Rockstar developers arrested in Egypt while working on Agent

Rockstar developers arrested in Egypt while working on Agent

Although the development of the spy game Agent has not yielded any results, and the trademark was abandoned in November 2018, the game is still remembered. Now one curious situation has surfaced that happened to the developers of Rockstar San Diego when they got into an international incident. The fact is that the San Diego team worked on the development of the early version in the 2000s before handing the game over to Rockstar North.

According to GameInformer , some of the Agent events were supposed to take place in Cairo. In this regard, several Rockstar San Diego employees went on a trip to capture photographs of the Egyptian capital. The traveling group included medium artists Joseph Sanabria and William Kidwell, art director Charles Morrow, and lead artist Darrell Gallagher. Previously, the developers studied the issue of the legality of the shooting, and also hired drivers to help with the translation, but they were not ready for what happened to them.

Sanabria was the first to face the situation when he was forced to remove the photo at the request of the police. However, such troubles continued to occur during a trip to Cairo, so at one point weapons were pointed at the developers. The culmination was Gallagher’s arrest at the airport and interrogation while the rest of the team was under house arrest at the hotel.

Rockstar developers arrested in Egypt while working on Agent

The developers were accused of filming pornography, banned in Egypt. Louis Gigliotti, project manager at Rockstar San Diego, had to call the US Embassy in Cairo.

I’ll never forget how the embassy responder literally said, “Are you really stupid? Who thought this was all a good idea?”

Another problem arose with the contents of Morrow’s laptop, which he borrowed from his father, a gynecologist. As a result, the developers were still able to return home safe, but after the incident, Rockstar San Diego decided to cancel their visit to St. Petersburg.

Agent was announced in 2009 for the PS3 and was set to take place during the Cold War. Trademarks were renewed in 2013 and 2016, but no longer renewed in November 2018.

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