Manhunt 3 News: Is Rockstar Games Preparing A New Game For PS5 Or Xbox One Series X In 2020?
Manhunt was quite a controversial Rockstar series.
The stealth survival horror title premiered in 2003 and has sparked public outrage with its adult themes and violent gameplay.
Controversy around the game peaked in 2004 when the title was linked to the murder of a 14-year-old boy in the UK.
The series – as a result – received a pretty bad reputation and Rockstar abandoned the franchise after releasing a second game in 2007.
But could Rockstar bring back the game as the next game after the massive worldwide success of Red Dead Redemption 2?
Maybe we would never rule it out. Particularly given the widespread success of something like the Outlast series.
This is in addition to the seemingly endless updates for Red Dead Online and GTA Online as well as.
Here’s everything we know about a possible Rockstar Games follow-up.
Rockstar Games’ parent company Take-Two renewed the Manhunt brand in 2016 – a move potentially made by the company to prepare for a new entry into the series.
Although, also, it could have been Take-Two protecting its own asset.
Listed on the US branded listing site Justia, the Manhunt brand was pretty much dormant until 2012 – since then we’ve seen Take-Two register and renew the brand on May 6, 2016.
According to the Justia, the renewal of the brand should last 10 years.
Which is something, at least in the sense that Rockstar felt the need to renew, rather than just releasing the brand as Agent, a PS4 exclusive from Rockstar Games that never really took off.
But even with that small ray of hope, the chances of another Manhunt game in 2020 or the next decade might be limited, simply because of the game’s initial division.
Ironically, for a game centered around brutal death mechanics, the series actually split the Rockstar team in half: some devs thought it was a great idea, and others thought it was terrible. .
Former Rockstar employee Jeff Williams previously revealed in a blog that the game caused some sort of rift between studio members:
“It might sound surprising, but there was almost a mutiny within the company over this game. It was Rockstar North’s favorite project – most of us at Rockstar Games didn’t want to make it. We had weathered a lot of controversy about GTA3 and Vice City before – we were no strangers to it – but Manhunt felt different.
“With GTA we always had the excuse that the gameplay was unrelated – you never had to hurt someone who wasn’t a ‘bad guy’ in any of the missions. You could play. totally ethically if you will, and the game was a parody anyway, so just relax.
“The manhunt, however, made us all disgusting. It was all about violence, and it was realistic violence. We all knew there was no way to explain this game.
“There was no way to rationalize it. We were crossing a line.”
It would undoubtedly be interesting to see if Rockstar would or could continue this style of play in a modern iteration of the title.
And if they did, what they might look like to release such a controversial and graphically violent game in these modern times is a dilemma in itself.
But with a new generation of consoles on the horizon, we certainly won’t rule out a possible PS4 or Xbox One Series X release at some point.