Jack Tretton: ‘If I hear anything, I’ll let you know’

Jack Tretton once again took the hot seat at E3 All Access Live show hosted by Geoff Keighley and once again, the question of ‘AGENT’ was raised.
And once again, the torch of the question was forwarded on to Rockstar (rightly so, as they are the developers) with no hints or information coming from Jack or Geoff.

AGENT question is asked at the 12:00 mark.

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Rockstar Games: ‘We don’t have anything new to pass along’…

I thought after five years of silence the least I could do is e-mail Rockstar to get the latest on Agent. Not surprisingly, they weren’t willing to say much:

Dear Rockstar Games,

I run the fan site/blog – https://agentfan.wordpress.com – and was wondering if I can have anything to post about AGENT? Even something generic like “we are excited for your interest and the game is still in development” and what-not.

It has been five years now since the announcement (granted, it was by Sony and not you) and no other info has come out. The game being vaporware is a pretty logical assumption at this point. Just anything to think otherwise would be highly appreciated.

Thank you,

Their reply:

Hey Masteratt,

Thanks for the email. We don’t have anything new to pass along regarding Agent. However we do appreciate you took the time to send us your message, and for all your hard work on your website!

Rockstar Games

At least we know they are not ignoring Agent stuff though and I can’t recall an announced and cancelled Rockstar game to date, so we just have to be more patient.

Keep your eyes on this blog and follow us on Twitter for all the latest.

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Speculation: PS3 exclusivity in doubt

E3 has now come and gone and I waited to see if anything more concrete would come out from Rockstar regarding AGENT but we’ve got nothing.

So I am going to post this bit of dialogue involving Jack Tretton (President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America) and Geoff Keighley (host of E3 All Access on Spike) that puts a doubt on AGENT’s PlayStation3 exclusivity.

When asked if AGENT is still exclusive to PS3, Tretton couldn’t give a concrete “Yes” and instead, had this to say:
“I’m not sure exactly where we’ll land on that, that’s more something for Rockstar to decide, but I’m sure we’ll have a great offering on Agent for Ps3.″ – Jack Tretton

You can watch the interview yourself here, with the AGENT talk starting at around 5:55 mark.

For a Sony employee to not scream from top of his lungs that a game by Rockstar is exclusive to his console might suggest that maybe it no longer is.

What do you think?

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Twitter heads up

Hey guys,

This post is just to highlight the fact that this site has an official Twitter that you can follow.
Clearly there is not much going on yet but just hit follow if you want so you won’t miss out on new information.

Thanks a lot.

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What we know so far

There hasn’t been a ‘proper’ reveal of AGENT yet, with only the logo shown.

Sony announcement of Agent at E3 2007 (nothing else was shown from the game)

However, there has been a press release [Source] and the following information can be gathered from it:

  • It is set during the height of the Cold War at the end of the 1970s.
  • It’s a game about counter-intelligence, espionage and political assassinations.
  • Rockstar president hails it as “the next GTA” [link to interview]
  • “[…] ultimate action game” – Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar games
  • “[…]intense action, atmosphere and story[…]” – Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar games

Is this information enough to get you excited about the game?
Leave a comment and let us know.

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Why I am excited about ‘Agent’

As I have created this fan site, I thought I will write a little about why I am so excited about the game we know very little about.

Developer in charge
Rockstar North has a superb track record with Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption being their highly acclaimed titles.
These games push the boundaries in gameplay, physics, believable worlds, story telling, freedom, scope, variety and more, and they bring it all together in a ground-breaking, bar raising fashion.
It is very safe to say that the game is in the hands of a studio who likes to push technology to the next level and do so with great execution.

The game is a PlayStation 3 exclusive. There has been a lot said about the PlayStation3, with many developers complaining about it’s difficult architecture to program for. But as the simplest rule in life says; the harder the work, the more rewarding the result.
The PlayStation 3 exclusive titles really show that the machine is capable of pulling off some breath-taking graphics and especially dynamic physics.
And as this is a Rockstar game, where they will most likely make it big in scope, the 50GB Blu-Ray capability of the PlayStation 3 will come in really handy.

These kinds of specifications were never available to Rockstar this generation yet so it is very exciting to see what they can come up with.

Hardware + Software = Same philosophy
Rockstar and Sony have a long history together, going all the way back to GTA1 for PlayStation 1 (1997).

But it wasn’t until 2001, with the release of the first ever 3D GTA, GTA3, for the PlayStation2, did the champagne bottles between the two companies started to pop.

As highlighted earlier in this article, Rockstar has always liked to push boundaries in software, the same way Sony likes to push boundaries in hardware and it was thanks to this similar philosophy that GTA3 was possible.
PS2 had the same complaints as the PS3, where developers said it was too hard to program for, but it also had its advantages, such as a strong hardware and a DVD format.
With PS3 being in almost the exact same position and pushing the boundaries with its strong hardware and Blu-Ray, can Rockstar deliver the same ground-breaking experience they delivered on PS2 with GTA3 to PS3 with Agent?

My answer to that question is a definite “Yes”; and that is why this website is here.

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