The devs of the cancelled title Prey 2 have found new work with a new Bethesda-affiliated studio. Called Roundhouse Studios, the studio will be staffed with the developers from the now defunct Human Head Studios, though as of yet we don’t know what they’re going to be working on.
Along with the announcement of Roundhouse’s establishment, Bethesda also made use of Twitter to send out a press release. Human Head Studios closed down just today for undisclosed reasons, but when the studio reached out to Bethesda for help, Bethesda not only gave everyone new jobs, but got everyone as part of Roundhouse.
Since the former Human Head devs have all worked together for the past two decades (Human Head, in addition to previously working on Prey 2, also worked on the original Prey, Brink, and contributed to BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham Origins, and, less admirably, The Quiet Man), Roundhouse Studios represents a huge amount of talent.
Roundhouse is the second acquisition by Bethesda this month, as the company has also picked up Canada-based studio Alpha Dog Games, which focuses more on mobile game development. While we don’t know what they’ll be working on (the press release has said that even now they’re working on currently-unannounced projects), hopefully with their experience it will be something good.
In the meantime, all we can do is speculate, though we may get something from Roundhouse at the next E3, even if it’s only a regular trailer or even just a teaser. We may also see them contributing to other future Bethesda games, whether it’s The Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield, or something else.
Considering that Arkane, the developers of the Prey reboot that came out back in 2017, are also part of Bethesda, Roundhouse may get a chance to develop a Prey sequel after all, even if it’s not the one that they’d originally envisioned.