Rockstar has removed mention Agent from the games section of its official website. The phantom PlayStation exclusive has been remained cloaked in mystery for well over a decade now, this latest update symbolising a final nail in the coffin. Probably.
As seen on Twitter, Rockstar has given its website a refresh with Agent nowhere to be seen.
— Ulvi (@CyberBlacks) October 5, 2021
This should come as no surprise to those who have been following the game. Agent was teased way back in 2007 before making an appearance at Sony’s E3 2009 press conference. Planned as a PlayStation 3 exclusive set during the 1970s, Agent would have seen players slip into the guise of a super spy engaged in high stakes international espionage.
That’s where the trail stops. Over the years there have been numerous interviews with Rockstar devs though none have given us a clearer idea of what happened to Agent or whether the project was still in the pipeline. The Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption studio renewed the Agent trademark in 2017 though subsequently abandoned it, meaning the game is no longer in development.
With a new James Bond movie blowing up the box office, there is certainly an appetite for a AAA blockbuster spy game. That hunger has only grown more painful with Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell currently caught in limbo. That said, espionage enthusiasts can still get their fix by playing the sublime Hitman 3 as well as the slightly more obscure Deathloop.
Rockstar has been updating more than its website. A new update for the Rockstar PC launcher has been rolled out and promptly datamined by those dying to know what the company is working on next. Their sleuthing has paid off, exposing files that reveal remasters for GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas are on the way. Posted on GTAforums, the leak suggests that the trilogy will remastered using Unreal Engine.