June 2009. That was when we were introduced to Rockstar North’s PlayStation exclusive title, Agent. From that point on, we haven’t heard a peep.
Here’s the original description of Agent via the only press release ever sent out for the game.
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.
It’s rather annoying when developers announce games only to never see or hear about them years later. Obviously, developers don’t have to say anything regarding the development of a game if they don’t want to, especially a company like Rockstar, but it’s just plain bad business to put out a press release and not follow up on it for six and a half years.
I mean, think about it. It’s been more than half a decade since the announcement of Agent, and people are still curious about it. Every few weeks you’ll see a thread pop up on Reddit about Agent with people wondering whether or not the game will ever see the light of day. Not many games stay in public memory that long, particularly with not a shred of information to sustain the hype.
Rockstar has asked for extensions on the trademark three times now, with the most recent extension being granted in June of this year. You can check it out for yourself by following this link. In my mind, the reason Rockstar has yet to comment on anything is due to the fact the game has been in development for so long that it’s had to go through the transition from the PS3 hardware to the PS4.
Unfortunately, we have no evidence to prove that claim as Rockstar has yet to even utter a peep to the press about even the continued existence of the game. We did some digging through Linkedin profiles as well but came up empty handed. Nobody has even referenced the game on their accounts as an in-development title back in 2009. But with the trademark still intact, we have to believe Rockstar is up to something with the game.
Who knows, maybe we’ll get a surprise announcement at either the Game Awards on Tuesday or PlayStation Experience on December 5th and 6th. But, if Rockstar never plans to deliver the game, it’d be nice if they’d come out and say that, rather than play the Half Life 3 waiting game.