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New Rockstar Games Franchise Exclusive to the PS3

Michael Shorrock's Avatar Posted by 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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+ Se-7-eN on July 28th, 2007 at 8:44 am said:

How about we have more of these posts and less of the “Cos-Play” ;) DAMN GOOD news!


+ GAME-HERO on July 28th, 2007 at 8:45 am said:

For “me” the whole “grand thief auto” and “Guitar Hero” games are all played out! I (personally speaking) want fresh new ideas, features and gameplay. It’s like how many version of Mario can we play? But I guess as long as people want them, developers will keep making them! So with that said I agree with Sony for not investing too much more in GTA!!!

I am not saying that GTA4 and GH are bad games!!! I personally think there spent!


+ Elsa43 on July 28th, 2007 at 8:49 am said:

A new IP from Rockstar would be nice… with maybe some “real” female characters and not those nondescript stereotypes they tend towards… maybe even a playable female character! (though I won’t hold my breath on that one! LOL)


+ deadxbabiesxinc on July 28th, 2007 at 8:51 am said:

Sony always take the biggest risks and they always pay off in the end. I`m sure GTA4 will be good but after so much GTA u gotta go for a new game. Great news guys! Skip the trendy sequel exclusives n go for the next NEW franchise exclusives.


+ Conch_Bubby on July 28th, 2007 at 8:51 am said:

Great news! Just stay from the back stabbing ‘Hot Coffee’ ideas and it’ll be ok Take-Two.


+ Ghostm on July 28th, 2007 at 8:58 am said:

@ 42
Maybe You’re the moron my friend. I’m entitled to have my own opinion. If you don’t like it then that’s your problem.

I’m not one to get excited over something that I have no idea what it is. Knowing the developer doesn’t always guarantee a AAA title.

Money makes the world go round. Contracts can be broken, so I’ll just wait to see how this plays out. Whoever thought that DMC4 and Assassin’s Creed would ever hit the 360? Money is everything to a corporation. 98% of a corp is about getting richer and 2% is about making customers happy.

I couldn’t say it any better.


+ InSpectre on July 28th, 2007 at 8:58 am said:

Thanks for the update Mike! I’m looking forward to the secret sauce you’re cooking up with Cell. Rockstar is ambitious, and sees where things are going. This is just the tip of the iceberg folks!


+ Scham on July 28th, 2007 at 8:59 am said:

lol PS3 don´t lose GTA IV, lose microtrasations for next- year. A vague Episodic content rape the wallet of xbots 20 dollars.

And now only in PS3 you´ll get GTA IV and new Rockstar franchise together.


+ TheApprentice on July 28th, 2007 at 9:03 am said:

See this is awesome… I new Sony wouldn’t fail us….

GTA is for sure getting old, I know many friends who have lost interest in the franchise…

Sony is moving onto greater things, newer things for the future…. Moulding the landscape of franchises for the new generation…
I’m happy…

GTA Downloadable content???… pfft…

I never wanted GTA to begin with for same aforementioned reason…

All eyes on UT3, Haze, Heavenly Sword, LAIR, Singstar, Rock Band, Guitar hero 3….!!!


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+ johnirwinjr on July 28th, 2007 at 9:07 am said:

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+ Loucifer on July 28th, 2007 at 9:22 am said:


your a loser…the discussion is a NEW! franchise

wait a minute…maybe i didnt say it loud enough…A NEW!!!!!! FRANCHISE!!!!!!!

Twisted Metal in my opinion was a horrible game…and if you bought a $600 system to play PS1 and PS2 games then you must really have mental issues!!!!!!


+ 40cal on July 28th, 2007 at 9:28 am said:

On the topic of Xbox/GTA downloadable content. Microsoft spent 50 mill to get this. How much are these downloads going to cost? If they put them at $10.00 they would need 5 million downloads to break even. I personaly dont see that kind of volume for this content. If they put it at $20.00 they would need 2.5 millon downloads to break even. While this number is a bit more obtainable, spending another $20-$40 makes GTA IV a $100.00 game. If the price gets higher than that not many people will open there wallets for etxra content.

This just seems like more bad Microsoft buisness to me. Buy a 360, then more money for wi-fi,then more money to play online, more money for HD movies, more money for card readers, more money for downloads and extra content with a potentially large price tag?

Good job Rockstar on the $50 million pay check signed by Xbox.

I just dont see it being profitable for Microsoft.


+ 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


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+ 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.


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+ 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!!!!


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+ 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.



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+ 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:



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