With the game about to be revealed at E3, MI6 previews
some of the features in the forthcoming adventure
"From Russia With Love" by EA Games...
FRWL May Report
11th May 2005
There have been screenshots...
There have been video
clips... But the first hands on preview of the new game
is likely to come at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles later this
Rather than showing a CGI video "artists impression"
of what the game will be like, which is what EA displayed
for "Everything or Nothing"
at the 2003 show, expect to see actual in-game action at
the trade fair between May 18th to May 20th.
Right: The E3 Expo in 2003, where
"Everything or Nothing" was previewed.
As MI6 revealed in the April
report, EA are recasting some of the classic characters from
the film. The first of those is Miss
Moneypenny, who will now be voiced by actress Karly Rothenberg,
rather than Lois Maxwell. Rothenberg, who is originally from Denver,
Colorado (USA) will also voice the Russian character of Rosa
Klebb, replacing Lotte Lenya.
Above: Lotte Lenya who played Rosa
Klebb (left), Lois Maxwell who played Miss Moneypenny (centre),
and Karly Rothenberg who will be voicing their characters
in the game (right).
The only other cast member so far confirmed for the project is
of course Sir Sean Connery, who will be officially lending his
voice and likeness to the part of James Bond - 43 years since
he first played in 007 in 1962's "Dr. No". Last month,
rumours claimed that despite both actors having passed away, both
Robert Shaw and Desmond Llewelyn would have their likeness featured
in the game, as Red Grant and Q respectively.
Above: 007 cases the scene of the film's pre-titles teaser
For the first time in a James Bond videogame, you will be
able to customise the look of 007 - and his equipment.
The scoring system in "From Russia With Love"
will affect the gameplay as the more points you score, the
more items you can purchase or unlock.
Past games have allowed players to unlock concept art,
stills, videos and trading card style rewards, but "From
Russia With Love" will go one step further with costumes
and weapons and gadget upgrades.
The look of 007 will be under your control - if you earn the
extra wardrobe items. Points can be turned into different costumes
for Bond and can be activated from an inventory during the game.
Need to sneak up on some goons or infiltrate an enemy base without
being detected? Just slip into a stealth suit for some additional
creep-em-up abilities. Do not expect the ridiculous invisible
tuxedo from "Everything or Nothing" though, all of the
wardrobe items will be a mix of 1960s kitsch and real world based
Weapons and gadgets will also benefit form the players inventory.
Players will be able to invest in upgrades on their favourite
weapons and gadgets, earning additional modes, and capacity. Traditionalists
may prefer to perfect the trusty Walther PPK, others may decide
to upgrade their rocket launch to fire heat seeking missiles.
The choices will be there for players to tailor their arsenal
- as well as their suits - to their brand of Bond gameplay.
As MI6 exclusively revealed last month, "From Russia With
Love" was being scheduled for release on October
10th 2005 by EA Australia. This date was later backed up by
the press release from Prima that the official Strategy Guide
for the game was scheduled for release a day later on October
11th 2005. Since then though, EA Australia have knocked the
game back to November 22nd 2005 - a more traditional
release date for a James Bond adventure. Developers EA Redwood
have yet to officially confirm any date for the title, just stating
"Fall 2005" as the release window.