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New Rockstar Games Franchise Exclusive to the PS3

Michael Shorrock's Avatar Posted by Michael Shorrock on Jul 27, 2007 // Director of 3rd Party Relations, SCEA

This is Michael Shorrock. I’m the Director of 3rd Party Relations at SCEA. As you may have seen this morning/last night on GameHead with Geoff Keighley, we are announcing that a new franchise from Rockstar Games will be exclusive to PS3. 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.

Everyone knows to have success in this business you need to look ahead, identifying the talent and titles that are going to give consumers new kinds of gaming experiences that help set the bar for the rest of the industry. Rockstar has a heritage for doing just that. We have had incredible success with the GTA franchise and are happy to continue to offer those titles on our platforms, and even more excited about what’s to come from the current and future relationship between our companies. 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. As Jack mentioned in the interview with Geoff, this franchise is not LA Noire, but something all new. We agreed with Rockstar and Take-Two Interactive Software that we wouldn’t disclose anything more about the deal or title at this time, so stay tuned, we’ll share more info as soon as we can.

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+ RicoSuavez on July 28th, 2007 at 9:33 am said:

Good Job Sony!!


+ killgtx on July 28th, 2007 at 9:37 am said:

Where is my Lair demo?


+ almattitude_v1 on July 28th, 2007 at 9:38 am said:

Well… PS3 aint getting the Bully expension thingie too… so this better be worth it!


+ HK-48 on July 28th, 2007 at 9:38 am said:

I know I don’t see what M$ hopes to get for that. They were going to get hallf of the extra content so why did they pay 50 Million when they were getting half in the first place? Then they lost a billion dollars rushing their crud to the market. But anyway good job Sony, we are finally getting some good 3rd party exclusives. And wow 2008 is going to be absolutely insane for you: Little Big Planet, MGS4, Final Fantasy 13, FF Versus 13, Gran Turismo 5, much more and now this. I think Microsoft is overestimating their perfect storm because most of their perfect storm is available on the PS3.


+ West End Matt on July 28th, 2007 at 9:39 am said:

Rockstar’s never been afraid to push the envelope I’ve always respected them for that. How many rip offs of GTA have we seen so far? lol I can’t wait to see what’s up their sleeve next


+ Voozi on July 28th, 2007 at 9:52 am said:

Question: Is La Noire exclusive to the PS3? Timed Exclusive? Multiplatform?


+ BobsRevenge on July 28th, 2007 at 10:02 am said:

LA Noire is exclusive to the PS3. It says so on Take2’s 2008 release list.


+ Scham on July 28th, 2007 at 10:05 am said:

Red Dead Revolver great game, a GTA IV engine maybe based in free roaming game in London.


+ Ouren on July 28th, 2007 at 10:29 am said:

I’m really not excited about a new Rock Star game. Sure GTA is fun but after a while… it gets old.

They should test their creativity with somthing more than a “kill civilans” thing.


+ OrganicShadow on July 28th, 2007 at 10:30 am said:

Sony just knocked one out of the park. I’m surprised that you guys didn’t announce this at E3, but maybe everything wasn’t finalized by the time E3 came around, so you saved it for later.

Perhaps it would have been best to save it till after E3? I mean seriously, Nintendo and MS got a pretty severe beating at E3, so it seems courteous to wait till after the show to drop another bomb.

I’m glad you guys are beginning to NOT ONLY listen to your fanbase, but also take action based on our needs, and really kicking everything up a notch. You guys just hit 6 million units with PS3 and I am very confident that you’ll make a lot of publishers that broke Sony exclusivity feel a little dumb when they see where the PS3 sits at the end of the fiscal year.

Keep up the great work and don’t stop doing what you’re doing! Just because we are happy now doesn’t mean we’re satisfied. We want to see this kind of action taken for the PS3’s entire lifespan. :)


+ TerHizzle91 on July 28th, 2007 at 10:30 am said:

At last something amazing has sprung out from the depths of the SCEA headquarters, i just about died from amazement when i heard that there was actually good news for once, i mean after that price drop blunder i was wondering whether or not sony would ever redeem itself, oh well at least lair is done and ill be able to pick it up as soon as it comes out.


+ Chad Fenwick on July 28th, 2007 at 10:36 am said:

Sweet lovable teddy bears! Thats great news.


+ Riskbreaker23 on July 28th, 2007 at 10:40 am said:

I’m glad Sony see that the only way they are going to succeed is is to try to differentiate themselves from the comp by taking risks.

hopefully this new franchise takes off.


+ FFObsessed on July 28th, 2007 at 10:47 am said:

This is awesome news! People were annoyed when GTAIV was announced going to 360 as well but if we get GTAIV AND Rockstars next franchise exclusive!

Great job Sony! You rock! Im very excited about the PS3! :D


+ DooM on July 28th, 2007 at 10:50 am said:

Great news …the GTA story has been told after part 4 and its time to move on for Rockstar. We get the same game as the 360.

The story of GTA 4 is told in the game as it will be. Futhermore the 2 extra episodes will be out in 2008 ….months after the game release…The 2 extra episodes for the 360 will be sidequest and will be not important for the GTA 4 story as it will be.

The deal with Sony is great news and Sony diserved this.
The Playstation made Rockstar what it is now and the partnership with Sony is stronger than ever. An exclusieve new franchise is more important than the last part of a serie and some extra content. Rockstar toke the Micro money and is laughing his ass of. Great move by Rockstar…..

