Exclusive: The next James Bond
videogame from EA will be Casino Royale starring Daniel
Craig as 007 for release in November 2006...
Update: Next-gen console plans dropped,
traditional platforms supported as usual.
Casino Royale Up Next From EA
15th December 2005
MI6 can reveal that the next James Bond game in development from
Electronic Arts is a third-person version of "Casino
Royale" starring Daniel
Craig as 007.
The game is planned to coincide with the release of the film in theatres on
November 17th 2006.
"Casino Royale" was originally aimed at the recently
released Xbox 360 and forthcoming PlayStation 3 platforms.
Update: Sources suggest plans for next-gen
console releases have been cancelled. Versions for current
generation consoles (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube) will
be developed as normal, as with "Everything
or Nothing" and "From
Russia With Love".
Pre-production work on the game started a few months ago,
with concept artwork and some 3D models already complete,
even before the latest game From
Russia With Love hit the shelves.
Above: Daniel Craig is the sixth official James Bond, taking
over from four-times 007 Pierce Brosnan.
The game is in the third-person perspective, and is planned to
follow the plot of the movie, which will feature an original first
third and then follow Ian Fleming's story for the remainder of
Next-Gen Production Cancelled?
Although the project is about 15% into development, rumours are
circulating that production of the next generation platforms have
been cancelled (development of current-gen consoles is moving
ahead as planned). This is more than likely due to the tough timescale's
in completing the game, combined with technical development complications
with the new consoles.
Above: Microsoft Xbox
360 and Sony PlayStation 3
EA hold an exclusive videogame license with MGM to create James
Bond titles up until 2010. The deal covers all of Ian Fleming's
Bond books, the twenty films already released, and any future
007 films - including "Casino Royale".
Best Laid Plans
Bond gamers may recall the "Bond 6" saga, which MI6
exclusively revealed back in January 2005 when the plug was
pulled on an original game featuring a young Pierce Brosnan as
007 (cinematics were developed for eventual use with versions
on next-gen consoles). When news broke that Brosnan was not to
return to the cinematic role, production work on the game came
to an abrupt halt and a swift decision was made to develop "From
Russia With Love" with Sir
Sean Connery instead.
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