Rockstar on the Manhunt again

Developer's new London studio debuts with sequel to controversial stealth action game for PS2, PSP, and Wii; teaser trailer inside.

Rockstar Games today announced that it is working on a sequel to Manhunt, the violent 2003 stealth action game that cast players as a death-row inmate forced to run a sadistic gauntlet of armed killers. Manhunt 2 is expected to release this summer for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and the Wii, where it will be the first Rockstar title for Nintendo's new platform.

Development on the game is a family affair for the company. Rockstar has confirmed it as the debut title for Rockstar London, which is working in conjunction with Rockstar North, the studio responsible for the first Manhunt, and Rockstar Leeds. Rockstar Toronto is also getting into the act by handling development of the Wii version of the game.

"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 Rockstar cofounder Sam Houser.

In 2004, the parents of a murdered 14-year-old blamed their son's death on Manhunt, saying his 17-year-old killer was influenced by the game's brutality. UK retailer Dixons pulled the game from its shelves in the wake of the attack, while a spokesperson for rival retailer HMV said his chain experienced significantly increased demand for the game in the wake of the tragedy. Police went on record as saying the game hadn't been connected to the boy's death, and the killer's motive was actually robbery.

Manhunt 2 has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

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376 comments
maynard19
maynard19

not comin on the 360...they'd have to spend a moderate amount of time working on graphics if they did that.

gazzad
gazzad

Man I loved manhunt.. I hate these douchebags that blame their own violent problems on videogames.. Fools. Wish it was out on the 360 though!

XchaoticsX
XchaoticsX

manhunt was a crazy violent game why the heck is #2 not coming to 360???!!!???!!!???

fcrsplyrwgrnpht
fcrsplyrwgrnpht

As it turns out, I had misunderstood your point. Now that you have restated I have no other intentions other than to fully agree. If anymore events happen that are related to violent games, then measures being taken is probability. I just hope that those types of events don't happen so I can fully enjoy everything this industry has to offer. I also heard about that columbine game. Hope that doesn't affect anything.

atticusg47
atticusg47

im scared though that rockstar north isnt completely behind this one.

atticusg47
atticusg47

manhunt was incredible, nothing more satisfying than laying some one out with a baseball bat to the skull. one of the best and most satisfying games ive ever played.

Nicksta101
Nicksta101

Sucks to you but maybe not for others. Maybe you just suck at Manhunt...

tucker6566
tucker6566

iv got this game it sucks, i found it on ebay, (i dont know how the person on ebay got it) but dont look forward to it, trust me it sucks

Nicksta101
Nicksta101

This is gonna be awesome but what sort of name is Daniel Lamb!? And it's annoying that people blame videogames on today's world's events. But Manhunt was a great purchase, i was worried at first on buying it but i'm glad i did. Next for horror, RE4.

red-orc
red-orc

Hey fcrsplyrwgrnpht, I think, you misunderstood my point - maybe I didn t explain it correctly: I m not talking about parents who don t allow their kids to play some violent games; I was thinking about the politics: More and more they seem to blame games for crimes like the one that just happened (I think in L.A.), where this mentally ill guy ran into a store and shot nine people dead. The discussion about games as trigger for crimes like that is getting hotter every day, especially here in Europe. They WILL censor games with violence against people from 2008 on - this process will start with games like Counter Strike - they already announced that. Till 2008 European politicians are designing a law that confirms their arguments - and senseless violent games like Manhunt 2 will only make their arguments stronger - that doesn't have anything to do with my personal kind of taste. Now you might say: And?! I don t care about you Europeans. Then I counter: 1st: If violent games won t be allowed anymore in Europe, then publishers will tend to develop soft games, cause they want to earn money. And 2nd: If crazy people will start to shoot others in the US, your politicians will start to forbid those games, too. It s a very sensitive situation right now. And "cool" Rockstar is coming out with a game like this - that s what I don t understand.

lewis326davies
lewis326davies

manhunt one had soooooo much tension i cant wait for this one

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

Manhunt was a bad game....I think this one will be worse.

fcrsplyrwgrnpht
fcrsplyrwgrnpht

You might not be able to play games like that but I will. Honestly I dont care if the future changes the way you think it will. Because if you think more games like manhunt will be coming out then great, i cant wait. And im not so sure if manhunt is supposed to be so revolutionary. All it has is more variety and gore than other games out now. Other than that, nothing has really sets it apart from those other relatively similar games. In all, I dont care if the future does change because if you dont like it, chances are I will :).

red-orc
red-orc

I predict an extremely lame video game-future (not that far away), thanks to Rockstars stupidly violent games like Manhunt. The discussion about violence in games just started and soon we won t even be able to play Half-life 2-type of games because of this selfish, reckless and wanna-be-revolutionary and -tough behavior of Rockstar. I "thank you" in advance, though I think you don t care, cause by then you earned enough money with planting bad seeds like this $/!?.

taino1128
taino1128

finally, its been almost 4 years since the original. im surprised nintendo actually wants an extremely violent game on its system

hairy_freak
hairy_freak

i've never heard of this game. but any game with blood in i'll play.

raydey100
raydey100

I absolutely can't wait! There's a rumour that the lead guy has got another personality in him. The teaser supports that. Thus...a Starkweather sort of character? Probably. And I don't know why, but I have a theory that the main guy will (try to) kill himself. Anyhows, I simply can't wait until summer. But it will be a good way to take out my stress about my A-Levels and the goddamn examiners. Manhunt = *drool*

Sargone
Sargone

Good news, the first game was original and really gore, I enjoyed it

S1ckle
S1ckle

Gimme this game already. I want to execute some guy in the most bloody way possible with something.

