Is Rockstar still working on the PS3 exclusive?
- Posted May 4th, 2009 at 09:55 EDT by
- 40 Comments
In June 2007, director of third party relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) Michael Shorrock revealed on the Official PlayStation Blog that Sony and Rockstar had come to an agreement on developing a new PS3 exclusive.
"As part of our long standing relationship with Rockstar, and the incredible success for both companies with the cultural icon that is Grand Theft Auto, we've agreed to the PlayStation exclusive rights of the next great franchise from the Rockstar studios," Shorrock wrote.
"Rockstar really wanted to make a game that you can truly only do on PS3, harnessing the power of CELL and Blu-ray disc and this deal lets them do just that...This is really a win-win situation for both companies."
President and CEO of SCEA Jack Tretton further discussed the new agreement with Rockstar on Spike TV's Game Head show with Geoff Keighley, confirming that the unnamed project was not L.A. Noire and that Sony was able to release Take-Two from GTA IV exclusivity in exchange for acquiring the rights to the publisher’s next franchise.
"What we're really excited about is the next great franchise from Take-Two and in exchange for letting them out of that exclusive (Grand Theft Auto IV), we've got the rights to the next great franchise from Take-Two."
So, what could the Rockstar PS3 exclusive be? Let's take a look.
Boasting a “perfectly re-created Los Angeles” from the 1940s, L.A. Noire was first revealed back in 2005 as one of two signed exclusives with Sony for the PS3. In late 2006, Rockstar became the official publisher of L.A. Noire and in 2007 the game was listed down for release on PS3 only in Take-Two’s financial report.
However, Team Bondi's official website lists L.A. Noire for "next generation consoles" and recent job postings hint that the game will be released for multiple platforms. As a result, it’s unlikely that L.A. Noire is the PS3 exclusive Sony and Rockstar have up their sleeves.
Chance of being the PS3 exclusive: 9%
Max Payne 3
Although the original Max Payne was an exclusive for PlayStation 2, the sequel, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, made the transition over to multiple platforms, hitting Microsoft’s Xbox in addition to Sony’s PlayStation 2. Given that Rockstar Vancouver recently confirmed that the third installment in the series would be hitting PS3, Xbox 360 and PC later this year, we can safely rule out Payne’s latest outing as a possible candidate.
Chance of being the PS3 exclusive: 0%
Red Dead Redemption
As with Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption will be released on multiple formats this fall, rendering this an impossible option. The sequel is being headed by Rockstar San Diego, which is currently busy churning out fresh content for Midnight Club: Los Angeles.
Chance of being the PS3 exclusive: 0%
Grand Theft Auto V
While it’s no secret Rockstar’s multi-million selling crime series has remained virtually synonymous with the PlayStation brand over the past decade or so, we’ll be the first to admit that the prospect of GTA V jumping ship to the PS3 exclusivity camp is a very, very far stretch of the imagination.
According to ex-SCE Worldwide Studios President Phil Harrison, the reason the previous entry went multiplatform was due to the fact that the PS3 didn't have the install base to support Rockstar's investment in GTA IV on its own. Furthermore, given that GTA IV has sold over 10 million on Xbox 360 and PS3, we'd argue that Rockstar would want to continue multiplatform development to keep revenue as high as possible.
Nonetheless, GTA V as a game (disregarding platform) is all but confirmed. With Rockstar Vancouver working on Max Payne 3 and Rockstar San Diego developing Midnight Club DLC and Red Dead Redemption, this leaves Rockstar North open to the possibility of developing the sequel. Other than the ... (continued on next page)
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ttech10 | Scheller
- 5:01am EDT - May 4th, 2009
I've been wondering the same. It's been forever that we've heard anything and I believe that if we don't hear about it at E3 we will never hear about it again.
- 5:19am EDT - May 4th, 2009
I reckon it's still in the works, Rockstar aren't known for dropping games and if there's any kind of schedule set I'm sure they can stick to it.
I also think it's a new IP, from the way it was talked of as 'the next franchise' it's not logical for it to be a sequal.
- 5:20am EDT - May 4th, 2009
bully 2 !!!???
- 5:25am EDT - May 4th, 2009
If we dont hear anything at E3 then its propably vaporware.
claud3 | Hollow-Agartha29BC
- 5:26am EDT - May 4th, 2009
So the Sony Has and Has not got exclusives for there console?
Thats the question
- 5:33am EDT - May 4th, 2009
heres what i wanna know, why did microsoft pay 25 million on each of the dlc from rockstar? they will never make even half that money back. Plus theres the fact tha about 50% of 360 owners dont have their consoles connected to live because buying an xbox is being cheap.
- 6:23am EDT - May 4th, 2009
GTA5 come on!!! haha
- 6:42am EDT - May 4th, 2009
what are the odds? I thought about this game yesterday.
- 7:02am EDT - May 4th, 2009
if GTA5 is anything like 4 i dont care if it is exclusive. la noire looks like it will be a good game if it ever comes out
- 7:05am EDT - May 4th, 2009
Don't they know that 1 anticipated game equals a system seller?
- 7:24am EDT - May 4th, 2009
@1 I really hope that picture to the left of your name is not you. Because if it is, LMAO!
- 7:52am EDT - May 4th, 2009
Id love if it was GTA 5. But it looks like L.A Noir is the one.
- 7:56am EDT - May 4th, 2009
Great I just read all of that to find out what I already knew. It's an Unannouced exclusive.. Wow just like we were told from the horse.. I need to learn to quit wasting my time..
Nice work Columbo..
- 8:23am EDT - May 4th, 2009
E3 2009 is our only hope to ever hear about this new IP.
And I still hope for LA Noire to be PS3 exclusive as Sony was the one which ordered the project and funded it at the beginning. If not, then it's such a shame about Take Two.
And I'm waiting for SanAndreas Stories too. If Sony was in talks with Rockstar about next GTA PSP then I hope it will see it's daylight on new PSP Go! It would only make sense.
- 8:25am EDT - May 4th, 2009
I think they are still developing. the ps3 has a long life cycle. they can take them time.
- 8:30am EDT - May 4th, 2009
Sony always thinking ahead. Respect :P.
- 8:33am EDT - May 4th, 2009
Noo, I hope they haven't forgotten about us!
- 9:19am EDT - May 4th, 2009
How did you guys come up with those %? T_T
- 9:48am EDT - May 4th, 2009
If Rockstars wants to devolope it's games perfectly and be a smash hit like MGS4 or GTA IV it should be all exclusive and specially GTA V and Red Dead Redemption !!!
- 9:52am EDT - May 4th, 2009
So ultimately Sony win, as not only does GTA4 run better on the ps3, but Sony also pick up a whole new franchise exclusively for the ps3.
So what did Microsoft get out of all this, they lost $50m and gained to little DLC packages. Wow what a smart move by MS.
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