Remember when those hideous screenshots of Agent first surfaced, reducing the collective hype meter of the gaming population to zero?
Well, it looks like some people still care about that game. Take-Two have said numerous times that the game is in development at Rockstar during their earnings call, but considering the game was first announced in 2009 at Sony E3 press conference. One has to wonder what’s really going on with the project?
So what is Agent? According to the description: “Agent takes players on a paranoid journey into the world of counter-intelligence, espionage and political assassinations during the height of the Cold War at the end of the 1970s.”
Is the game multiplatform now, or is it still exclusive to Sony? Is it current gen or has it been shifted to next-gen consoles? There are so many questions lingering that only one word applies to its current predicament: Vaporware.
Yes, that dreaded word. Rockstar usually take their time with their games, and they are known for delivering when those games are finally out. That’s the dilemma here; we don’t know whether the game is a linear one or an open world game. All we know are those dreaded screenshots.
There’s not a single official screenshot or a video showing what the game is actually like, which leads me to believe that the status of the game is in a limbo.
Recently Take-Two renewed the trademarks for Agent, which kind of signifies that they are still committed to the IP for now. Could it be that they have made the move to shift it to next-gen consoles? You know, PS4 and Xbox One?
Former Take-Two CEO described the game to Eurogamer as featuring, “very, very different storylines, very different character development”.
He also added that, “It’s a game about espionage, set in the 1970s. GTA is obviously more about an urban experience, a typically rags to riches experience. It’s going to be very fresh for gamers.”
That sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Probably that’s the reason why still two or three people still care about it.
Going by the description, it seems to be a completely different experience from GTA, and something that is really ambitious. Releasing it on the current gen consoles will not do justice to it, since most gamers are already fixated on the PS4 and Xbox One.
The install base of the current gen consoles may be really tempting, but launching a new IP with a lot of mystery behind it would nullify that effect on next-gen consoles.
One major factor is the Rockstar Games brand. People love them and will be willing to check out something new if their name is on the box.
There’s a big chance of Take-Two spinning it into a franchise if Agent does manages to capture the imagination of people.
Considering they have been relying on two or three major franchises, including the massive GTA, a solid IP like Agent could stand as an additional pillar generating great revenue for the publisher.
So what do you think Rockstar Games should do with Agent? Stick to the current gen consoles or move it to next-gen? Or do nothing at all?