|Manhunt 2 News | Jack Thompson comments on Manhunt 2
Yeap, you guessed it from the news title Jack Thompson is on Rockstar's back
already with a letter stating his intentions regarding the release of Manhunt
2. He wants to ban the game, surprise, surprise, saying that he was asked by
individuals in the United Kingdom to stop the distribution of Manhunt 2 before
it comes out. I wonder who these individuals could be hmm. This was posted on
the forums the other day but incase you missed it here is the letter that was
apparently sent out from the man himself:
Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist Jack Thompson has been
asked by individuals in the United Kingdom to help stop the distribution of
Take-Two / Rockstar's hyperviolent video game Manhunt 2 in that country due
out this summer. The game will feature stealth murder and torture. The last
version allowed suffocation of victims with plastic bags.
The original Manhunt was responsible for the bludgeoning death of a British
youth by his friend who obsessively played the game. The killer used a hammer
just as in the game he played. Take-Two / Rockstar, anticipating the firestorm
of criticism with the release of the murder simulator sequel, is lying to
the public on both sides of the pond in stating this week that the game had
nothing to do with the murder.
Take-Two is also stating that the sun does not rise in the east because Take-Two
makes no money from its rising in the east. Take-Two has been repeatedly found
in the U.S. by the federal government to be guilty of fraud, so what would
one expect it to say.
Jack Thompson has agreed to this request from the U.K. Look for this effort
to begin shortly given the summer of 2007 release date.
This goes back to an earlier news post we made on the 8th of February. For
that particular news post click here.
This was when Mr and Mrs Pakeerah spoke out against Manhunt 2 and Rockstar
responded with the following:
We are aware that in direct contradication to all available evidence, certain
individuals continue to link the original Manhunt title to the Warren Leblanc
case in 2004. "The transcript of the court case makes it quite clear
what really happened. At sentencing the Judge, defence, prosecution and Leicester
police all emphasised that Manhunt played no part in the case.
The fact is, it wasn't lies but we will let you decide for yourself read the
news post and leave a comment.
Posted on: Feb 25 01:46 pm 2007 by: lazlow
|Manhunt 2 News | Hunting for Justice
Forum member Robertfltn'
has alerted us to an article that he sent in to ‘4Player’ as
featured on the video game section of ‘Teletext’
in the UK. In the article Robertfltn has the following to say:
I’m writing this 4Player feature in response to a letter GC received
regarding Manhunt 2.
The viewer hoped the game would be banned and I feel that raises a question
about video games and freedom of speech.
Many people unfairly judge video games such as Manhunt 2, without ever really
playing or understanding them.
For example, do any of you viewers know what Manhunt 2’s storyline
It is a very loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in which
you play as Daniel Lamb, who’s imprisoned in a mental asylum.
There, psychiatrist Dr Whyte is testing mind- altering drugs on the inmates
to create assassins for the US government and you attempt to escape.
It seems to me all the people wanting Manhunt 2 to be banned simply on its
name are the same as the government in the ‘80s who brought in video
Many of the films branded “video nasty” are now regarded as classics
(The Exorcist. Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and who knows, maybe Manhunt 2 will
Also the implication that no-one liked the original is totally false.
Many people found the original Manhunt both challenging and innovative.
In fact it even has a fansite (manhuntuncut.com), none of whose members are
“sickos” in any way.
In you don’t like Manhunt, don’t buy it, but you should stand
up for freedom of speech as it is a basic right every person and every form
of art – whether it be literature, music, film or video games –
To those in the UK that want to get access to the original article you should
go over to the TV channel ITV, hit text and then go to channel 806.
Posted on: Feb 24 12:13 pm 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | Manhunt 2 Pre-Order Links Live
If you head over to the Official
Manhunt 2 Website you can now see a list of potential places to pre order
the game. It should also be noted that some of the sites have release dates
listed ranging from May 11th (UK) to August 02nd (US) none of these dates are
from Rockstar themselves and are only projected dates by the retailer. Traditionally
Rockstar games have been released in the US on the Tuesday with a UK release
three days later on the Friday.
