June 24, 2024

Former Rockstar Video games technical director Obbe Vermeij has make clear the developer’s lengthy misplaced spy thriller Agent, which was introduced as a PlayStation 3 unique in 2009 however has since disappeared.

In a weblog submit detailing his 1995 to 2009 tenure at Rockstar North, the studio the place Agent originated, Vermeij stated strain from Grand Theft Auto 5’s improvement contributed to the sport finally switching studios earlier than seemingly being scrapped altogether.

“We actually obtained occurring this one and labored on it for over a yr. I keep in mind engaged on a downhill snowboarding chase scene with weapons for example,” Vermeij stated of Agent.

It grew to become clear that [Agent] was going to be an excessive amount of of a distraction for us and we ditched it.

“The sport wasn’t progressing in addition to we would hoped. It was inevitable that finally the entire firm must get behind the following Grand Theft Auto. We tried to chop the sport down in an try the get the majority of it executed earlier than the inevitable name from New York would come. We minimize out a whole stage (I believe Cairo) and perhaps even the area part.

“It grew to become clear that [Agent] was going to be an excessive amount of of a distraction for us and we ditched it. I believe it was handed over to a different firm inside Rockstar however by no means obtained accomplished.” Half of the Rockstar North group was engaged on Grand Theft Auto 4 DLC and Grand Theft Auto 5, whereas half was set to work on Agent earlier than the significance of its premiere franchise took over.

The sport is presumed to be a useless challenge at Rockstar however has by no means been formally cancelled. Little else suggests it is nonetheless being labored on although. Photos leaked in 2015 that confirmed a few of its ranges, and whereas some hope remained as a consequence of renewed logos, this was finally scrapped in 2018 and its web site shut down in 2021.

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Agent was developed as a spy thriller akin to James Bond, incomes it the codename “Jimmy” throughout the Scotland-based Rockstar North studio, with Jimmy being a Scottish nickname for James.

“The sport was to be set within the 70s, be extra linear than Grand Theft Auto with a lot of places,” Vermeij stated. “There was a French Mediterranean metropolis, a Swiss ski resort, Cairo, and on the finish there can be a giant shootout with lasers in area. Traditional James Bond. The vibe was very cool.”

Rockstar was saved busy in any other case with smash hits GTA 5 and Pink Lifeless Redemption 2, releasing in 2013 and 2018 respectively. Your complete online game trade is at the moment ready with bated breath too, because the developer has introduced the reveal trailer for Grand Theft Auto 6 will arrive in early December 2023.

These lamenting the James Bond sport that by no means aren’t fully out of luck although, as Hitman developer IO Interactive is at the moment engaged on a online game set within the 007 universe.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He’ll speak about The Witcher all day.

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