Sons of Anarchy game 'not looking good'

Series creator Kurt Sutter upgrades status of game based on biker drama show from "dead" to unlikely.

The prospect of a game based on TV show Sons of Anarchy is "not looking good." That's according to series creator Kurt Sutter, who offered a status update on the game last night over Twitter.

Responding to a question of "When is this [Sons of Anarchy] video game coming to life? Or will it ever?" Sutter replied, "Not looking good. But I'll keep throwing salt on the wound."

Today's status update is an upgrade from what Sutter said in November, when he declared the game "dead" after he said it failed to gather interest from the industry or support from Fox. Prior to that, Sutter reached out to Rockstar Games, asking the Grand Theft Auto studio to call him about a potential partnership. It is not clear if any discussion was ever held.

The Sons of Anarchy game has had a roller coaster ride of a past year. 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, Pacific Rim) 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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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

33 comments
billbob54
billbob54

Self publishing on Xbox One always brings hope. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

I had a feeling that a game of this show would've been a quick cash-grab and done nothing for the great show it represents. So, in a way, I'm glad they're passing on the game. It would've ruined the shows legacy. 

digitaldevil624
digitaldevil624

let it have the walking dead treatment, if you can't find a developer oh well it's still a good show

jimmyCCFC
jimmyCCFC

Sons of anarachy has the most stupid storylines to the point it's barely watchable. Also i love the whole 'the IRA are our friends' message throughout. Can't beat a bit of thumbs up to terrorists!

Also charlie hunham can't act.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

It would not be as good as The Lost and Damned. Film the prequel season about The First 9 instead.

yoda101280
yoda101280

While SoA is one of my favorite shows I can't really see a game based on it being all that great.

4lic
4lic

Could be a game like The Walking Dead.

luniac
luniac

COME ON YOU RETARDED GAMESPOT ENOUGH WITH THE MISLEADING TITLES!!!

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

GTA: The Lost And Damned was blatantly based on Sons Of Anarchy. No doubt. Your playable character Johnny was just like Jax and Billy was almost identical to Clay. Also, Billy turned into an asshole just like Clay and shit goes wrong etc.

Even though I love Sons Of Anarchy and TLAD, they couldn't do a better job than what has already been done. I just can't see it! :(

tgwolf
tgwolf

I'm not crying and I'm not even pretending to cry about this, except that the likelihood of the game has gotten BETTER...in a few words, why would I be interested AT ALL in a game that is the equivalent of that shopping game or job sim to the many more hardcore crime sim games, or even APB Reloaded...which after all is free...

erix43
erix43

This is old news. They are running out of content. They've done it before. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

Sell the rights to Rockstar.  They'd make an excellent game. 

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I'm fine with just the TV show, I don't need a game based on it and I don't think it would do justice to the show. At this point if the most well known developers aren't interested maybe it's not meant to be, maybe you should forget about it and focus on what's good.....the TV Series.

pozium
pozium

A son's of arnachy game wont sell cos we've already seen games of that nature....particularly GTA games

TrueGB
TrueGB

Give it the Telltale treatment. Worked for Walking Dead.

ArataWata
ArataWata

Be honest, people.

Do you REALLY want a game based on this? Do you REALLY think developers are going to be able to make something good out of this? Hasn't the last thousand games based on movies/shows/comics taught you anything yet?

The Batman Arkham games are great, yes but that kind of dedication to make something truly special based on a comic character only comes when in a blue moon, on Friday the 13th when all the planets have aligned. 

sethfrost
sethfrost

There's no need for a SOA video game. Play GTA IV TLAD. All good.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I'm just about to start a 4 season marathon.  i hope it's a good show, but I wouldn't expect a good game.

SecularSage
SecularSage

As much as I love Sons of Anarchy as a show, it'd have to be a pretty amazing concept and execution to be a decent game. It would almost certainly have to involve a different club charter and set of characters. It'd also be difficult to pull the game off with any sense of realism unless they put an MC against an entire army of gangs and cartel thugs.

I think gamers have been burned by far too many crummy TV tie-ins (Prison Break: The Conspiracy, The Sopranos, Lost: Via Domus and Game of Thrones are all notable examples), and Sons of Anarchy has a fairly limited audience. 

Solace427
Solace427

How about drop it, save yourself from wasting so much money on this and do something more productive that people will actually care about???

Kane04
Kane04

Lost and Damned

EPaul
EPaul

Does anyone care at this point

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

Game of Thrones RPG and now this?

xxBenblasterxx
xxBenblasterxx

I would say that Rockstar would be the perfect partner for this game based on their Lost and the Damned DLC for GTA IV, however i found that piece of DLC based in the larger GTA world was the perfect amount of Biker Gang game that i'd want i didnt feel like i wanted more. Does a game based on SoA really have the legs for a full title? 

nigelholden
nigelholden

I'd imagine that larger studios like Rockstar would rather work on their own IP.  Doing and existing show would be extremely limiting and tricky and TV show based games don't exactly have the best track record. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

@jimmyCCFC Your speaking sacrilege and should be burned at the stake. 

ibonedyourmom
ibonedyourmom

@kamikazeespleen Though they are pretty similar I don't think its likely that it was based on Sons of Anarchy. Lost and Damned released in Feb '09. Thats just a few months after the first episode of Sons debuted. Somehow I doubt Rockstar watched the first season of Sons and then threw together Lost and Damned in a month.