We first wrote about Rockstar Games’ ambitious PS3 exclusive Agent back in 2009 and have noted its absence over the years since. While we had always hoped that the spy thriller, set in the 1970s, would one day see the light of the world, Rockstar ultimately removed mention of the game from its website a decade after its announcement.
We now know a little more about the fate of the long-lost PlayStation exclusive that never existed. Former Rockstar Games CTO Obbe Vermeij wrote a blog post (since deleted, thanks IGN) detailing his tenure (1995-2009) at Rockstar North, the studio responsible for developing Agent.
According to Vermeij: “We really started on this one and worked on it for over a year. I remember working on an alpine ski chase scene with guns, for example. The game was only progressing not as good as we hoped. It was inevitable that eventually the entire company would have to get behind the next Grand Theft Auto. We tried to pare down the game in an attempt to finish most of it before the inevitable call from New York does not arrive. on an entire level (I am thinking of Cairo) and perhaps even on the space section.
Half of Rockstar North would ultimately work on DLC for Grand Theft Auto 4 and the other half on the still-in-development Grand Theft Auto V, which would be released in 2013. Vermeij goes on to explain that: “It became clear that (Agent) was going to be too much of a distraction for us, and we abandoned it. I think it was given to another company within Rockstar but was never finished.