You know, we had almost forgotten about this. But it may come roaring back into the limelight within the next few weeks, and it could also be one of the biggest announcements at this year's E3.
Way back in the summer of 2007, the PlayStation blog let fly with the story that Rockstar and SCEA had struck an exclusivity deal for a PS3 project. PSU reminds us of what SCEA director of third-party relations Michael Shorrock wrote:
"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. Rockstar really wanted to make a game that you can truly only do on PS3, harnessing the power of CELL and Blu-ray disc and this deal lets them do just that…This is really a win-win situation for both companies."
If you have a good memory, you might remember this. Then, SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton talked about the special Rockstar agreement on Spike TV's Game Head show, but all he would say is that the project isn't L.A. Noire . Tretton said that "in exchange for letting them out of that great exclusive (GTAIV), we've got the rights to the next great franchise from Take-Two." Okay, well…any ideas, gamers? You can basically erase Grand Theft Auto V from your thoughts, as it's not a "new great franchise" and there's no chance Rockstar and Take-Two would sacrifice so many sales by making that mega-blockbuster exclusive to one platform. We've already heard about Red Dead Redemption – and that's a sequel, anyway – and Tretton said it isn't L.A. Noire . So we must be talking about a currently unannounced IP.
Well, it has been almost two years and E3 is just around the corner. We know there are several unknown PS3 exclusives hovering out there, just waiting for the official announcement, so maybe Take-Two and SCEA will spill the beans in only a few weeks time…