In the years since the project was cancelled, we’ve heard an awful lot about what Human Head’s Prey 2 was supposed to be, including the basics of its alien bounty hunting gameplay. Thanks to Eurogamer, we’ve even learned all about the planned twist ending. One thing we haven’t seen, however, is actual gameplay, with our only insight into the game’s look coming from a very prerendered E3 trailer. Until now, that is.
Andrew Borman, digital games curator at the Rochester, New York’s Museum of Play, shared a brief snippet of footage from the doomed game on his Twitter account recently, and it’s an interesting insight into a game we’ll never get to play. The clip, which comes in just shy of a minute, shows off some cover-based shooting in a space-y looking arena.
— Andrew Borman (@Borman18) March 24, 2018
While it’s neat to get some insight into a cancelled game like this, I’d be lying if I didn’t say the gameplay itself is a little underwhelming. Outside of the verticality of the level and the aesthetic, with its gritty, space-noir feel, there’s nothing too exciting. It looks like exactly the sort of generic shooter that would have released to mediocre reviews five years ago, right down to the way too cluttered minimap. Perhaps it’s for the best we never got to play it. The idea of Prey 2 will always be much neater than the reality.
Borman noted that the footage has “nothing to do with his job” and was simply “sent his way,” so don’t expect the Museum of Play to have any sort of playable prototype of Prey 2 anytime soon.
As for the Prey that did release, Bethesda is teasing a big reveal for its E3 press conference. Expect to hear more about DLC—or perhaps a standalone expansion—come June 10th.