In gaming news from Sony, the company has dished the dirt on its upcoming espionage-based MMO for the PS3. The title will bear the sinister name The Agency
, and is expected out sometime before Christmas in the US.
The game is the first confirmed MMO for the platform. It comes from Sony Online Entertainment
, the company behind Everquest Online Adventures
for the PS2.
According to the game's producer, Matt Wilson, The Agency
will offer up the genre's stock traits, "action, adventure and intrigue." Wilson also teased that the game will feature "betrayals... the stuff that hasn't been tapped yet in the genre."
There are two factions to throw your lot in with, which suggests a player-vs-player element. You also get to build your own team of AI-controlled secret agents, although it's unknown whether you'll be able to lead them into conflict online.
Of course, while a stealthy spy-based PvP element might be interesting, it won't satisfy those who love nothing more than ploughing into combat with guns blazing and testosterone that bubble out of their ears. Those of you who fit that bill need not worry, however. "You are what you wear," according to Wilson. Roughly translated, that means you can either don armour and pump your opponents full of hot lead or slip into something a bit more innocuous and blend into the background like a beige ninja.
SPOnG, for one, is glad to see an MMO on the way that doesn't re-tread the tried and tested trail blazed by World of Warcraft
. Publishers are finally demonstrating that they have the stones to move beyond the swords and sorcery model, as demonstrated by Ubisoft with EndWar
.Source: Games Radar