The long development cycle for Prey 2 got another interesting wrinkle on Friday when it was reported Arkane Studios, the developers behind 2012's Dishonored, were now in charge of the languishing property.

Amidst rumors of delays and cancellations, new information has surfaced indicating Bethesda's Prey 2 isn't quite dead yet. A source close to the project told both Kotaku and Prey 2 fan site Alien Noire the sequel is far from being stuck in development hell. Human Head Studios was originally going to work on the project, but is no longer part of Bethesda. The Fallout and Elder Scrolls publisher reportedly passed development along to Obsidian and Rebellion, but neither of those studios have been able to resurrect the project.

Prey 2 is now purportedly in the hands of Arkane Studios, which is apparently disregarding all the previous work on the game, and starting over from scratch on an entirely new vision. The sequel is now believed to be on track for a 2016 release, which means Prey 2 is likely going to be a next-gen title. Though it's unlikely we'll see any new info on the sequel any time soon, seeing a studio as promising as Arkane on Prey 2 bodes well for the game.

Those of you hoping for a second Dishonored game shouldn't fret either. Arkane has two studios, so it's still possible one could be working on Prey 2, with the other ostensibly free and clear to develop Dishonored 2. That said, no one has confirmed Dishonored would be getting a follow-up, but Bethesda has made claims in the past it hoped to turn one of 2012's best games into a franchise.

What do you think of Arkane taking the reins on Prey 2?