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Submitted by Nick212004 1280d ago | rumor

PlayStation Exclusive Agent to Become PS4 Exclusive?

"Jack Tretton, President/CEO of SCEA, announced during their E3 2009 press conference that Rockstar Games, developer of Grand Theft Auto, was developing Agent, a stealth action video game exclusive to Sony's PlayStation 3. Despite just a logo being shown during the conference, speculation ran rapid and anticipation for the project grew immensely. Here we are more than three years later and we have yet to see any gameplay or hear more details on what Rockstar Games will be delivering with their upcoming project causing many questions to be raised." (Agent, E3, Next-Gen, PS3, Rockstar Games)

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jsslifelike  +   1280d ago
GAWD, I almost forgot about Agent TBH.
Dlacy13g  +   1280d ago
To be honest there has been nothing to remember save for a title screen and a few less than exciting screenshots from a few years back. .
Disccordia  +   1280d ago
Rockstar North are obviously busy with GTAV right now and if that doesn't release until April then it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that this game is unlikely to see the light of day this gen.

And tbh, even after GTA their main focus will be dlc or the next GTA so unless they move it to another studio its never gonna have the chance to enter full production.

As long as Rockstar keep the platforms for GTAV secret there is still always a remote chance it might even be that.
pixelsword  +   1279d ago
Isn't this just an opinion piece, would you say?
gatormatt80  +   1279d ago
Im so sick of this run around Take-Two is giving us and the media. Honestly, and this is just how I feel, I think its time that gaming news and websites start demanding more info on this game and even threatening Take-Two by not giving any of their games media exposure unless they show us something for Agent. Yeah this is pretty drastic i know and would never happen, Im just tired of this crap.
HebrewHammer  +   1280d ago
I haven't!

But back on topic, this started as an original Xbox game from what I understand. Some Rockstar employees were sent out to Cairo to take some pictures they could use for reference back in 2004.

So the possibility of it releasing on new hardware has some weight, since the IP's done it before.

Personally, I don't think it will ever see the light of day.

But this also begs the question of what kind of deal Sony had with Rockstar to begin with. I always thought AGENT was a way to compensate PlayStation enthusiasts for the lack of GTA IV episodes initially and losing out on LA Noire exclusivity. Makes you wonder if there is a written document stipulating that Rockstar owes an exclusive PlayStation platform title.
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Raoh  +   1280d ago
From what I read in the past, Sony/Rockstar/Take Two had a Grand Theft Auto exclusivity deal.

Take Two broke that deal with Microsoft check covering any losses from breaking the contract.

The clause in the contract was that Sony gets to choose another title as an exclusive.

So basically Take Two laid out some projects that were in the background being worked on or tossed around and Sony chose Agent.

At this point, sony could have changed their minds and chose another title or microsoft stepped in again with another 50 million dollar check forcing sony to choose another title. If so I hope sony was smart enough to sweeten the clause in the contract to maybe get two titles or some other form of payment from take two.
morganfell  +   1280d ago
It's gamerabcess, remember their story from the other day? I recall what a wonderful piece that was...not.

Besides, they are a day late and a dollar short. Actually 62 days late.
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Larry L  +   1280d ago
That's not quite the story I remember. If I recall GTA had nothing to do with anything. That exclusivity deal ended long before this generation even started when the GTA games came out on the original Xbox. The "origin story" of AGENT I recall goes something like this....

Sony wanted a new exclusive RockStar game for their new hardware (PS3), so they went to R* and said hey, make us a great game, and WE are going to fund the whole thing, spare no expense.

So a contract was signed to the tune of Sony giving R* 20 (or it was 25) million dollars. (this signing was behind the scenes late 2005 early 06).

The game and tech R* came up with, with that 20 million dollars was the basis of L.A. NOIR.

R* showed the tech demo of the game to Sony in a meeting early 2007, and as the story goes, Sony was not impressed compared to the things GG, Insomniac and ND were showing Sony basically said this isn't good enough to warrant the exclusivity contract and 20 million, but they were very gracious and didn't want the money back........

Instead Sony said, go ahead and make all the money you can with this game you're showing us here. If you want to make it multi-platform, go ahead. Just sign this new contract saying that 20 Million will go towards building a game from the ground-up taking advantage of the PS3 hardware.

That game was Agent.

Basically.......The terms of public info since that story came out back in like 2008.

Personally, my opinion is that RockStar /Take-Two REALLY love all the money they've made this gen cross-platform. Between GTA4, Red Dead and LANoir and their expansions, not to mention the 50 million from MS to make the GTA4 expansions exclusive for a year...........20 million dollars is chicken **** compared to the money they've made, and I suspect they decided they weren't interested in putting their efforts into a game exclusive to a single platform.