I also want to address some issues people have been emailing in about, the
box art listed on various websites and in the gallery
is only placeholder; the official box art for the game has yet to be revealed.
The original Manhunt had at least two temporary art variations that differ from
the final product and nothing has been revealed about the games release date
in Australia and other countries.
As soon as any official details are revealed about the games release in other
countries we will be sure to post it here.
Posted on: Feb 23 06:50 pm 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | Suda 51 Challenges Manhunt 2
Wii has published an interview with Suda 51 (Goichi Suda) of ‘Michigan:
Report from Hell’,’ Killer 7’ and among others the upcoming
Nintendo Wii exclusive ‘No More Heroes’ fame. In the interview Suda-san
is quoted as saying:
I'll also try my best to make No More Heroes as violent, or even more violent
than Manhunt 2!
When Killer 7 was released it caused mild controversy due to its subject matter
and was one of the games that drew the attention of the likes of Jack Thompson,
however the game was quickly forgotten about.
I am actually looking forward to ‘No More Heroes’ and have enjoyed
Suda 51s previous titles, I personally believe that ‘Killer 7’ was
one of the most overlooked titles released in recent years, however I do think
he is missing the point of Manhunt and could potentially harm his own game by
focusing solely on the violence aspect of it. Or am I the only one that thinks
of the violence in Manhunt as a gateway to creating an intangible atmosphere
that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
I also find it interesting that he specifically mentions Manhunt 2 rather than
the original title, Rockstar games are published by Capcom in Japan and are
usually released 2 too 3 years after their release in English speaking territories.
But with the recent release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas over there perhaps
there is more focus on Rockstar than usual.
Posted on: Feb 17 07:08 pm 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | More on Manhunt 2 Promo Material
When I got home this afternoon there was a letter sitting for me from ‘Dixmor
Hospital’, it is the same letter that was covered a few days back. It
appears as though the blood splatter on the ID bracelets is random, so no two
bracelets are alike. Nothing huge but it is a nice little touch.
What also wasn’t really mentioned in the previous postings of this promotional
material was the fact that there are absolutely no signs whatsoever on the letter
or envelope to suggest that this is actually from Rockstar. Besides the ID bracelets
reading ‘Manhunt 2’ you would be completely fooled into believing
there is some legitimacy behind the letter. I will upload some more images into
the gallery once I transfer them over to my computer, they will be located here.
The street that I live in is full of ‘nosy neighbours’, so much
so that if you take your dog for a walk at 4am you can expect to be asked about
it the following day. The neighbour to the right of my house is so nosy that
they actually go out for my mail, so supposing I receive a package and the postman/woman
has to knock the door for me to receive the parcel it is pointless me even going
to the door since he is already out signing for it just so he can hopefully
have a guess as to what it is, regardless of me ordering it I still get the
‘I think it might be a DVD’ or ‘it feels like clothing’,
anything just in hopes of me confirming their suspicions. With that in mind
I have to say the idea did cross my mind of actually putting the letter in his
letterbox, if for nothing else than to see his face as he hands me it a few
I have also uploaded a clip to YouTube taken from IGN; the clip is from February
6th and has Matt Casamassina and Mark Bozon of IGN Wii discussing Manhunt 2
on the Nintendo Wii. I have edited out all the stuff that you aren’t interested
in, the clip itself is nothing special but it is always something for you to
peep if you have nothing else going on. You can view the clip by clicking here.
And once again thanks to Rockstar for taking the time and effort to grant us
with such items, it is very much appreciated!
Posted on: Feb 16 03:00 pm 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | Manhunt 2 on the Wii Proposition #1
In the 02/08/07 episode of Gamespots ‘On the Spot’ they have some
of the guys in from EA demonstrating the controls for ‘The Godfather:
Black Hand Edition’ on the Nintendo Wii. I am not particularly the biggest
fan of EA games; in fact the last game they published that I purchased was the
original SSX game back at the launch of the Playstation 2. But from watching
the video of ‘The Godfather: Black Hand Edition’ in motion I can’t
help but think how the controls could be applied to Manhunt 2, if not for anything
else it demonstrates that it can be done and be very effective and intuitive.
