What Happened To PS3 Exclusive Agent?


Here’s some phrase affiliation for you. Red? Blood. Clouds? Rain. Boy? God of War. Vaporware? Agent.

In June 2009, at Sony’s E3 convention, one thing new and thrilling was introduced. A recent new IP from trade legends Rockstar. Agent- a sport set through the Cold War within the late 70s, with a concentrate on political intrigue, tactical espionage, and assassinations. Announced as a PS3 unique, Agent was being billed as the subsequent massive factor from the masterminds behind Grand Theft Auto, because the the Housers brothers’ subsequent massive concept.

It goes with out saying that individuals had been excited to see what it was all about, and the way it will bolster the PS3’s library. All of us waited for bated breath to not simply get our palms on the sport, however even to get our first actual take a look at the sport itself, as a result of at the moment, all we had was a reputation and a premise. So we waited- and waited. And we’re ready nonetheless.

It’s been over a decade now, and by now, it’s turning into clearer and clearer that Agent, sadly sufficient, isn’t going to be something greater than an concept. But how is it that this subsequent massive Rockstar property, introduced as a uncommon third celebration unique to at least one system, that your complete trade was so excited for, was one thing that may go on to by no means see the sunshine of day? This was a sport that Rockstar appeared actually enthusiastic about after they first introduced it, and after we first heard about its premise, so had been we- so why did we by no means get to see it develop into an precise sport? What the hell occurred to Agent?


When Rockstar and Sony first introduced Agent as a brand new PS3-exclusive IP, not solely did they describe it as “genre-defining”, but in addition as a sport that may “set the bar” for the trade as a complete. The phrase round city was that Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar’s dad or mum firm, had been grooming Agent to be the subsequent massive factor, as the subsequent GTA, with Sam and Dan Houser personally overseeing the sport’s growth.

Back then, the truth is, it very a lot seemed prefer it was all palms on deck for Agent, with Rockstar stating fairly confidently that the sport is likely to be out as early as 2010, which was only a yr away when the sport was first unveiled. Given that, it will stand to cause that growth for the title had been progressing properly.

Work on Agent first began all the way in which again in 2003 (or thereabouts), and although it was placed on maintain indefinitely on the time, contemplating the truth that Rockstar started teasing the challenge round 2007, it wouldn’t be a leap to imagine that manufacturing resumed round that point. And with two or three years of growth below their belt, that Rockstar had been assured of a 2010 launch date when the sport was first introduced doesn’t appear that far-fetched.

Obviously, one thing went improper behind-the-scenes, as a result of after two years of absolute radio silence from all events involved, at E3 2011, then-SCEA chief Jack Tretton forged doubt over any progress Rockstar could have revamped Agent, or if it will be a PS3 unique anymore. Even then, although, at worst we assumed that the sport had suffered a delay, and that it will nonetheless finally come out.


But as time went on, updates on Agent grew rarer and rarer. Back when the PS4 was revealed in 2013 and there was nonetheless no signal of Agent releasing on the PS3, many assumed that the sport had shifted to the next-gen console- nevertheless it was simply that. An assumption. All we heard or noticed of the sport through the years had been leaks of idea artwork from the profiles of artists who’d been engaged on the sport, displaying numerous environments each indoors and outside.

As far as official phrase from the builders and publishers themselves was involved, there was nothing however cagey non-answers on that entrance. In 2013, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick gave the nice previous “now we have nothing to share” quote, and that was actually that final we arduous something concerning the sport from all events involved.

Until not too way back, there was nonetheless hope, nevertheless faint, that one thing would possibly nonetheless come out of Rockstar that may resemble the sport that they had introduced all the way in which again in 2009. The Agent trademark was renewed by Rockstar in 2013, then in 2014, after which as soon as once more in 2016. Given all these renewals, there have been some who nonetheless held out hope that Rockstar would maybe finally get again to engaged on the sport. But then final yr in November, the Agent trademark was formally deserted, driving the ultimate nail within the game-that-never-was’ coffin.

So sure, as heart-breaking because it is likely to be, I believe we’ve all come to just accept by now that Agent isn’t going to occur. It feels unusual to really feel disappointment concerning the cancellation (similar to it’s) of a sport that by no means even obtained off the bottom, that we by no means even noticed in motion for even a single second. But the lure of an enormous, new IP by Rockstar, and the inherently fascinating nature of its premise mixed to make it a very mouth-watering expertise.


In the absence of any official phrase from Rockstar or Take-Two (and even Sony), all we will do is speculate about why Agent by no means noticed the sunshine of day, however there are some speculations to be made for certain. Given the timeframe of Agent’s announcement (and as such, its growth) and what was initially meant as its launch date for 2010, it may not be a stretch to imagine that work on the sport clashed with Red Dead Redemption, which additionally got here out in 2010. And Red Dead Redemption had, in spite of everything, an infamously gruelling crunch interval, particularly within the last legs of its growth, so it’s completely doable that Rockstar pulled in individuals from different initiatives (i.e., Agent) to complete world on the sport.

But what about after Red Dead Redemption’s launch? Well, not log after Red Dead got here out, Grand Theft Auto 5 grew to become the centre of consideration at Rockstar. It launched simply three years after RDR, and it was a good larger production- considerably so. Connect the dots, and the idea one would draw is that after Red Dead was shipped, it was all palms on deck for GTA 5.

Agent is little greater than an idea now. We all however know that it’s by no means going to be launched, and although that silly optimist in all of us retains on hoping that Rockstar hasn’t given up on this title, we’ve all come to just accept that that’s certainly silly optimism. Rockstar is devoted to Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption nearly completely – hell, even a brand new Bully sport appears to be like unlikely – so maybe it’s time, lastly, to let the Agent dream die.

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