Gearbox "Nowhere" On Heat Game, IP "Isn't Locked Down"
It's a totally bad-ass movie and one that might've made for a great video game. Well, although someone out there is still free to try, Gearbox Software has opted to pass on the project.
A game based on the critically acclaimed, Michael Mann-directed film "Heat" was announced back at E3 2006, and the Brothers in Arms developer was slated to create it. We have no idea if they were going for an open-ended GTA-style production, but they did say that at one point, the game was "in advanced stages with representatives for [Heat stars] Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer to be part of the video game sequel." Unfortunately, the project basically disappeared off the radar and we haven't heard much about it since. And now, according to GameSpot, Gearbox is simply moving on. Said CEO Randy Pitchford:
"In a nutshell, we're nowhere. We have passionate game makers that would love to do it. We've got filmmakers that think it's a great idea that would love to see it done. We have publishing partners that would love to publish it. But we have no time. That's the limiting factor.
Because of the situation, we're not keeping the IP locked down anymore. So if somebody else were in a spot where they could do it, and everybody was comfortable with that, then conceivably that could happen."
So it seems you won't be seeing Heat any time soon, although you will have the option of purchasing Gearbox's newest title, Borderlands, which is slated to drop on October 20. It's a highly anticipated sci-fi shooter with what should be an immense amount of depth, so we're excited about it. And as for the defunct project, well...the movie still rules. That's enough for us.
8/3/2009 Ben Dutka