I suggest that everyone check the video out for one possible route Rockstar
may choose to go with Manhunt 2 on the Wii. It is only food for thought; I am
not suggesting that anyone actually invest too much interest in the game but
rather watch how it controls.
How do you think the game should control on the Wii? I have my own proposition
that I will post in a few days time.
You can view the video by clicking here.
Posted on: Feb 15 09:33 pm 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | Games Radar on Promo Material
Radar have also posted images of the promotional material the guys at Evil
Avatar posted last night but they also included thoughts on a co-op type play
system or a partner system being included in the game. The reason for this assumption
has come from the mention of Leo Kasper on the hospital bracelet, they go onto
say that this is the first time the name has been mentioned publically, they
also speculate Danny and Leo will be our 2 new "heros" when Manhunt
2 ships this summer.
...as does the "internal memo" we received today from "Dixmor
Hospital for the Criminally Insane." Packed with two bloodstained plastic
hospital bracelets bearing the names "Lamb, Daniel" and "Kasper,
Leo" (as well as big, fat Manhunt 2 logos), the letter tersely refers
to the escape of two asylum inmates who pose a "highly serious threat
to society." "Goodbye snuff-film star, hello crazies - the revelation
of two characters seems to hint that co-op play might be in the cards for
this grisly stealth-horror sequel (or, failing that, some kind of partner
system a la Kane & Lynch). If that's true, the possibilities for creative
murder are enough to set the mind reeling.
They posted the letter to Dr. Pickman in full text form as well as an image
of the letter and hospital bracelets which i have uploaded to the gallery. Click
Posted on: Feb 14 12:05 pm 2007 by: lazlow
|Manhunt 2 News | First Manhunt 2 Promotional Material
The guys over at Evil
Avatar have posted some images of promotional material for Manhunt 2. The
first of these promotional images is off a letter from ‘Dixmor Hospital
for the Criminally Insane Est. 1932’ and is addressed to a Dr. Pickman
from Dr. Whyte. The letter reads as follows:
High Security Ward
From: Dr. Whyte
To: Dr. Pickman
Re: Danny Lamb and Leo Kasper
Enclosed are Danny Lamb and Leo Kasper’s ID bracelets found discarded
after last night’s incident. This is the only potentially damaging evidence
we have found so far. I trust every possible precaution will be taken to ensure
that any records relating to these patients are destroyed.
We are all too aware that both subjects pose a highly serious threat to society,
let alone the very existence of ‘The Project’. Both patients suffer
severe psychotic episodes characterized by intense paranoia, involuntary psychotic
reactions, delusional hallucinations and acute schizophrenic disorders.
I know I don’t need to mention the severity of the consequences for
us and ‘The Project’ if these patients have escaped.
We HAVE to track them down.
The second and third images are of two ID bracelets that reveal the following
|Patient: Lamb, Daniel
|Patient: Kasper, Leo
What is interesting about that is Leo has long been expected to be a split
personality of Daniel. There is a 9 year difference gap between the two, so
perhaps it is still possible and this was the date that the alter ego was born
within Daniel. If these bracelets are to be taken literal it would imply that
they are two separate characters rather than one.
Keep in mind this is only promotional material so while it likely does reflect
the game there is a chance that it isn’t cannon. If it is to be taken
to be true then we already know more about Daniel Lamb than we ever found out
about James Earl Cash.
Pretty cool stuff nonetheless.
I have uploaded the images to the photo gallery; you can check them out by
Posted on: Feb 13 11:36 pm 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | Perrin Kaplan Comments on Manhunt 2
has posted an interview transcript from the DICE summit with the vice president
of Marketing & Corporate Affairs for Nintendo of America, Perrin Kaplan.
In the interview they mention Manhunt 2:
GameSpy: Rockstar games has just announced Manhunt 2 for the Nintendo
Wii. Are we going to see Wii remote strangulations?
Perrin Kaplan: Let me just say that I hope most consumers' minds don't go
where yours just went!
GameSpy: Well, the first Manhunt was a very violent game. One of
our editors still cries himself to sleep thinking about it. Do you anticipate
any negative backlash?
