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Gearbox not making Heat game

Gearbox not making Heat game

Gearbox has confirmed that it is no longer looking to make a game based on Heat and that the rights are for sale.

Gearbox has confirmed that it is no longer planning to make a game based on Michael Mann's 1995 crime film Heat, despite already owning the rights to make the game.

Gearbox picked up the license to make a Heat game back in 2006 with definite plans to make a game. Now though, it seems like those plans have been abandoned. In fact, Gearbox may even be looking to sell the rights to the game off if a developer steps forward and makes a decent offer.

"In a nutshell, we're nowhere," said Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford in a comment to Gamespot.

"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."

We hate to say it, but it's probably a good thing that Heat: The Game isn't getting made. The film was a slow, calm and methodical piece of cinema and while that well-known bank robbery scene may make for a great game, the mood of the piece would likely be lost if the medium changed. There are plenty of other crime sims out there anyway.

Are you sad Gearbox won't be working on the project? Let us know in the forums.

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Sir Digby 3rd August 2009, 13:38 Quote
I was expecting a game full of gossip and showbiz.

This disappoints.
mjm25 3rd August 2009, 13:50 Quote
it would have to be something along the lines of a modern version of the first Mafia game... at about half speed. i suspect some of us older gamers would revel in it, maybe not the young GTA crowd though (shouldnt that be an oxymoron anyway?!)
Jamie 3rd August 2009, 13:54 Quote
If you want to play this game, pick up GTA4 and do the bank robbery mission :)
liratheal 3rd August 2009, 14:25 Quote
Good.

Heat should, in no way, be made into a game. Ever.

It needs to stay as a film, where it was absolutely excellent.
Bursar 3rd August 2009, 17:17 Quote
Kane & Lynch may have got a slating, but the opening few missions are quite Heat like. Especially when you're hunkered down in the bus stop waiting for your ride, and the cops and SWAT teams are bearing down on you.
awaham 3rd August 2009, 19:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Good.

Heat should, in no way, be made into a game. Ever.

It needs to stay as a film, where it was absolutely excellent.

Agreed. Kane and lynch proved that.
p3n 3rd August 2009, 19:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by awaham
Quote:
Originally Posted by liratheal
Good.

Heat should, in no way, be made into a game. Ever.

It needs to stay as a film, where it was absolutely excellent.

Agreed. Kane and lynch proved that.

How did that game get positive reviews? :P
MiNiMaL_FuSS 3rd August 2009, 22:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
How did that game get positive reviews? :P

If only we knew :P

For those living under a rock:
BRIBES - lovely cheesecakey bribes! but porbably without the cheesecake...more likely cash...but lets not write that kind of bribe off....cash can be converted into cheesecake.....it's a complex recipe but damn it's good!...although don't use coins...
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