I believe they bought out that 20 million dollar contract, and just to not burn any bridges, probably paid Sony back double or even more.

I really believe that happened, and therefore "AGENT the PS3 exclusive game from R*" is no more. The question I have is: What happened to the assets for that game?, because it had to at least have a good 2 years of development in before that happened.

Did R* give the assets of the game to Sony, or is R* going to make it a multi-platform game? Or maybe this article is right, and it will be a PS4 game. But with the game not being mentioned this past E3, there's no possible way it's going to be a PS3 game.
_-EDMIX-_  +   1279d ago
@HebrewHammer- "I always thought AGENT was a way to compensate PlayStation enthusiasts for the lack of GTA IV episodes initially and losing out on LA Noire exclusivity"

??? Sony didn't lose out on LA Noire exclusivity. RockStar merely "helped" in its development, its main job was to publish the game. Team Bondi is the creator of LA Noire NOT RockStar.

Team Bondi, the team behind The Getaway series made the game and it was being funded by Sony and published by Sony.

They took YEARS to make it, wasted a whole lot of money and Sony decided to give up support of the team.

Team Bondi owning the IP rights to LA Noire went to RockStar to have it published and for help in the final development stages of the game.

Look up how this came about please.

@Larry- read above, RockStar didn't make LA Noire, Team Bondi did.

To question why RockStar would want to make a exclusive PS3 game is quite dumb. They are a open world developer that made GTASA (used up 5.2 gigs) and then made GTAIV (using up about 6.8 gigs) so if you clearly see and understand what i just said, you would have to clearly see why Sam and Dan Houser would want to make a Bluray game.

"Rockstar really wanted to make a game that you can truly only do on PS3, harnessing the power of the Cell and Blu-ray disc and this deal lets them do just that" as said by Sony's Michael Shorrock

"a game the company had been wanting to make for some time" Sam Houser

I believe hes saying this based off Bluray. A GTA game clearly needs the space and DVD9 clearly isn't cutting it.

If they make Agent clearly the PS3 version will be amazing, but the 360 version would have lots of installs and many disk, only based off of the size of such an open world game.

(clearly because the 360 version will clearly come over time as do all 3rd party timed exclusives (besides of course MGS4)

But you never know, MGS4 didn't make that jump because of Bluray, this game can very much be the same deal. Not porting because of hardware limitations (dvd9)
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paradigmfellow  +   1280d ago
If it is not a RPG, I don't care.
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HebrewHammer  +   1280d ago
I would love to see what Rockstar could bring to the RPG genre.
showtimefolks  +   1279d ago
RS confirmed they are working on it so let's see even their last investors call they said its in development.

i think it will launch on ps3 and ps4. yes i do believe its still an exclusive and will remain as such IMO. RS and sony have a long relationship so i think RS might just do it as exclusive to create a lot of hype
jbiz320  +   1279d ago
cool story bro..

Except that if Rockstar wants to, you know, make money it WILL go multiplat.. Keep on believing that fanboy BS about "relationships" if you want to.. bottom line is money talks.
showtimefolks  +   1279d ago
Dude I was just saying aight nothing fan boyish lol

Take two president have said they want to make a bang and being exclusive will create bigger hype his words not mine so who the heck knows when ts coming and which systems

But do t forget 2 things:

La:noire Sony funded about 20 million and than they let RS have it
GTA 4 was suppose to be timed exclusive for s3 but any let them out of the contract

So in my eyes agent is RS way of paying back
princejb134  +   1279d ago
I definitely forgot this one
Venomousfatman  +   1280d ago
At this point, I really don't know what to think about Agent. Could be coming out, could not be, but hey if it ends up coming out next gen, that would be cool. But at least give us something, or stop harping on it and move on.
iamnsuperman  +   1280d ago
Possibly on the PS4 but what I do know is Sony has no clue if the game is still an exclusive as they have said this. Only Rockstar knows what is going on
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Knight_Crawler  +   1280d ago
Release on PS4 only and sell allot oF copies or release on PS4,720,WiiU and make a gazillion load of money.

