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James Bond will return…in 007 Legends

Seems as though 2012 will be a busier year for the Bond franchise than first assumed.  In addition to the upcoming film Skyfall (set for release on the 50th anniversary of the film franchise), Activision has announced 007 Legends, the latest Bond game since GoldenEye 007: Reloaded (essentially a 2011 HD enhancement of the 2010 remake of the 1997 classic game).

007 Legends, starring Daniel Craig’s Bond, will feature “an original, overarching storyline tying together six classic Bond movies, concluding with this year’s highly-anticipated 23rd installment — SKYFALL — to offer the most diverse Bond gaming experience yet”, according to Activision’s latest press release.  The document also describes some of the gameplay mechanics, such as high-tech spy gadgets, a wide arsenal of weapons (including the Walther PPK, of course), impressive vehicles,  the ability to travel to exotic locations where Bond must use wits and style to combat his foes, opportunities to perform risky stunts… and the chance to mingle with attractive women.

Says Executive V.P David Oxford, “To honor 50 years of the world’s top secret agent, 007 Legends offers a collection of his most famed moments in the smartest and most treacherous Bond game yet. Creating a video game storyline that ties together six popular, yet very different, Bond movie narratives can be challenging, but together with EON Productions, our developer Eurocom, has pulled it off to create an homage that we think will be a unique and highly entertaining Bond video game.”

In addition, the press release also references the game’s other mode: Mi6 Ops Missions, a popular addition in the previous Bond game.  In similar fashion to Modern Warfare 2 & 3, it allows players to enjoy individual bonus missions, some of which may have been taken from the campaign, as well as the opportunity to play as classic Bond cohorts or villains (no word on exactly who). In addition, an announced multi-player mode (a la GoldenEye) offers four-player local split-screen and online competition.

So far, this looks to be an interesting project undertaken by MGM, Activision and Eurocom, and I hope to see and hear good things in the coming months.  For now, just look forward to its Fall release for Xbox 360 and PS3, and keep following this site for more info.

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