having said that, the game looks stunning and has the potential to feel unique.”

This game interests me purely because of the immense scope it has. I can just picture myself free-running through a dirty city capturing and interrogating criminals and targets, leaving havoc and destruction in my wake. For a game that was our eighth most anticipated game last year to come twenty-second now just goes to show how quickly games can fall out favour. Hopefully Prey 2 comes in 2013 but, seeing as there has been no more news, we at One Hit Pixel are left guessing as to whether we will ever see such a hot prospect hit the market.