What in the hell happened to Agent?

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In 2007, Sony proudly announced they had secured the rights to a brand new franchise from Rockstar, the house behind the prolific Grand Theft Auto. "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," SCEA’s Michael Shorrock said at the time.

At E3 in 2009, that game was finally revealed to be a PlayStation 3 exclusive Agent, that would draw players in to  "the world of counter-intelligence, espionage and political assassinations."

What in the hell’s happened to it?

“The game, like anything from Rockstar North, is going to be very, very cool. It’s going to push the edge, it’s going to be genre-defining and it’s going to be a whole new way of experiencing videogames that we haven’t really seen before,” Take 2’s president at the time, Ben Feder, said. He’s since stepped down.

Last year, we were “treated” to a few screenshots of the game courtesy of one of the game’s environmental artists, Leigh Donoghue, but we’ve seen and heard nothing else of the elusive agent. Sony Jack Tretton said at E3 last year that the game might no longer be exclusive to the PS3. “Agent is still in development,” he said “but I’m not sure exactly where we’ll land on that [exclusivity], that’s more something for Rockstar to decide, but I’m sure we’ll have a great offering on Agent for PS3.”

Rockstar, busy with Max Payne 3 and Grand Theft Auto 5, has recently star talking up sequels – bringing up games like Red Dead Redemption and L.A Noire – but there’s still nothing to be said of Agent. I don’t care one way or the other about the game’s platform, but its premise – what little we’ve heard of it – sounds incredibly interesting, but with 5 years gone one has to wonder if Agent hasn’t snuck off and become vaporware.

Last Updated: February 15, 2012

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