At what is poised to be one of the most important E3 shows ever, one of the biggest publishers will be notably absent because they couldn't pull everything together in time.
Rockstar Games, the name behind wildly popular and controversial series like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead, said that because of time restrictions it will not be at the show. The booth space it reserved at the Los Angeles Convention Center will be a notably big empty space.
This year's E3 has the potential to be one of the most impressive in the history of the show. Sony and Microsoft will be showcasing their new motion control platforms that will debut later this year, a new PSP is likely to be unveiled, and 3D gaming will be on display for the first time.
It was also set to be the stage for Rockstar to plug Max Payne 3 and LA Noir, and possibly announce a new Grand Theft Auto title. It is extremely rare for such a high-profile company to pull out of the show on such short notice. E3 2010 begins on June 15.
As the biggest video game trade show in the world, E3 has exhibitors planning months in advance to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. Some companies begin planning for next year's E3 during the current year's show. Rockstar apparently just had some last-minute difficulties.
The publisher said it would instead showcase its newest and upcoming titles at an exclusive event some time shortly after E3.
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