Does “Rush” = Agent or GTA?

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There’s been a lot of hype bouncing around about Rockstar’s project codenamed “Rush”.

So far the two directions the rumors are gravitating towards are the newest installment of GTA and a newcomer to the field called Agent.

What we know about Agent so far is that it is supposedly set in the 1970’s during the crazy good times of the Cold War. It will cover a lot of the espionage and assassinations that made that time prime video game material. Some wording seen about it says it will be “the ultimate action game” and will have “very, very different storylines, very different character development” from GTA. It also seems like it may only be for the PS3 as of now.

GTA V (or perhaps some city name) so far… has pretty much no information whatsoever other than we expect it to be released in 2012, four years after GTA IV.

Now for the clues.

A one Superannuation found a motion capture casting call for Rush was released back in November to Telsey & Company, a popular casting choice for Rockstar. It had a list of characters that did include some FBI agents. So possibility of being Agent. However, much of the espionage and fun stuff during that time was really done by the CIA, not the FBI. The list also includes some very interesting characters like Mrs. Avery – “Neurotic soccer mom, home maker, 48, anxious and addled on pain killers. Very angry at neighbor MRS Bell” or Eddie – “47, Weed evangelist, guy who started smoking at 30, and is now a leading proponent of marijuana’s fantastic properties. White, awkward.” These seem to be perfect character types to be putting into a GTA game.

The locale seems to be set in Southern California, L.A. and Hollywood by most accounts. If this is GTA, I’m a little disappointed since they somewhat touched on the Los Angelas scene back in San Andreas. I’d very much like to see a new locale to shake things up a bit. Some of the other lightly rumored locations from a while ago really sparked my interest with England and Japan.

There’s also a number of websites that have been grabbed already by the parent company Take Two. They seem like they could be some of the tie-in fun they pull with real world versions of in game companies and sites. Here is the list of ones they bought in January.

* CashForDeadDreams.com
* SixFigureTemps.com
* StopPayingYourMortgage.net
* HammersteinFaust.com
* LifeInvader.com

My thoughts? I’m thinking Arby’s, but that’s irrelevant. It sounds to me like it very well could be the next installment of Grand Theft Auto. I am interested to see what Agent has in store as well though. But it all could just turn out to be a Rockstar game that we’ve never heard of yet.

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