MI6 reports on the status of "From Russia With Love", with some exclusive new screenshots from the forthcoming game...

FRWL July Report
30th July 2005

The Bond team at EA Redwood Shores are as busy as ever, with E3 behind them, they are now working furiously at the alpha build of "From Russia With Love" to complete and polish the levels, AI, graphics and multiplayer in time for Halloween.

"From Russia With Love" has improved considerably from what was seen at E3 this year – the vehicular sections are now playable and the game is looking more polished in general to give what is shaping up to be EA’s best Bond game yet.

The game has set out to retell the movie’s story accurately but as EA have described it, this “director's cut” incorporates two new levels to expand the story and gameplay. EA's recent “Hot Summer Night” event had a game demo on display, consisting of single-player and multi-player levels


Above: 007 works his way through a factory complex (MI6 Exclusive)
"From Russia With Love" Screenshots

The first mission, based on the opening sequence of the movie, the hedge maze presents a typical stealth mission where Bond must avoid patrolling enemies.

Above: A helicopter crashes the party on the banks of the River Thames and 007 is thrust into action at the Houses of Parliament (MI6 Exclusive)


Fortunately, much like “Everything or Nothing”, you can opt for a more action based approach and go hand-to-hand in combat.The Hedge Maze is an early mission in the game; the first mission however is one of the new original ideas.

EA have introduced a new twist – you will want to aim and shoot out the radio on the goons chest before delving into combat otherwise they will call over heavy support. Special melee attacks have also been introduced and can be executed by following the on-screen button prompts. In addition to the standard roll, duck and crouch features you can now climb over certain walls and hedges in true Bond style.

From Russia With Love has adopted some RPG-like features, with weapons which can be upgraded using a points system that are gained by performing Bond-esque tasks in the single player.

Another new addition will allow special challenges to be unlocked through the point system, perhaps requiring you to play a mission under a certain time.

Bond can now change his clothing in missions – a feature promised in “Everything or Nothing” but did not appear.

14 levels have been confirmed and they are noticeably bigger than those in Everything or Nothing – checkpoints will save your progress as you work your way through a mission.


Above: The first mission continues into the skies as 007 battles it out with jetpack-equipped goons (MI6 Exclusive)

A host of new gadgets are available – a Q-copter (similar to the Q-spider in “Everything or Nothing”), a jetpack and the traditional laser watch which can be employed to solve problems. The repel feature from “Everything or Nothing” will return but has been tweaked for more realistic movement.

Development of "From Russia With Love" will take place at EA Redwood studios (USA) and will ship in October/November 2005 on Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube. Versions for Nintendo DS and Sony PSP are yet to be officially confirmed.

Stay tuned to MI6 for the latest unrivalled coverage of "From Russia With Love" (VG) starring Sean Connery as James Bond 007.

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