Well, good news: the rumors of Prey 2's cancellation have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the game hasn't been canceled at all. It just won't make it into stores this year as planed, Bethesda revealed today. Here's the short statement the company posted on its blog this morning:
Development of Prey 2 has not been cancelled but the game will not be released in 2012 as planned. 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. Prey 2 has shown great promise and we regret disappointing our fans. We have made a substantial investment in game development to deliver the experience fans want. We are determined only to release the AAA game that fans rightfully expect, and are unwilling to compromise our quality standards to meet a release schedule.
I guess you could call my response a mix of disappointment and relief. I was looking forward to playing Prey 2 this year, but if the game really isn't up to snuff, then I'm glad Bethesda took the tough step of postponing it—and not the even tougher step of shelving it altogether. I mean, not many games have you play an alien abduction victim turned bounty hunter in an alien city:
I'll be waiting, Prey 2. I'll be waiting. (Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the tip.)