The birth of a new great Rockstar franchise is at hand…exclusieve for the PS3, thats what counts…..


+ Jeigh on July 28th, 2007 at 10:52 am said:



+ cardiac_cat on July 28th, 2007 at 11:05 am said:

This is great news, this is def, a win situation. Keep it up Sony!


+ xplosneer on July 28th, 2007 at 11:11 am said:

Great! I knew Rockstar wasn’t going to let us all down.


+ eksMAN on July 28th, 2007 at 11:11 am said:

awesome! :)


+ MasterCharged on July 28th, 2007 at 11:12 am said:

is time exclusive??


+ yy on July 28th, 2007 at 11:15 am said:

i hope rockstar doesnt make gta xbox exclusive because of all this


+ Destroyer41139 on July 28th, 2007 at 11:21 am said:

Great News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


+ darktorns on July 28th, 2007 at 11:28 am said:

bring us Twisted metal online for PSNetwork, ps3 res then we’re good.


+ reesimo on July 28th, 2007 at 11:33 am said:

Tingling nervous excitement!


+ Xenochaos805 on July 28th, 2007 at 11:45 am said:

@39 as 144 has stated already the DLC for 360 is going be out in 2008. Whowill be still playing GTAIV in 2008? I mean there will be other games coming out afterwards and IMHO a better game comes out in 2008 most likely around the same time, MGS4. ooohhh baby!!!!


+ rukusa on July 28th, 2007 at 11:53 am said:

Awesome news! include damn trophies aswell! :D


+ blizzard182 on July 28th, 2007 at 12:06 pm said:


Actually I believe that Lair, KIllzone and GTAIV maybe represent the second generation of the PS3. So we might be talking of the 3rd generation of games which is pretty awesome depending on how much time they spend to get the game out.

About the topic, I think this is great great news. I can not wait to see which new things are coming.

The last few weeks have been SO great for the PS3. I can not complain about anything.

Please keep this things coming.



+ PS3_123106 on July 28th, 2007 at 12:13 pm said:

*******DON’T FORGET TO VOTE********

*********G-PHORIA ALERT**********

Let Sony be heard on G4TV.COM at this year’s G-Phoria, let PS3 win the awards it rightfully deserves


+ resistance100 on July 28th, 2007 at 12:19 pm said:

@ yy ‘i hope rockstar doesnt make gta xbox exclusive because of all this’

Can’t see it happening. The GTA fanbase is with PS

Also GTA is R* money maker, they know they will shift so many more copies on 2consoles.


+ Kingofps3 on July 28th, 2007 at 12:39 pm said:

Thank you SONY! Keep those exclusives coming :)


+ Razrsharp on July 28th, 2007 at 12:39 pm said:

Great news. 360 could get exclusive downloads but we get a whole new game. GTA4 for Playstation 3 is gonna be awesome by the way.


+ Suly2k on July 28th, 2007 at 12:47 pm said:




+ playstationuser on July 28th, 2007 at 12:49 pm said:

That´s all nice but we also need some awesome ps1 classics in the playstation store, my suggestions:
Metal Gear Solid
Final Fantasy VII
Medal of Honor
some others too, maybe even new games like Jumping flash 3.
And Achievements too!


+ Helghasp on July 28th, 2007 at 1:07 pm said:

Great job Sony!

Way to go after the games instead of something lame like downloadable content.


+ joel on July 28th, 2007 at 1:17 pm said:



+ NinjaZeroEight on July 28th, 2007 at 1:21 pm said:

Sounds great. Can’t wait for more information.


+ 3.5 on July 28th, 2007 at 1:22 pm said:

Cool now give us some avi playback


+ Regul8or08 on July 28th, 2007 at 1:32 pm said:

I can’t wait!


+ PKM on July 28th, 2007 at 1:33 pm said:

Excellent!..BTW DarkKING for PRESIDENT!


+ keisukeMamoru86 on July 28th, 2007 at 1:34 pm said:

Very nice, I like!!


+ azad_champ on July 28th, 2007 at 2:02 pm said:

you guys rock!


+ PKM on July 28th, 2007 at 2:21 pm said:

WHY NO NASCAR 08??????????



+ madness666 on July 28th, 2007 at 2:29 pm said:

they should remake final fantasy 7 for the playstation 3


+ bobtheduck on July 28th, 2007 at 2:40 pm said:

Dark King isn’t the one that secured in-game XMB… You guys are crazy if you think he did… If you’re going to voice your wants, at least put some effort into it… not just ctrl-c, ctrl-v…

I’m not all that fond of R*, but I hope this new IP is good.


+ Ultima-Bahamut on July 28th, 2007 at 2:55 pm said:

@Stuntf50: Even though I don’t agree with your method(spamming), I do agree that the PSS needs more 3rd party demos. Make it happen Sony!


+ Ultima-Bahamut on July 28th, 2007 at 2:56 pm said:

Is this game being made by Rockstar North(GTA team)?


+ thefjk on July 28th, 2007 at 3:16 pm said:



+ Coolwater on July 28th, 2007 at 3:24 pm said:

Ah,… feels like old times, yet again.

I love you Sony!!


+ androvsky on July 28th, 2007 at 3:43 pm said:

As a playstation fan, I’d like to apologize for the people spamming requests in all caps. We’re not all that stupid, really.

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