Perrin Kaplan: I don't think so, but we have been going back and forth on
it in terms of what it means to our audience. But it's not our game, it's
Rockstar's game, and if the press decides to direct its anger somewhere, it
should be towards them, as it's their content. It's also not the kind of game
that most gamers are going to buy, it's for a very specific audience.
I guess this further confirms that the game will make use of the unique capabilities
of the Wii, although it can be assumed it will since the game is being headed
up by another development studio within Rockstar, however it still hasn’t
officially been confirmed by Rockstar and there are a few games out there that
go with more standardised controls on the Wii.
Posted on: Feb 12 03:13 pm 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | Nintendo UK speaks on Manhunt 2.
Nintendo UK have released a statement on Manhunt 2 due to concerns minors
would be able to play the game on it's console, this coming off the back of
the announcement made to gamepolitics on Friday.
have the article up with quotes from a UK spokesperson.
"Nintendo has called for parents and retailers to be aware of age ratings
when buying or selling mature-rated games."
"All games for the Nintendo platforms are rated by the responsible authorities
to ensure that minors are not exposed to games that are unsuitable for their
particular age group and we want to emphasise the need for all users, especially
parents and retailers, to be aware of the appropriate age rating before selling
or buying a game."
"He went on to say parents concerned about children gaining access to
inappropriate games should "utilise the PIN-operated Parental Control
features built into Wii".
It is pretty much the same announcement as before and it looks like Nintendo
will back Manhunt 2 all the way.
Posted on: Feb 12 01:01 pm 2007 by: lazlow
|Manhunt 2 News | Nintendo Speaks To Gamepolitics
recently asked Nintendo for a statement regarding licensing Manhunt 2 on the
Wii, due to them having a long time reputation as a family friendly games company.
Nintendo were tight lipped about the situation Beth Llewelyn, Sr. Director of
Corporate Communications responded with Manhunt 2 is not developed or published
by Nintendo, she also stated that this game like many of their other third party
titles appeal to people of all ages and interests. Nintendo finished up by adding
that they encourage people who are concerned about kids having access to inappropriate
Wii games to use Nintendo's built in PIN operated Parental Control features,
anyone concerned about buying Manhunt 2 with kids at home should breath a sign
of relief right about now. Here is the statement in full from Gamepolitics.
Manhunt 2 is not developed or published by Nintendo. It is one of many titles
released by third party publishers for our system that appeal to people of
all ages and interests. Just as with movies, television, and books, different
video games appeal to - and are appropriate for - different audiences.
Video game retailers and purchasers are strongly encouraged to follow the
age-specific ESRB ratings when considering what software to sell or buy. If
parents are concerned about kids having access to inappropriate Wii games,
we encourage them to utilize the PIN-operated Parental Control features built
GamePolitics went on to say that they believe you will be able to slash someone's
neck with a glass shard by a simple left or right motion on the Wii controller
while holding the B button down. If this were true then this time around we
would need to have interactive executions that were timed giving you something
like 30 seconds to make all the motions with the Wii controller before viewing
the full execution. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon on the Wii has already made use
of the Wii controller for this very purpose, where snapping someones neck or
cutting an arm or leg off in an execution is a simple flick in the desired direction.
Video Link for Ed Boon on MK: Armageddon Moves and Fatalities here.
Posted on: Feb 10 10:20 am 2007 by: lazlow
|Manhunt 2 News | Jurie Horneman Manhunt 2 Post
Horneman has updated his blog with a link to Manhunt 2's website, and the
message "Oh look, a new game from Rockstar Games." you may remember
back in May last year, when Rockstar Vienna closed, we said that Jurie was rumoured
to be working on Manhunt 2 but requests on conformation led to us being told
he couldn't give us any information we thought at the time he may still have
had a contract with Rockstar. Well it now turns out this information about Jurie
working on Manhunt 2 was perhaps true and it would seem he did some level scripting
(rumoured), this would seem to confirm once and for all that Rockstar Vienna
was working on Manhunt 2 before being closed. Here are some comments from the
"I bet this has some really nice level scripting."
