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E3 09; Take-Two talk Agent and exclusivity

Submitted by on Wednesday, 24 June 20096 Comments

AgentE3 may have come and gone, but Eurogamer have only now published an interview they conducted at the huge event with Take-Two’s Ellie Gibson.

Agent was one of the big announcements from Sony’s conference, although it left gamers unsure on what the title will be like as little information was provided.

Thanks to the interview with Eurogamer, we now have a little more information on how the game is different to their widely successful GTA franchise.

When posed the question on differences between the two franchises, Gibson had this to say:

It’s a completely different storyline, there is completely different character development. It’s a game about espionage, set in the 1970s. GTA is obviously more about an urban experience, a typically rags to riches experience. Very, very different storylines, very different character development. It’s going to be very fresh for gamers.

O.K so he didn’t give too much away there, but it is good to see the company taking a different angle to the action adventure crime genre that they have so experience in.

You may be asking yourselves about why they have chosen to go exclusive with the PS3 when Grand Theft Auto is released in various alterations across a number of platforms including the Xbox 360. Ellie Gibson had this to say:

Exclusivity works on occasion – when you’re launching a new franchise, for example, and you need to get support from first-party. It’s one of the reasons we’re partnering with Sony on the new Agent title. That helps us get the awareness up and helps us get users engaged. Obviously the trade-off is the installed base of the other platform providers. Sometimes that’s a worthwhile trade-off to make.

If Agent is as much of a success that it could be, we will not be surprised if the franchise soon spreads its wings to other platforms after benefiting from the initial launch on the PS3.

Moving on from Agent, a question that has been on everyone’s lips since the Lost and the Damned released on the Xbox was whether there was any hope for a release on the PlayStation Network. The answer is simple:

It will still be exclusive to Xbox 360.

Nevermind, there are plenty of games to cover us from all sides this year and next.