Sons of Anarchy game 'dead'

Show creator Kurt Sutter says after "no interest" from industry and "little support" from Fox, he is no longer pursuing tie-in.

The Sons of Anarchy game has screeched to a halt. Show creator Kurt Sutter said on Twitter today that he is no longer trying to bring a game based on the FX biker drama to market.

"I'm done," he said. "No interest from industry, little support from Fox. It B dead."

Just yesterday, Sutter reached out to Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption studio Rockstar Games to see if the company was interested in making the Sons of Anarchy game. Sutter asked the company to call him regarding a potential partnership, though it is not clear if any discussion between the two parties ever took place.

The Sons of Anarchy game has gone from new idea to its grave in just nine months. Sutter first teased a tie-in in February, when he stated a browser-based game was possible. Then in May, he confirmed larger plans for the game after meeting with a mystery distributor, saying the project would be a "real" title for consoles that may take a while to create.

Less encouraging news on the Sons of Anarchy game came in August, when Sutter claimed a major publisher dismissed the project, and added that the game may never come to market.

Sons of Anarchy is an FX television show in its fifth season that focuses on a closely knit group of motorcycle outlaws. It is set in the fictional town of Charming, California, and stars Charlie Hunnam (Green Street Hooligans) as the show's protagonist Jackson "Jax" Teller. Sons of Anarchy also features Katey Sagal (Married with Children, Futurama) and Ron Perlman (Fallout: New Vegas, Hellboy).

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jubdeidamasta
jubdeidamasta

As a gamer and a fan of this show. I couldn't be happier.

Ghost_702
Ghost_702

Awesome show and the game could definitely be just as great. Enough happens in the show for a game to be made about it and there's a heck of a lot of action so it wouldnt be boring. Plus, apart from GTA IV's expansion, I can't think of the last game made about biker gangs.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I never heard of the show and therefore could care less if the game came out.  I am not losing sleep over this one.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

Why doesn't EA pick it up and do a "Road Rash - SOA" game?

tgwolf
tgwolf

I won't cry, I don't condone any more 'See, these people are rejects, so don't feel bad about deviance' aka reality shows and games.

VelrenShade
VelrenShade

SOA is a fantastic show, a game tie-in could have been a nice experience but I don't believe it would have succeeded in sales nowadays..

vannacut
vannacut

why pay a guy for a partnership, whereas rockstar can make its own biker game with the equal amount of sales without paying any shares for a name....

wyan_
wyan_

Nothing good happens overnight in the game industry. I'm glad he gave up so easily. Del Toro has the patience and perseverance that's necessary. Obviously, this guy doesn't.

sortajan
sortajan

i've never even heard of this

Elann2008
Elann2008

Kurt hit the nail on the head.  "No interest" is right.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Might be a blessing in disguise for him. 

hickabickabooya
hickabickabooya

I must have missed the earlier stories about this, cause is the first I have heard anything about a SoA game.

YIGIF
YIGIF

I liked his enthusiasm about the idea though, nice try Kurt.

ALG_82
ALG_82

well considering nearly every movie/tv show game is a piece of s**t, I would say that this was a good move. It's a great show, you don't need anything else especially a mediocre half-ass video game.

MoreThot
MoreThot

well, personally i think this is a good move. The show is great and most games that are made after a movie/show turn flop anyways.

blackace
blackace

Never knew a game was being made. I never watched the show.

Gam1nG_W1zard
Gam1nG_W1zard

I guess since Lost and the Damned was so similar to this show, it would be kinda hard to make this an actual game without seeming like they are re-releasing the GTA version 

Tekken312
Tekken312

I liked Lost and the Damned (aside from the naked dude). Riding as a biker is a cool idea, something Road Rash proved years ago. I think Rockstar would have as good a shot as anyone of making it work.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

I just don't see how the game could have been, well, much of a GAME.   GTA4's first expansion tried to follow this kind of storyline, and it simply didn't work well.  (Heh -- they even had Ron Perlman, pretty much in the same character... Makes me wonder if someone played the expansion and THEN copied the idea for a show...)

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

Rockstar is in a position now where it doesn't need anything but its own IPs.  The last time they did a game treatment on anything owned by someone else was The Warriors back in '05.  

 

Its just not good business sense to spend years and an untold amount of coding-hours on a product that you won't have complete control over.

cdog21
cdog21

Trippy. I just saw him the other day on X-play talking about how a SoA game would have worked with the game story line being parallel to the TV story line. Sort of like The Walking Dead game and the comics.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

Good. The show is successful, it doesn't need a game.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

The problem might be SoA has no targetted audience. If a majority of gamers don't watch FX, then they aren't going to get hyped for this. And if the show's majority of viewers just watch TV for entertainment, then they could care less for videogames.