"Hey Jurie, At least it's coming out. Having worked on it as well (the
cutscenes), I am happy that it is...albeit later than planned. It would have
been a bigger shame had they just scrapped the project completely.I think
the biggest shock is that it's being released on Wii. I am just surprised
that Nintendo would let a game with that kind of content pass submission."
The fact that the comment poster who worked on the game is shock that it's
on the Nintendo Wii proves that it wasn't planned and seems to have been a last
minute thing since the Wii only came out in November/December and last we heard
Reggie was talking to Rockstar in December to bring GTA to the Wii. This could
be the reason for the delay as a whole and a result of listening to the fans
both here and on other message boards who asked for a Nintendo Wii version also
in December you may remember we made a plea to Rockstar to bring Manhunt 2 out
on the Wii.
News posts from May last year. Click here
Posted on: Feb 09 04:28 pm 2007 by: lazlow
|Manhunt 2 News | IGN Manhunt 2 Podcast
latest podcast they discuss Manhunt 2 on the Wii.
Really? Manhunt 2? On the Wii? Are you sure? You know that game is really
violent, right? Like, super violent. As in, it makes us feel like bad people
when we play it. And it's coming to the Wii? Really?
In the pod cast they express concern over how long the game has been in development
and they also say that the CEO of NOA, Reggie Fils-Aime met with Rockstar before
E3 last year and supplied them with 30 development kits and that they were one
of the first batch of developers to receive dev-kits, that is a pretty interesting
fact, if it is true that is.
You can download the podcast by clicking here.
Posted on: Feb 09 01:20 pm 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | Insight into Manhunt 2 by Gamesradar
Radar.com offers some good insight into Manhunt 2 giving their impressions
and ideas on the trailer and plot, they have quoted what most people on the
forums have already figured out, that one line in the trailer is from Shakespeare's
The Tempest the line in question appears near the end of the trailer and reads
"What seest thou else in the dark backward and abysm of time?".
GamesRadar believe the goal of the game will be to escape from the laboratory
where Dr. Whyte has been brainwashing you for several years, they even go as
far as to say they believe you will end up killing your family as a result of
the brainwashing. They finally finish up by saying that Rockstar is one of the
few developers that really know how to "build and unfold a complex and
challenging plot". Here are some interesting parts from the article.
As the images continue to flicker and fade, a menacing voice proclaims: "What
seest thou else in the dark backward and abysm of time?". This odd, almost
incomprehensible phrase is actually a direct quote - from Shakespeare's The
The Tempest initially focuses on two characters - Prospero (the play's wise
but flawed nobleman, exiled on an island) and his daughter, Miranda. Both
have lived on a deserted island for 12 years, and Miranda has never known
anyone but her father. As a result he has been able to construct her entire
reality, by manipulating her mind. He is, in effect, her creator. The quote
comes when Prospero quizzes Miranda about faint memories she has from her
past before they were banished.
Dr. Whyte has perhaps even used you as a mindless slave to do his dirty work
for him - echoing another character from The Tempest, the abused and vicious
You can talk about this and any other Manhunt 2 details in the topic we have
made on our forums. Click here
We are also looking for Manhunt 2 Fanart to go into our image gallery so if
you think you have something worth contributing why not post in on the forums?
Posted on: Feb 09 12:05 pm 2007 by: lazlow
|Manhunt 2 News | Rockstar expects an 18 in the UK
website has the article "Murder victim’s parents condemn Manhunt
sequel" Keith Vaz also backed both parents saying that he was "astonished"
that Rockstar had made a sequel. The following is a direct lift from the article.
Two parents who believe their son was murdered in an attack inspired by Manhunt
have hit out at Rockstar for confirming the release of a sequel to the game.
Mrs Pakeerah added: "It is an insult to my son's memory that they have
announced this game in the month we will be marking this anniversary. Mr Pakeerah
told the Leicester Mercury: "I'm very disappointed. This is rubbing salt
into the wounds in the month we will be marking the anniversary of Stefan's
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz has backed both parents. He said he was "astonished"
that producer Rockstar had made a sequel. He added: "It is contempt for
those who are trying very hard to ensure something is done to control the
violent nature of these games.
