New Rockstar Franchise Exclusive to PS3

In a post on the official PlayStation blog, Sony of America director of third party relations Michael Shorrock today revealed that Grand Theft Auto IV developer Rockstar Games is working on a new franchise exclusively for release on the PlayStation 3.

"Rockstar really wanted to make a game that you can truly only do on PS3, harnessing the power of CELL and Blu-ray disc and this deal lets them do just that," Shorrock said in his post. "This is really a win-win situation for both companies."

Shorrock was quick to mention that the unnamed title is not L.A. Noire--the stylish thriller in development by Australian studio Team Bondi and published by Rockstar--but something entirely new. No further details, including a release time frame, were mentioned.

The announcement follows a period of deviation for the traditionally PlayStation-focused company, with Rockstar's Table Tennis appearing only on the Xbox 360--and soon on Wii--along with extra Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, X360) content planned exclusively for the Xbox 360 version of the game.

Rockstar Games spokesman Hosi Simon last week hinted to Games Radar that the PlayStation 3 version of Grand Theft Auto IV would not receive any exclusive content to rival the planned Xbox 360 episodic downloads.

"I guess if you want the complete experience with the episodes, then yeah, you should buy the 360, I suppose," Simon said. When asked whether the PlayStation 3 version would have any similar content, Simon replied, "Not that I can think of."