Back in 2009 Jack Tretton took the stage to announce “the next big Rockstar Game” for the PlayStation 3. Alleged to be in development since 2007, Agent hasn’t seen the light of day since that fateful Sony press conference. Despite investors consistently asking about the game in quarterly company briefings, Take Two Interactive has dodged any culpability for the lack of intel on Agent. With both sides pointing fingers at one another, this week another round of questions hit Take Two. Again, the company didn’t have much to say when it comes to Agent.
“We haven’t announced anything about that title,” said the company executive in response to investors. Unwilling to shut the door on Agent completely, it doesn’t appear to be in the forefront of Rockstar development at this point. With other big fish like Grand Theft Auto V in the pipeline, it’s likely that Agent is nothing but a good idea at this point. If development did start in 2007, alot has changed in the gaming world since then.
Rockstar saw huge success with their Red Dead Redemption franchise, and third party exclusives just don’t make sense for big publishers to do any more. Rockstar has been busy in the meantime. Massive undertakings like Max Payne 3 and the quasi-recently announced GTA V have likely shifted resources away from a project like Agent. Whether any money ever switched hands before this announcement was made is unclear. Sony has pointed the finger at Rockstar in the past, and obviously from Take Two’s recent comments, they have nothing to say on the matter.
You can’t blame fans for wanting an answer to this question however. Introducing such an interesting premise and unique setting was sure to create a stir in the gaming community. Unfortunately, no one is willing to step up and give fans closure or hope at this point.