Among the many big announcements at E3 2009 was the reveal of Agent, a PS3 exclusive title coming to you from Rockstar, the folks who brought the world the Grand Theft Auto series. Although a spiffy logo was shown (see above), there wasn't much information beyond the title and the console. Until now.
Ben Feder, CEO of Take-Two, the company publishing Agent, spoke to Eurogamer about what we can expect when this game comes out. Eurogamer asked if the game will be like GTA, and Feder responded with:
"It's a completely different storyline, there is completely different character development. It's a game about espionage, set in the 1970s. GTA is obviously more about an urban experience, a typically rags to riches experience. Very, very different story lines, very different character development. It's going to be very fresh for gamers."
Hear that, gamers? Agent is going to be very fresh, like a Schooly D video or something. No word yet on when we can expect this to come out, though. No one has mentioned a release date yet.
Personally, I'm hoping the 1970s spy setting portends an over-the-top James Bond style game: Lots of ridiculous gadgets, over-amped action and colorful super-villains, all in a Rockstar-style open world. If that's the game, sign me up right now.
Feder also spoke about Take-Two's confidence in Sony and the meaning of the word "exclusive" in the video game world, saying:
"When we talk about our relationships and our exclusivity for PS3 and Agent, for example, we don't disclose anything beyond what we've already said. But we think it's important for us to be with Sony, and it's important for Sony, I think, to be with us. The game promises to be one of the best games available because of who's developing it, and because of the subject matter."
Sure, it came out in a different part of the life-cycle of the platform, but there's no doubt Grand Theft Auto III sold a ton of PlayStation 2 systems, but can lightning strike twice? What are the chances of Agent being the PS3's "killer app?"