Original Prey Developer Human Head Studios Shuts Down

Human Head Studios will make the recently-released Rune II their last game, as the developer announced today they will be closing their doors. Citing “economic realities” as the reason behind the decision, writing on the studio’s official blog, the creators of the original 2006 Prey explained that the company plans to wind down and transfer its efforts to a new Bethesda-owned developer by the name of Roundhouse Studios.

“We wanted to do whatever we could to keep the team together and keep each member of our talented staff employed, right here at home,” the developer states. “That’s when we reached out to Bethesda Softworks to see what might be possible. As a result, we are happy to announce that the development team from Human Head is becoming part of Bethesda as a new studio based in Madison, WI…the entire staff has been offered new roles with Bethesda, and it’s exciting to know that our team, which has accomplished so much together, for so long, can continue doing what we love.”

Human Head’s portfolio also lists collaborative work and assistance with games like Just Cause 3, the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham Origins as well as Bioshock Infinite. But perhaps one of the studio’s more infamous titles — last year’s The Quiet Man — will be remembered just as vividly as the team’s past high’s; The Quiet Man receiving the not-so-coveted “award” for worst game of 2018 from ourselves, and generally receiving negative reviews upon its original release from critics and consumers alike. Rune II is available now on PC via the Epic Games Store.