A renewed trademark by publisher Take-Two Interactive could allude to something being in the works for one of Rockstar Games’ most controversial series, and its not Grand Theft Auto.
Fans have seen nothing from the visceral Manhunt series since the second game launched back in 2007, but with the publisher renewing the series trademark, a third installment could be coming down the pipeline. Apart from Red Dead Redemption 2 being somewhere on the horizon, there isn’t much that the various Rockstar subsidiaries are known to currently be working on. Rumors and leaks have pegged Bully 2 as one such project and spy game Agent, long thought to be abandoned, as another, but that’s it. Prior to GTA V, the developer had a decade of steady and varying releases, but since the titanic crime drama landed, Rockstar has rapidly slowed down the pace of new titles, suggesting we are due for some sort of announcement.
The potential for a new Manhunt game is a promising change of pace, but there may be a reason we haven’t seen a new entry in the series in recent years. The Grand Theft Auto series is one of the most controversial in the industry, considering its sexual, violent, and drug-related content, but Manhunt managed to exceed even that high bar. The Manhunt games are some of the most violent and gruesome ever made, and were often demonized over a perceived violent influence the games may have had on youth. This stigma could be the reason we’ve gone so long without a new installment, and it’s not helped by the first two games getting banned in several countries over their content.
While fans wait to learn the fate of the Manhunt series, we can turn our anticipation to titles we currently know to exist. Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally planned to launch in fall of 2017, and while we still don’t have a solid date, recent leaks suggest we will see it in early June.