I think the choice is clear from a business point of view.
slavish  +   1279d ago
if its on ps4 the wii-u cant run it!
VanillaBear  +   1280d ago
Well if I was Sony I would ask Rockstar for my money back, you know the money they put into L.A Noires funding before it went multiplatform. They cut a deal with Rockstar so if L.A Noire went MP they would do a full Rockstar game exclusively for them
stonecold3  +   1280d ago
i will buy a ps4 then if its true i hope it will be out on ps3 still ?
andibandit  +   1280d ago
Yes if you buy a PS4 it will be out on PS3.
TiberiusGill  +   1280d ago
I don't believe Agent is a product. But I'm a bit of a pessimist, so...
AgreeFairy  +   1280d ago
No. It will stay a PS3 exclusive. Just because Sony releases the PS4 doesn't mean they will completely drop support for their previous console. They're not Microsoft.
Dlacy13g  +   1280d ago
Umm.. that decision is not Sony's... Rockstar has final say NOT Sony.
Withdreday  +   1280d ago
Not if Sony's the publisher. As we've seen with Mass Effect 1, if either Sony or MS are the publishers of a game, they can block anything.
GameOn  +   1279d ago
yeah like how MS Studios published Gaiden 2, Oh wait!
Dlacy13g  +   1279d ago
@Withdreday... Rockstar publishers their own games now. Just look at GTA 4, Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire if you need further proof.

Sony will ultimately have no say so in whether this game stays exclusive or not. The only thing they can do is throw advertising / cash for exclusivity and I don't know Rockstar wants to go that route again after GTA 4.
_-EDMIX-_  +   1279d ago
Mass Effect 1 was not on PS3 because of EA NOT MS. EA owns the ME ip AND publishing rights. They published the PC version of Mass Effect 1 NOT MS. The reason behind them not making a PS3 version is completely on there on them. They chose to not due so (i feel it was the right choice in terms of business)

A port would cost a lot of money and probably wouldn't even make them back a return.

ME2 on the other hand could be made on PS3 right away while 360 and PC development was going on.

Look at Wii U! Its not getting ME1 nore ME2. JUST ME3. EA is the reason why buddy, not MS.
_-EDMIX-_  +   1279d ago
Another thing to note, is it really depends on what exactly is being promised. On top of that, do you really think Sony doens't have its lawyers right up contracts? I mean shit, do you guys just think that Sony is a person that walks up to Rockstar (another person) and just makes a promise?

LMFAO! Those businessmen who make those deals have contracts, they are not just fanboys or regualr folk. They could care less about this "console war" they are there to do there job and why on earth would they not carry a contract for such a thing? If Rockstar doesn't want exclusivity then its likly they've had to pay Sony something back for backing out on the deal (terms of agreement) Sony is literally leaving out there own first party games knowing such an IP is filling a "void".

Sony could had chose to have Sony London work on something else besides The Getaway 3 because of this deal, CLEARLY if RockStar changes there mind, Sony has something they need from RockStar in return for messing up there plans (breaking terms of agreement)

This is not just a promise made on the playground people. Rockstar and Sony are not just good buddies, they are companies with bankrolls and investors to please.
Dlacy13g  +   1279d ago
Nobody knows what behind door dealings are going on here. My point which is still 100% valid is that Rockstar not Sony will decide the fate of this game. IF (I stipulate IF) Rockstar is choosing to back out of a deal made with Sony there must be a big enough monetary reason to do so. There may be some kind of back out clause but given the game never had a hard release date of any kind I am sure those penalties are slight if anything.

So far the only company that actually benefited from this exclusive deal has been Sony to be honest. They got to go on stage at E3 and announce vapor ware (so far atleast) that was coming exclussive to the PS3. Made Sony look great on stage. More than likely this deal Sony had with them hinged on a huge marketing campaign that Sony would foot the bill on for exclusivity. No game means no marketing push which means both parties are able to walk away. Your it messed up Sony's line up falls flat given there was never a release date or true window, you can't plan around something that has no date.
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GarandShooter  +   1279d ago
You simply can't know that without knowing the terms of their deal. For instance, if Sony was giving up exclusivity of a title that could move hardware or eating dev costs for a multiplat, why wouldn't they strike a deal that put them the driver's seat? Furthermore, if that same deal allowed R* to be in a better position than if they declined the deal why wouldn't they agree? Then it's also not unthinkable that Sony would protect their investment with a buy out clause that would cost R* a handsome sum to break.

Come to think of it, I guess even in that scenario you could say R* has final say, as they could opt to buy out the contract, though I don't think that is what you were trying to say.