Eurogamer.net reports Rockstar Games have pre-empted the headline writers
of newspapers, magazine and online columns in what Eurogamer.net
are calling "Manhunt 2 excuses in early" a Rockstar spokesperson pointed
out, in a responce to the article on UK trade magazine MCV's website, (quoted
above) that Manhunt 2 is clearly an adult game and that they expect a rating
of no less than 18+ in the UK. The following is taken from the article on Eurogamer
We believe Manhunt 2 is a great entertainment experience for fans of psychological
thrillers and urban horror,
Manhunt 2 is a chilling and compelling drama and is only appropriate for
people who are old enough to play it, Manhunt 2 builds on the success of the
original Manhunt, a critically acclaimed and BAFTA-nominated title that has
established a loyal fan base amongst adult gamers.
We are aware that in direct contradication to all available evidence, certain
individuals continue to link the original Manhunt title to the Warren Leblanc
case in 2004. "The transcript of the court case makes it quite clear
what really happened. At sentencing the Judge, defence, prosecution and Leicester
police all emphasised that Manhunt played no part in the case." Adding
that it respects people who disagree with it, the publisher concluded that
it would submit the game to appropriate bodies, expects it to get an 18 rating,
and hopes that'll be fine with everyone.
Hopefully this latest announcment by Rockstar will silence people like Keith
Vaz and Jack Thompson who are bound to jump on Manhunt 2 as soon as the first
in-game video surfaces, althought i doubt it since Keith Vaz is still trying
to stop sales of Manhunt to minors 3 years after it was released even though
Manhunt has a rating of 18 in the UK and a 17+ rating in the US. Check out the
news post we made on January 25th for more here.
Posted on: Feb 08 04:14 pm 2007 by: lazlow
|Manhunt 2 News | Pre-order, Release Date and Box Cover.
You can now pre-order Manhunt 2 at the Rockstar warehouse website still no
word on the official website however. The PS2 and PSP versions are $39.99 and
the Nintendo Wii version is $49.99 pre-order here.
Play.com has an early release date up of the 11th of May also 1up.com
have put up a date of June, 15th at this stage i doubt either can be accurate
both are a Friday meaning they will be UK release dates if anything. 1up.com
also gave their thoughts and impressions on the Wii version and the trailer.
but a Wii version means...are we going to be realistically simulating murdering
people with our own hands? If there's anyone to step into that taboo territory,
it's certainly Rockstar.
And today we have our first glimpse into the game via GameVideos, albeit
in the form of a vague teaser trailer that's really only useful for discerning
that Manhunt 2 is in development, not figuring out what the game's about,
whether it has maintained the realistic tone of the first one in its violence
and, most importantly, how Rockstar is taking advantage of the Wiimote and
nunchuck. Still, it's something, and the game's not particularly far off --
Manhunt 2 drops this summer.
You might have also noticed several different places including IGN
and Gamespot have a front cover up for Manhunt 2 showing the Manhunt 2 logo
and the logo for the specific platform, right clicking on the box art at Ign
shows the words "mockbox" maybe that will confirm it's false to those
who think that this will be the final cover. Note the images are coming from
the Rockstar warehouse website.
Posted on: Feb 08 01:10 pm 2007 by: lazlow
|Manhunt 2 News | Teaser Trailer 2
I have uploaded the flash intro teaser off the official Manhunt 2 website,
it contains alternative scenes from the official trailer including one where
a hammer/hand axe hits someone on the back of the head perhaps indicating we
can expect executions. Other things include a very painful looking needle piercing
into an eye, surgery on someone, errie looking hallways and a large set of teeth
near the end. Check it out here.
Posted on: Feb 07 08:52 pm 2007 by: lazlow
|Manhunt 2 News | Wii-Hunt IGN Roundtable
The folks over at IGN have put up a ‘roundtable’ article where
they discuss Manhunt 2 on the Wii. The general consent is they are happy, shocked,
and in some instances ‘freaked out’. Here are some quotes:
That is, in a word, cool.
awesome drama in the industry
In my mind this is the most positive Wii news I've heard in 2007
I have the highest hopes that Manhunt 2 will rock on Wii and establish a
precedent for more mature themed games on the system.
