If you thought the keepers of the James Bond name were just going to let the 50th anniversary of the film franchise slide on by without a big show of things, you've forgotten the golden rule of Hollywood: when the movie Gods give you lemons, you squeeze them until they're bone dry, then you remake the lemon. First MGM and Fox announced Bond 50, a new collection that will give fans the opportunity to own all 22 bond films on Blu-ray for the first time, and now MGM has revealed 007 Legends, which will give fans the opportunity to not just watch Bond do his spy thing, but live out the whole show virtually.
Of course, Bond is no stranger to the world of video games. Goldeneye for the N64 was the seminal console FPS for an entire generation of gamers, and that was hardly the secret agent's last trip to the digital realm. He's been the focus of about eight games to consoles since them, but they've all been limited to single, continuous Bond adventures. 007 Legacy seeks to change that.
The press release below gives the full details, but basically Activision will be developing a Bonds Greatest Hits video game, skipping over entire Bond films and focusing just on specific missions from his big screen history. Of course, they don't list what those missions are at this point, so we'll leave that guessing to you.
To celebrate the James Bond franchise's 50th anniversary, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc., will launch gamers back through time to relive a selection of Bond's most iconic and intense undercover missions from the popular Bond film franchise with 007™ Legends.
A first-of-its-kind Bond video game, 007 Legends features 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! As with the feature films, 007 Legends equips players with state-of-the-art spy gadgets, an arsenal of weapons, including Bond's signature Walther PPK, and sleek vehicles as they jet off to exotic locations and utilize Bond's quick wits, class and style to take down notorious villains and their brutal henchmen, perform impressive stunts, and of course...mingle with gorgeous Bond women.
"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," said David Oxford, Executive Vice President at Activision Publishing, Inc. "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 to 007 Legends' main story, the game will feature the return of fan-favorite single-player Mi6 Ops Missions, which debuted in GoldenEye 007: Reloaded and challenges players to complete extra missions ranging from all-out action to stealth and gadget-based gameplay and compete for the highest online leader board scores. For the first time ever, players will be able to participate as one of Bond's cohorts or villainous foes, reliving the missions through their eyes, as well as 007's. The robust James Bond multiplayer experience includes local four-player split-screen game modes and online competitive gameplay with new maps, weapons and characters derived from Bond's 50 year legacy. With more gadgets, deeper stealth and spy investigation gameplay, gamers will have every opportunity to truly feel like the world's favorite spy.
Planned to launch this fall, 007 Legends is being developed by Eurocom, under license from EON Productions Ltd. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. (MGM) for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.