Manhunt 3 News: Is Rockstar Games making a new game for PS5 & Xbox One Series X?
Manhunt was a pretty controversial Rockstar series.
The stealth survival horror title premiered in 2003 and was met with public outrage thanks to its adult themes and violent gameplay.
The 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 ditched the franchise after a second game was launched in 2007.
But could Rockstar be due to bring the game back as their next game following the massive worldwide success of Red Dead Redemption 2 ?
Possibly, we would never rule it out. Not least given the rampant success of something such as the Outlast series.
Although we would curtail this by suggesting that there's plenty of other IP perhaps higher up the pecking order, like GTA 6 , Bully 2 or even a new Midnight Club.
That's on top of the seemingly never-ending updates for Red Dead Online and GTA Online as well.
Here's everything we know about a potential Rockstar Games follow up.
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Rockstar Games’ parent company, Take-Two, renewed the Manhunt trademark back in 2016 – potentially a move the company is making in efforts to prepare for a new entry in the series.
Although, equally, it could have been Take-Two protecting their own asset.
Listed on the United States trademark listing site Justia, the Manhunt trademark was pretty much dormant until 2012 – since then we've seen Take-Two register and renewed the trademark on May 6, 2016.
According to the Justia, the trademark renewal should last for 10 years.
Which is something, at least in the sense that Rockstar felt the need to renew, rather than simply release the trademark like Agent , Rockstar Games' PS4 exclusive that never really got off the ground.
But even with this small sliver of hope, the chances of another Manhunt game in 2020 or the decade that follows could be limited, simply because of how divisive the game proved to be initially.
Ironically for a game that was centrally focussed on brutal death mechanics, the series actually split the Rockstar team in half: some of the developers thought it was a great idea, and some thought it was terrible.
Former Rockstar employee Jeff Williams has previously revealed in a blog that the game caused something of a rift between members of the studio:
"It may sound surprising, but there was almost a mutiny at the company over that game. It was Rockstar North's pet project – most of us at Rockstar Games wanted no part of it. We'd already weathered plenty of controversy over GTA3 and Vice City – we were no strangers to it – but Manhunt felt different.
"With GTA, we always had the excuse that the gameplay was untethered – you never had to hurt anybody that wasn't a "bad guy" in one of the missions. You could play completely ethically if you wanted, and the game was parody anyway, so lighten up.
"Manhunt, though, just made us all feel icky. It was all about the violence, and it was realistic violence. We all knew there was no way we could explain away that game.
"There was no way to rationalize it. We were crossing a line."
It would no doubt be interesting to see if Rockstar would or could pursue this style of gameplay in a modern iteration of the title.
And if they did, how they might look to release such a controversial and graphically violent game in these modern times is a quandary in its own right.
But with a new console generation on the horizon, we certainly won't rule out a possible PS4 or Xbox One Series X release at some stage.
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