Bottom line, we should know, or at least agree on what the general facts of the deal were to try to guess the obligations of the parties of the contract.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1280d ago
Hopefully cause i wouldn't wanna know that it got cancelled.
Garrus010  +   1280d ago
As Santa Claus, that game is a legend 8)
KingOptimusOrigin111  +   1280d ago
I'm getting tired of the gamer access.
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DarkZane  +   1280d ago
I wonder if this is ever gonna come out. At least Final Fantasy Versus XIII is taking forever, but you know it's gonna come eventually.
jay2  +   1280d ago
Let's hope so, we should be getting ready for at least Durango this time next yr and should have seen PS4 in action by now, hope to see this and uncharted 4. G/Games new project and so on.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1280d ago
At this point who knows. I just find it a slap in the face to the fans, and especially to Sony.
0pie  +   1280d ago
stupid article... Rockstar didnt event said that it will be a ps4...
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DA_SHREDDER  +   1280d ago
The name doesn't strike me at all. I mean sure, a name doesn't have to mean anything for a game to be good, but honestly, coming from Rockstar, I expected alot more than vaporware.
elda  +   1280d ago
Until something is said from Sony or R* there is no Agent & its been about 4yrs now & both sides always avoid the topic of this supposedly game.
chrisarsenalsavart  +   1280d ago
agent is in the making and will come on ps4.
sony paid rockstar for exclusivity in order to move hardware, overwise they would just take their cut on a multiplat game without having to invest a penny on it.
That is why i think it is to late for Agent to have any effect on ps3 sales with just a year before ps4.
Knight_Crawler  +   1280d ago
Can you please provide a link to where Sony and R* confirmed that they paid for exclusivity? I am not saying your lying but I can never find a link where Sony or R* confirmed this.
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mafiahajeri  +   1280d ago
If Sony secure Agwnt for the PS4 then I can see a lot of people getting a ps4 at launch.
GameOn  +   1279d ago
Maybe if they showed something, but i cant see too many people buying a console for a logo.
Ben_Grimm  +   1280d ago
As long as this has been in supposed development I doubt it would be a PS4 exclusive.
MysticStrummer  +   1280d ago
Yeah I don't see why they'd make it a PS4 exlusive. As long as it's been in development, it would most likely launch between the beginning and middle of next gen and have a lower install base to sell it to. It will either stay PS3 exclusive or go multiplat in this gen or next. This gen is looking pretty dicey, unless they pull a bombshell reveal and 2013 release date announcement sometime between now and E3 next year. Or... Sony pays them a bundle to make it a PS4 launch title.
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telekineticmantis  +   1280d ago
As a launch title for PS4
That would be amazing.
Adolph Fitler  +   1280d ago
Thats ridiculous...Does that mean The Last Guardian is going to be a 2nd-3rd gen PS4 title along with GT6.

I guess it's nice that I'll be able to get a hopefully awesome Rockstar title at launch, so I am almost certain to get a triple a title along with my launch model PS4, but it sucks as a PS3 owner, as the game was supposed to be a PS3 exclusive in return for our delay on GTA4's extra content.
Bonerrr  +   1280d ago
Haha of course... the "so called" AAA title that we haven't heard anything about since 2009.
What get's me with this, is that you PS3 owners will "keep waiting"...
I'll put a tenner on it, that it'll end up mutliplatform.
SlipperyMooseCakes  +   1280d ago
I never click this dude's link. All his titles are just pure sensationalism and the content is almost always just skepticism and rumor.
Emilio_Estevez  +   1279d ago
Make sure to downvote the story and site then, getting real tires of sensationalism.
YodaCracker  +   1280d ago
I doubt it will be a PS4 exclusive OR a PS3 exclusive. The last time the game was brought up during E3, Jack Tretton sounded very uncertain about it. Here is the quick interview:

"Geoff Keighley: Still exclusive to PS3, though?
Jack Tretton: Uh, I'm not sure where we're gonna end up on that ... but I think we'll be very pleased with the PS3 offering on Agent."

That sure does not sound like a PlayStation exclusive to me. It looks like it will go the same way as L.A. Noire - starting out as a PS3 exclusive, and then going multiplatform.
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Tsukuyomi  +   1280d ago
This game is shrouded in mystery. Nothing is really knownabout the game so i guess RockStar put it on hold for now with Gta 5 coming
wenaldy  +   1280d ago
Retarded news from retarded website/ "journalist"
Afterlife  +   1279d ago
Agree. He always does this to get hits.
Burning_Finger  +   1280d ago
The game is too fugly to be on next gen system.
Belking  +   1280d ago
If they wanna make money its safer to go multi-platform.
L6RD7BLU3  +   1280d ago
give me the getaway 3 please
black911  +   1280d ago
Only Rockstar and Sony Knows. We can only Assume. I assume that Agent is multiplat. And GTA6 on Next-Gen will be a PS3 exclusive. Or maybe GTA5 will be a PS3 exclusive. It's funny no platforms have been confirmed for GTAV yet.
beerkeg  +   1279d ago
They'd have to offer Rockstar so much money to make it exclusive, and I don't think Sony would be able to.
Afterlife  +   1279d ago
There's a bunch of lame articles from this guy.
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