Only a small minority, as it seems, would care for this tie-in to work; and that isn't something major publishers are looking for.

 

Besides, isn't Rockstar already busy with GTA5?

BuBsay
BuBsay

Less than 24 hours since he announced he wanted to do this, he's now saying he's scrapped the idea.

 

Well that's some dedication right there.

n64nut
n64nut

Would have turned out good if Rockstar had gotten involved; the Lost and Damned DLC for GTA4 was damn close to the show.

ziproy
ziproy

Yeah cuz games based on TV shows are always good right??

akedo1
akedo1

I say just incorporate That world into the next Title.. Gta 6 Sons Of Anarchy.. etc... Something along those lines.. the other mc's the cartel.. all of it could fit right in... Start out as a "Prospect" and work your way up... I would buy it... Good Crosspromotion for both..

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

One of the most overrated shows on television. Things always come together a little too easy. I compare the show and all their talk of a club to a group of boys with a clubhouse with a "No Girls Allowed" sign on the outsideWhen the show "raises" the stakes it only gets worse. Needs to be a little more grounded.

plaintomato
plaintomato

Would've been a great idea for GTA V DLC if not for the Lost and the Damned making it a been there done that kind of idea.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Good. TV shows shouldn't be come games.

abdougamer
abdougamer

R.A.G.E should be the perfect engine for the game .

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

This is actually a good thing, I love the show but just like game adapted movies usually suck, film and TV adapted games usually suck, I'm glad SOA won't be another one of these travesties......

Johny_47
Johny_47

That's no biggie for me, better than a really bad game being made just for the sake of it, the TV series is brilliant on its own, looking forward to the next season. I'm still wondering when it's starting back in the UK.

FranklynStreet
FranklynStreet

 @ALG_82 Well, the whole thing was that Sutter wanted to make sure it wasn't mediocre.  But he seems to have realized that without it being an IP wholly owned by the publisher/distributor, it was going to be a back-breaking labor to get it produced on the level with AAA IPs.  So he had 2 options: A) cave and let someone produce that shitty, mediocre game, or B) add another full-time job to his plate spearheading the production of the game over the next few years.  Accepting that he couldn't do that while keeping his job as showrunner of the series, and without the support of anyone from the gaming industry to help, it was plug-pulling time.

YIGIF
YIGIF

 @ALG_82 Exactly, I think peoples justified paranoia about movie/tv adaption games put them at odds with this idea, not to say Rockstar would have made a half-assed effort.

Biggs613
Biggs613

 @blackace There was no game being made, Sutter just wanted to have one made. As for the show, I def recommend checking it out, it's pretty good.

ImpliedBunny
ImpliedBunny

 @Tekken312 Like a naked man is something you have never seen before.  i honestly dont understand people's hatred of nudity.  its nature.  you dont freak out when you see a dogs balls do you?

shadow-crow
shadow-crow

 @Pyrosa The problem with that was it was GTA4, and in my opinion, the game was trying ot hard to be funny and sierious, the jokes were to childish and the drama to intense that they canceled out a little bit, a vivd memory was immediately after doing a side mission and killing a few people, roman called me and told me to go to tw@, or after I kicked some one off of a building, he mention the BAWSDAQ. I felt like this was a bigger problem in the expansion packs than in the main part.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

 @cdog21 Zombie games are pretty universal, so the game is only connected to the comic or show in name alone. It could stand by itself without the title, but a game about biking would seem pretty boring.

Tseng
Tseng

 @BuBsay Try 9 months, though some would argue that he did in fact give up too soon.  It's only been a day since he tried to get R* on board.

CloWnCircus
CloWnCircus

 @n64nut Exactly what I thought when I started watching the show. Although I love the show, The Lost and Damned DLC was the least interesting from the whole package. (GTA4, L&D and TBOGT)

akedo1
akedo1

already aware of Lost and damned.. could be a crossover extension of that.. Hell almost everything is already there.. just mocap actors,and voiceovers needed.. etc...

CloWnCircus
CloWnCircus

 @jcloverboy Come together too easy? How many episodes did you watch? 3? Ron Perlman's character has got to be the most loved\hated character in a TV Show in a while, only compared to "Benjamin Linus" in Lost. Sure, sometimes you have to "fast-forward" some of the affairs to avoid stagnation but saying things come together too easy is not a fair critic. 

plaintomato
plaintomato

 @DarthLod Guess you haven't watched Oprah then...that would be a sweet video game.

notorious98
notorious98

 @YIGIF  @ALG_82 The Warriors tells me that Rockstar could have easily made a great SoA game.  Of course, they already made it.  It's called The Lost and the Damned.