On Thursday, Bethesda Softworks sent out a press release informing the media that the upcoming first person shooter Prey 2 had been delayed from its planned 2012 release, but not cancelled. We asked Bethesda if Prey 2's developer Human Head Studios was still working on the game but their PR contact told us that they would not comment beyond Thursday's statement.
Now Shacknews reports, via unnamed sources, that Human Head has not been developing the game since November. The story claims Human Head actually went on strike that month in order to protest their current contract to make the game with Bethesda Softworks.
That strategy apparently didn't work, as Human Head was forced to lay off some of Prey 2's team members. The developer has so far been unable to come to a new contract agreement with Bethesda, according to the report. At the moment, Prey 2 is in development limbo.
Human Head recently announced that it was thinking about launching a revival of its debut game, the 2000 third person Viking action game Rune. Shacknews' story also claims that Human Head is in talks to make a new and "high-profile project" but details about that game have yet to be revealed.