In 2016 Take-Two, 2K and Rockstar Games’ parent company, registered the trademark for JUDAS and according to GTA VI leaker it’s Max Payne 4.
Rockstar Games are reportedly developing several games: Grand Theft Auto VI, Bully 2 and something called JUDAS. What exactly is JUDAS? According to leaker it is Max Payne 4 or is at least heavily related to it.
In 2016 Take-Two, 2K and Rockstar Games’ parent company, registered a trademark for a brand new IP called JUDAS. They’ve recently renewed the trademark registration for this title and are about to head into full development.
In classic Rockstar Games fashion, the studio has remained tight-lipped on any and all of their future games. That has lead to thousands of people speculating about their biggest selling IP and the highly anticipated sequel Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA VI).
No news is good news?
According to some the next Grand Theft Auto sequel is currently titled Project Americas, is set mostly in Vice City and features some South American countries. It is said to be heavily inspired by the story of “Barry”.
Additionally the information that was leaked also claimed that the majority of the gameplay would take place in Vice City but would include missions where the player would have to fly to South America. Wait a minute, this sounds strangely familiar. Is Grand Theft Auto VI based on one of America’s biggest anti-heroes… Barry Seal?
Barry Seal’s life story reads like a Grand Theft Auto plot. Adler Berriman “Barry” Seal was a Trans World Airlines (TWA) pilot who became a major drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel. When Seal was convicted of smuggling charges, he became an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration and testified in several major drug trials. He was murdered in 1986 by contract killers hired by Pablo Escobar, head of the Medellín Cartel.
Sadly, some people claiming to have actual information about Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA VI) say that the leaks are nothing but “smoke and mirrors.”
Is Rockstar Games’ JUDAS Max Payne 4?
But now people are focused on Rockstar Games new IP currently titled JUDAS. Take-Two Interactive have registered a domain for their new trademark judasthegame.com.
Although the ICANN information for judasthegame.com is currently private, a quick trademark search on United States Patent and Trademark Office does prove that Take-Two have indeed registered the name JUDAS. The trademark was also renewed in May of 2020.
The source alleges that Rockstar Games’ new IP JUDAS is “all about Max Payne 4” and is being developed along side Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA VI) on the same engine.
“Pre-production started in 2017 and full production in 2020,” the source added, claiming that both JUDAS and GTA VI will be exclusively next-gen games and won’t be available on the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One.
The source continued: “It [JUDAS] is being developed by Rockstar Games Toronto and other studios. Remedy is not involved Dan Houser has written the story and is involved in its development. Will come back in the future.”
Remedy Entertainment is a Finnish video game developer. The studio created the original Max Payne, released in 2001 and its sequel Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, which came out in 2003. In 2004, the Max Payne rights were sold to Take-Two Interactive.
According to the leaker Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive have no plans on announcing JUDAS until they’ve released Grand Theft Auto VI which they suspect will be in 2024.