|Manhunt News | Take Two Issued with Grand Jury Subpoenas
This came up last week but i decided not to post the news, this was until
i read today that investors are dropping out. Take Two are under further investigation
into mini games "Hot Coffee's" and other similar things including
anything else that shouldn't be in games made by Rockstar games.
Last week the investigation was launched into Rockstar Games and Take Two dating
back a full 5 years. The investigation will look at hidden scenes included in
any of the games published and at documents that say the company's officers
and directors knew they were being made. I am not aware of anything being in
Manhunt that shouldn't be but there are a few smaller things that we are calling
"Easter eggs" such as hidden save points and objects even characters
like Piggsy are hidden unless you use the Trainer provided in the downloads
section of the site, it just goes to show you never know what could be hidden
away. As it is going back 5 years Manhunt will definatly be investigated.
As mentioned above inverstors seems to be dropping out one financial analyst
said he would "avoid the company's shares until the criminal investigation
is concluded." Take Two's shares have dropped to a new 52 week low, also
mentioned on Gamespot was the following.
Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan said he was maintaining a Hold rating,
but suspending any price target for the stock.
Pachter said that due to the criminal nature of the current investigation,
the future for Take Two is uncertain.
The subpoenas leave us baffled, and raise the specter of quite serious consequences,"
," We believe that other parties may have also received subpoenas, as
it is customary for a criminal investigation to include all parties involved
in the alleged criminal activity. Although we are in no position to know what
the grand jury hopes to accomplish, we think it is likely that current and
former Take-Two employees and directors will be asked to testify in the future.
It can't help that Take Two's also being sued at the same time for the game
The Warriors also made by Rockstar Games for using a character's likeness that
the actor Roger Hill claims he didn't allow to be used, in the movie he played
the character Cyrus. He is suing for $250,000 a Take Two spokeman said "The
company has a valid third-party license for the rights to use Roger Hill's likeness
and the character of Cyrus in The Warriors video game and related marketing
Posted on: Jun 28 11:25 pm 2006 by: lazlow
|Manhunt News | Rockstar Games to appear at The Penny Arcade Expo
The Penny Arcade Expo sent out
a press release the other day stating that Rockstar games would be at the event
in August. The following was quoted from the press release.
On the exhibit floor PAX '06 attendees can expect to get hands on with yet-to-be-released
games and products from the likes of exhibitors Microsoft, Nintendo, Nvidia,
ArenaNet, America's Army, Turbine, NCSoft, Ubisoft, Mythic, Sabertooth Games,
Foundation 9, Rockstar, Flying Lab, Creative Labs, The Behemoth,
Garage Games and Red Octane among others. .
Rockstar Games have a few games in development so any one of them could be
playable but it is more likely to be one of the few mentioned in the Take-Two
Second Quarter Fiscal. The list of expected games for 2006 were GTA Vice City
Stories in October, An additional PSP title based on another premier brand which
could be Manhunt, and finally Bully which is most likely of the 3. We might
also see trailers from other games set for a next gen release including the
new western title yet unnamed and GTA4. It is most likely though that we will
get a trailer for GTA Vice City Stories.
Posted on: Jun 25 07:40 pm 2006 by: lazlow
|Manhunt News | Rockstar Games Get a Face Lift
(as well as MTV
Video Games) has recently made an update confirming the rumour that GTA
IV and all next-gen Rockstar titles will be using the same graphic rendering
engine as Rockstar presents Table Tennis. Every Rockstar North game released
from the launch of the PS2 including, Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, San Andreas,
Liberty City Stories and Manhunt as well as The Warriors has used the RenderWare
The RenderWare engine was developed by Criterion Software, who is now owned
by EA. And as such Rockstar has to pay royalties to EA games for ever Rockstar
title sold (that uses RenderWare). This isn’t exactly good for business,
especially when they are Rockstars biggest rival on the market.
Rockstar voluntarily admitted that the RAGE engine would be used in all upcoming
Rockstar Games, including the next GTA.
RAGE (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine) was developed internally at Rockstar.
For those of you that don’t know what a graphics engine does, in short
it is basically how a game looks and moves. This can be seen as only a good
thing as all Rockstar games will benefit with every title released and with
7 development houses (and counting) it will surely improve. With that said,
Rockstar presents Table Tennis has received much praise in both departments
so it seems that they are off to a flying start.
Given the royalty conundrum and the desire for cutting-edge graphics, many
assumed that the next GTA would be based on an all-new engine. So when word
began to spread that MTV was saying GTA IV would be based on RAGE, industry
watchers nodded approvingly. After all, the technology--which stands for Rockstar
Advanced Game Engine--was developed in-house at Rockstar, meaning no royalty
payments to third parties would be necessary. Furthermore, Rockstar Games
presents Table Tennis shows that RAGE is capable of both impressive graphics
and physics, two areas that drew fire from GTA detractors.
This likely only applies to next-gen games, so current-gen and PSP games are
off limit. But imagine Manhunt 2 on next-gen systems using the RAGE graphics
engine for such things as baseball bat execution 3. Digital violence will never
have looked so good.
For more on the RenderWare engine click here.
Or if you would like to know more about Rockstar presents Table Tennis and sample
how this engine works click here.
Posted on: Jun 18 02:58 am 2006 by: pogo
|Manhunt News | Take-Two Second Quarter Fiscal & Financial Results 2006
Interactive has released their second quarter fiscal and financial results
for 2006 as well as a list of expected games for 2006/2007. If you recall back
to January (or click here)
they expected to release a ‘sequel of a Rockstar brand’ within fiscal
2006, unsurprisingly the unnamed Rockstar sequel has been removed from the upcoming
fiscal 2006 schedule.
With that said, under the ‘Upcoming Products’ section of the update
it does say the following:
Additional products planned for 2006 from Rockstar Games include Grand Theft
Auto: Vice City Stories for the PSP, scheduled for October release, an
additional PSP title based on another premier brand, and Bully.
Under the companys expected 2007/2008 release schedule they had the following
For 2007 and 2008, the Company anticipates a strong next generation lineup
from Rockstar Games including the simultaneous launch of Grand Theft Auto
IV on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 in October
2007, along with sequels to several of Rockstar's other successful
Even thought the un-revealed game has been delayed, it is still in the works.
So perhaps it has been shifted over to next-gen consoles or perhaps even ported
down to the PSP instead. Maybe we will have an answer by the year end.
Posted on: Jun 15 02:53 am 2006 by: pogo