Am I the only one seriously freaked out by this news? There's something
wrong with having players actually physically act out this kind of violence
(choking stabbing, shooting, etc.) The Wiimote takes the gameplay to a very
uncomfortable and disturbing level.
The roundtable article is only available to IGN Insiders, if you are an IGN
Insider you can peep it here.
Posted on: Feb 07 02:14 pm 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | Manhunt 2 Site Launched
The updates just keep coming; Rockstar has now launched the official site
for Manhunt 2. At this time there isn't much to see, there is the press release,
links to watch the teaser at a higher resolution and pre-order links that aren’t
currently set up. There is a nice flash intro however so it is worth heading
over there for that alone.
You can check out the official site by clicking here.
Posted on: Feb 07 02:45 am 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | First Manhunt 2 Teaser Released
Rockstar has released the first teaser trailer for Manhunt 2; it looks as
though the protagonists name is Daniel Lamb after all. If you haven’t
already then I suggest you go look in the rumours
section of the site since we were told of such a name many months ago and it
is very likely that a lot more that you find in there will turn out to be true.
I have uploaded the trailer to YouTube
or alternatively you can download it from IGN.
Freeze framing the trailer reveals information about mind control; it looks
to be an advertisement for a book by a 'Dr.Whyte'. There is also a glimpse of
a news show on TV. Perhaps the mind control is done by the TV station or is
televised, maybe the next stage of reality television? There is also a single
frame that states 'I hate you and ill kill'. Daniel looks to be a family man,
and just who is his bald friend in the background?
So what do you all think? It looks very much like the first game in terms of
art direction, it doesn’t look to be any less twisted either. I do find
it funny that it mentions how the product is not yet rated, I know they need
to stick it on all un-rated trailers and such, but who honestly thinks this
is going to get anything below a solid 18 in Britain and an M in America? One
of the voices sounds a lot like Brian Cox to me, but perhaps that is me just
wanting it to. Either way hell is looking pretty damn good. How long is it until
Posted on: Feb 07 12:43 am 2007 by: pogo
|Manhunt 2 News | Manhunt 2 Announced
and Rockstar has now officialy announced Manhunt 2 with a scheduled summer release.
With Manhunt 2 we have tried to create a game that stays close to the original
concept of chilling suspense and stealth, whilst pushing the game design and
storytelling forward," said Sam Houser, founder and executive producer
of Rockstar Games. "We are also excited to have our newest development
team, Rockstar London, working on the title alongside our two established
UK studios, Rockstar North and Leeds.
This will come as no surprise to anyone of the forum, as we first broke news
of Manhunt 2 last March followed by premature confirmation from various voice
actors and developers from Rockstar Vienna. Last October I was told by anonymous
sources within Rockstar North that they had the game back. At the start of January
I received an email about Rockstar London involvement with the title, however
I took it with a pinch of salt as there was nothing to back the source up.
Rockstar London is developing the Playstation 2 version with Leeds working
on the PSP release and Rockstar Toronto on the Nintendo Wii version. Rockstar
Toronto also developed The Warriors for the Playstation 2 and Xbox, The Warriors
ran on a modified version of the Manhunt engine. Rockstar North is supervising
the game just as they did with the PSP versions of Grand Theft Auto. We were
told that they were heavily involved with the game while it was in development
at Rockstar Vienna as well. Quite a back story behind the development of this
game, would it be too late to ask for a ‘Making Off’ for the game
do you think?
Hopefully we will get another excellent soundtrack by Craig Conner, he was
involved with Liberty City Stories so it is possible, just after San Andreas
was released he was quoted as saying he had to go to a very dark place in order
to create the Manhunt soundtrack the first time around, let’s hope he
had a return ticket.
I hope that we had some influence over the Nintendo Wii version of the title;
however this now opens up the flood doors for a whole host of other accusations
made towards Rockstar. After seeing what EA is doing with the Godfather it makes
me wonder what we will be able to do in Manhunt.
I will be picking up the PlayStation 2 and Wii version myself, how about everyone
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Posted on: Feb 06 08:06 pm 2007 by: pogo