MI6 chatted to Jon-Paul Dumont, Lead Multiplayer
Designer on "From Russia With Love", about
going retro with James Bond...
Jon-Paul Dumont Interview (2)
27th August 2005
from part 1...
How will the targeting system work in multiplayer? Will you
be able to lock onto players or is it more manual?
It is all target lock, like I mentioned. We also have Focus Mode,
similar to the single player game, but with a few changes. In
the main game, you can zoom in on a target and place a precise
shot on them. It’s very cool and very powerful. In MP, you
have to earn the right to use it. Each player starts with a small,
empty bar on their HUD. Fill it up by doing damage to other players,
then burn the juice by using Focus. Each kill you get makes your
bar bigger. It’s a fun way to get super charged.
Above: 4 player split screen action
What is your favourite Bond film?
My favourite film has always been “From Russia
With Love.” It was pretty exciting when they picked
that film for the game, because it always felt like the
most spy-vs-spy oriented movie. It’s been great working
on multiplayer, because I can keep some distance from the
movie’s subject matter and it stays fresh.
Will any of the gadgets from the single player be useable
A lot of the single player gadgets make cameos in MP.
It’s a lot of fun to watch someone chase down another
player with the Q-Copter.
Did you consider the option of incorporating online play?
How many players will the multiplayer support and will the link
up features of the XBOX/PS2 be available?
EoN featured online multiplayer, and to be honest with you,
the numbers of people that played it online were much lower than
what we had hoped. So, for From Russia With Love, we have decided
to concentrate on four player split-screen and make it the best
multiplayer game experience we can. That’s why we put so
much time into our core mechanics and into modes like Survival
Royale, to create an experience that makes you want to invite
your buddies over, order a pizza and play FRWL for a few hours.
It’s been pretty liberating to design the game with that
one goal in mind. When you make a game that needs to work for
both off and online, you can get stuck in the middle and mess
them both up.
How many maps will feature in the multiplayer?
Can we expect classic locations from the movie or other
There will be seven maps in From Russia With Love inspired
by the movie and the game. For example, the Gypsy Camp and
the Hedge Maze maps are locations taken directly from the
movie while Istanbul Headquarters and Missile Silo are inspired
by levels from the game. We are really happy with the diversity
we have in the maps. Each one has a different personality
and play style. For example, the Hedge Maze is all about
stealth and sneaking up on people, while the Missile Silo
is all about jumping in an assault car or a jet pack and
avoiding bazooka fire. Plus, each map has at least one signature
trap that players can trigger for massive damage.
Above: Gypsy camp raid
What did you think of the last film, "Die Another Day"?
My favourite part of Die Another Day is Halle Berry’s
swimsuit, and not just the obvious reason - I loved the tribute
to Honey Ryder from Dr. No.
Above: Sylvia Trench
Will players be able to fight each other
hand-to-hand? Have any of the bonus move features from single
player progressed into multiplayer?
Hand-to-Hand is also in multiplayer and will be some
variation of the single player game. We are still working
on it to make sure it is fun, so I don’t have a lot
of details for you.
Which Bond girl should come back?
I’d love to see Sylvia Trench make another appearance,
maybe next time she can make Money Penny jealous by flirting
with Bond in front of her. It would also be great to see
Pussy Galore back in action, maybe flying with the Blue
Tell us about the different game types available in multiplayer.
Will you be able to play all modes on all maps or are certain
maps exclusive to a mode?
Our big innovation this year is the Survival Royale. We always
felt that multiplayer games are really fun, but they tend to be
short, bit-sized experiences that players just repeat over and
over. We wanted to create the feeling that you could sit down
and have a longer experience that would mean something from round
to round. It is a type of tournament that players can play over
the course of several games and compete to be the ultimate winner
at the end.
As far traditional gametypes, we concentrated on having a smaller
number of well-tuned games. There will be the classic deathmatch
mode, but with a twist. We have Mario Cart-style power-ups that
spawn in the players’ path. Some of these will give the
player extra abilities, like being invulnerable, some will mess
with the player, such as making them radioactive and doing damage
over time to themselves, and anyone around them, and others will
just blow up. We also have experimental weapons that let you mess
with other players, like the Speed Change gun. Shoot a player
with it and their speed will randomly change every few seconds.
Slow to a crawl, then go super fast. It’s really funny to
watch your friend struggle with it. Lots of laughs!
We also have a team game called Sabotage
where players race to a single bomb on the map, then try
to plant it in the opponents base. The twist is that the
bomb is radioactive, so it does damage to the bomb carrier,
making it impossible to simply grab and run to the goal.
Teams end up playing a strategic game of field position
as they try to get the bomb close enough to the base to
make a scoring run. When to drop the bomb and run for an
armor pack or pass it off to your teamate can be game changing
We have a few more game modes in store that we will reveal
Above: Sean Connery as James Bond in
the initial level set outside the Houses of Parliament, London
What other games have you worked on?
This is my first Bond game, and it’s exciting to work
with a subject that I grew up with. I came onto to the team after
finishing Lord of the Rings: The Third Age and quickly volunteered
to work on the multiplayer team.
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