The following is listed by order of
finding information out, beginning around may 2005, to see
the latest update on the situation, scroll down.
It isn't even known if a sequel is in the works. Some magazine
publications have stated that it is but no official confirmation
from Rockstar has been issued. This doesn't rule out a sequel
however as Rockstar (the developers) are known for only announcing
titles a matter of months before there release.
May 2005 - People had hoped to see a sequel
announced for Manhunt but E3 came and went without any announcement.
All through 2005 rumours were going around magazine publications
in the UK that a sequel was going to be made for Playstation
2, this was later changed to Playstation 3.
January 2006 - Take-Two announced in their
Fiscal for 2005 & 2006 that a sequel of a Rockstar brand
was an expected product in 2006 this seemed to hint at Manhunt
2 since all other Rockstar games were either in development
or already announced. In February Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition
Remix was announced by Rockstar it was thought this could
have been the sequel hinted at back in January but this game
was more alike a special edition than a sequel and was part
of the PS2 Greatest Hits program and the Xbox® Platinum
February 2006 - It still seemed to hint
that Manhunt 2 was the unannounced sequel, in late February
we got word of a magazine had published details on Manhunt,
the details were in the December issue of US publication PSM's
future releases calendar for 2006 and 2007 also mentioned
was the fact the game was barely in development.
March 2006 - Take-Two again announced that
a sequel to a Rockstar brand was still on the way for 2006
meaning Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition Remix couldn't have been
the sequel it was also clear that the list of games that could
have been a sequel has shortened. It is now hoped that at
E3 2006 some details of Manhunt 2 will be announced.
Also within this report Take-Two made it clear that it expects
sequels to Rockstar brands for next-gen consoles expected
to be released within 2007. The Official UK PS2 magazine speculates
that the likelihood of a Manhunt sequel on next gen console
to be slim due to the content that the developers would be
able to put inside it, such as modelling the entire insides
of a person. They give it a 25% of happening due to this fact.
But knowing Rockstar, anything goes.
In Take-Two's Second Quarter Fiscal & Financial Results
2006 they revealed that the unspecified sequel had once again
moved. It was completely removed from their release schedule
and in its place was an unspecified PSP sequel to a Rockstar
title and several sequels to come at a later date for next-gen
May 2006 – Once again E3 came and
went, no word on Manhunt 2. It was presumed to be dead in
August 2006 - Jeff Gurner confirmed that
he has once again participated in recording voice work for
the game; he recalls it being around 8 month ago and says
that games are typically released 6-12 months after voice
work has been completed. Also during August we launched our
official petition page, where people could put fourth their
point of view on the game for Rockstar to see.
At this point we pretty much know there is a Manhunt sequel
waiting to be announced, it is just a case of waiting on Rockstar
to admit to it.
September 2006 – We receive a series
of e-mails from people suggesting to us that Manhunt 2 was
indeed in development at Rockstar Vienna and that there may
have been some behind the scenes showing of Manhunt 2 at the
2006 E3 after all. We are also told that some of the rumours
featured on this very page are in fact truth. Although we
are told not to invest too much into that since it could have
changed since being given to another developer.
October 2006 - It is hinted at that Rockstar
North (original developer) may have Manhunt 2 in development
at their studio. Even when the game was in development at
Rockstar Vienna it is confirmed that Rockstar North still
had a hands on with the game.
November 2006 - Take-Two announced 20 Playsation
3 games in development, seven of which are Rockstar titles,
Manhunt 2 has likely been shifted over to the Playsation 3
so it looks as though we are in for a very long wait.
February 2007 - Take-Two and Rockstar officialy
announce Manhunt 2 with a release date of 'Summer 2007'. They
reveal the first teaser trailer and splash webpage for the
game, confirming alot of information that is on this very
With Manhunt 2 now confirmed it brings an end to our speculation
and digging into Manhunt 2, now Manhunt 3!