Rockstar "proud" of Manhunt 2

Says thanks to fans.

In a message of thanks issued to its supporters, Rockstar has defended controversial title Manhunt 2 and argued that games should be judged in the same way as other forms of media, reports.

An email sent out by Rockstar reads, "We wanted to thank everyone who has taken the time to contact us about Manhunt 2.

"We are very proud of Manhunt 2 and believe it builds on what the team accomplished with the first title in the series. The game was developed as a horror experience, and to be an M rated title, aligning it with similar horror content created in other forms of media.

"Unlike many other people, we do not think videogames should be singled out for special treatment from the authorities. We hope to have more information for you soon, but in the meantime, we wanted you to know how much we value all of your messages of support."

Manhunt 2 was due to be published on PSP, PS2 and Wii. It has been banned from sale in the UK and Ireland, and given an Adults Only rating in the United States - which means neither Sony or Nintendo will allow the game to be released for their consoles.

As a result, Rockstar last week announced it would be temporarily suspending plans to publish the game.

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