Fuuuuureakkkk
Fuuuuureakkkk

auntbussie says " What's wrong with the next gen option, forget the Wii cos that don't count, I demand a 360 version." Why does the wii not count, because it doesn't have good graphics, pffh your just another ignorent stupid *** that thinks graphics are evreything.

DiscoBurn
DiscoBurn

Ha wow. Never played the original..but I do own myself a Wii, and have an older brother who is hoping for some games like this to come out for it. God daamn, so much for the Wii being a family console.

Raykuza
Raykuza

I DARE someone to say the Wii is "kiddy" now!

grantstewart
grantstewart

If that game doesn't get AO, something is terribly wrong with the ESRB.

fcrsplyrwgrnpht
fcrsplyrwgrnpht

finally. i still play the first after beating 4 times...still though cant wait :)

NeverToBe5
NeverToBe5

I'm just glad those xbox fans can't get a taste of it

KING_JORGE_619
KING_JORGE_619

this is to all you people who say that they should take manhunt 2 out on the ps3 and 360. maybe rockstar doesnt want to release mh2 on the ps3 and 360 because they are waiting to see if the game sells then maybe theyll take it out on the ps3 or 360 if you dont believe me then remember that they tokk out the original manhunt on the ps2 then like a year later they released it for xbox and pc.

sancezz
sancezz

Hm, the first game was so ridiculously hard. Hope they make this one more fun too.

X360PS3AMD05
X360PS3AMD05

ZOMGG!! My brother is going to love this, i guess it wasn't so bad getting a Wii :D

yinyang3
yinyang3

Too bad this game sucked. I can only hope that it rises above it's former and becomes "good". They should make a Bully sequel instead.

Dualmask
Dualmask

PS2, PSP and Wii?! And not PS3? What...I'm a Nintendo and Sony supporter, but this comes as a shock even to me. I guess it's really true that developers go to the hot stuff.

oscar530
oscar530

YAY A SEQUEL IS COMING OUT REJOICE

dibooda
dibooda

WHO THE HELL EVER SAID THE Wii WAS FOR KIDS??!! *cough cough* sorry but you should know that Wii is far from being just for kids, the fact that manhunt 2 is coming on Wii will make you realise that all games fit well with Wii...

Cypher_VR
Cypher_VR

wakko19991- as much fun i had playing psychonauts myself, if you didn't know it was made by madjesco(dunno if i spelled it right) anyway the company is either hurting finacially/out of business so it's gonna be awhile before we hear anything from them..... *raises an open plastic bag with both hands*

Eloy
Eloy

hahahahaha!...look the Xbox and PS3 gamer faces!...Wii rules!

agentluap
agentluap

Damn R* need to get some brains and release on a true next gen console like the 360. This game will not suit the Wii at all. Come on R* why release it on a console its not suited to and a last gen format like PS2. We need some sense in the modern world. Pull you finger out and get it on the 360. Tisk Tisk

wakko19991
wakko19991

Another Manhunt? Can we get another psychonauts?

Lady_Sekhmet
Lady_Sekhmet

wow, on the Wii...I wonder if they will make it less violent for the wii, but I think they just want to take advantage of the nanchuck remote. I never played Manhunt, but I firmly believe that you shouldn't blame video games for the violence in children.

RedDragon9870
RedDragon9870

Finally another brutal massacre game where i can gut people cut their heads off anduse them as distractions... and not to mention its for ps2 still, how great rockstar decided to keep it for ps2 and Wii, sucks for all you xboxers out there :P

pantera320
pantera320

why not at least an original xbox version. i played the first one at my buddys house and it was wiked fun. i want it but i dont want to buy a ps2. ugh

cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

ur frickin kiddin me?!?! an ultra violent game on the Wii?!! awesome...

Berfomek_666
Berfomek_666

Sweet! A super violent game for wii, at last!

nu-animal
nu-animal

Somehow I can't shake the image of strangling someone with the wii-mote and nunchuck...

ryan71889
ryan71889

i believe the game will do better if they made a 360 version. not only will it be successful it will open the game up to make online play, which could be great.

razu_gamer
razu_gamer

so reggie fills aim really did go for a 'talk' with rockstar...not just for some tea....

darthmonkey360
darthmonkey360

going to love to see how the wii version turns out!

serbdelija
serbdelija

I just wrote e-mail to Australian OFLC to talk about R18+ rating for games because i want to play such games like Manhunt, NARC etc. If more Aussies send them e-mail's and put pressure on them the maybe they introduce R18+ for games http://www.oflc.gov.au