One particularly eagle-eyed NeoGAF user has come across a possible new Rockstar title after looking at a Rockstar trademark that has been codenamed “Judas”. The trademark is filed under two separate categories: 9, which stands for “computer and video game programs and software,” and 41, which is “entertainment services, namely, providing online games.”
Whatever this could mean for Rockstar is a mystery for now until we learn more about Judas, but the internet has been abuzz with guessing. Whether it’s a filing for an already-in-development property (such as Red Dead Redemption 2 or something Grand Theft Auto related) or something new (it might be another historical property due to the significance of the name “Judas”), we know essentially nothing at the moment.
The Rockstar trademark might even be in relation to the company’s recent spat with fired employee Leslie Benzies, who left the studio a few days ago after a spat involving the Houser brothers (the founders of Rockstar) over the Housers not helping in the development of Grand Theft Auto 3 or Grand Theft Auto Online, the online component of Grand Theft Auto 5.
The spat had apparently been sparked by the fact that Benzies put his own name in the opening credits of the game in the place of Sam Houser’s, which Houser did not see until after the game had already shipped.
Either way, Rockstar appears to have been in the news a great deal lately, whether through the possibility of Red Dead Redemption 2 being announced soon, or the rumor of single-player campaign DLC for Grand Theft Auto 5 after three years of waiting.
Whether we’ll get more information about Judas at E3 or we’ll have to wait for a while longer, hopefully whatever Rockstar Games plans to use it for will be an interesting property for us to look at and play, rather than being a thinly-veiled and petty insult.