It seems that Rockstar Games and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, have abandoned their Agent's development plans, a spy-themed game that has been radio-silent for years.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (via Eurogamer) lists the Agent's trademark as being abandoned by Take-Two since 19 November. "Abandoned because no Statement of Use or Request for Extension has been issued, duly submitted after the Supplement Notice", the current trademark's entry indicates.
With more than 11 years since the release of the Agent, many spectators have written off for a long time, but companies that leave the trademark are closest to the official announcement that they have stopped working on the project.
An unnamed Rockstar secret agent was first released in July 2007. At that time, Sony revealed that the PlayStation 3 is exclusive that is considered "the next great Rockstar franchise". Two years later, in E3 2009, Sony will discover that the spy game was set up in the 1970s and was named as Agent.
"The agent takes the players into a paranoid journey in the world of counter-intelligence, espionage and political assassinations during the Cold War height in the late 1970s," says Rockstar's official description.
In 2011, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnik confirmed that the Agent is still developing. A few months later, what was speculated that the first pictures in the game appeared.
Take-Two has repeatedly renewed the trademark but was silent about the Agent, as its original platform was inherited from the PlayStation 4, and the years passed for the title. The company was last granted the extension of the trademark in April.
As writing, Rockstar still lists the Agent as the upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive on its website.
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