2012 is a massive year for the James Bond franchise. Not only is it the 50th Anniversary (and the mega 23-disc Blu-Ray set is due out in late September with all 22 James Bond Films), but the latest film, Skyfall is hitting cinemas this November and Activision have this fantastic looking title 007 Legends due for release on consoles as well. This game, which is in development at Eurocom, looks set to take the best moments/segments from the feature films, and package them all together in one massive game.
In terms of storyline, the game is in pretty good hands with Bruce Feirstein, who wrote three films and four previous games in the Bond universe working with Rob Matthews at Eurocom on this game. The games storyline is as follows...
Of course there will be Bond girls!
Our story begins deep in murky, watery depths. You’re James Bond, and you’re drifting, unconscious. You don’t know why – only that you're struggling for your life like never before. In moments of cognizance, you recall epic moments from the last 50 years. The harrowing chases. The uber-villains. The exotic locales. The girls.
So far it has been announced that the first mission will be based on Moonraker, the second mission will be taken from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the third from License to Kill and the fourth, Die Another Day. Also confirmed is that the final mission in the game will be based on the upcoming Skyfall. Apparently the game will incorporate missions from six Bond films, leaving one to be announced - we'll put some money on Casino Royale.
As you can see from the surrounding screenshots, and the trailer below, this is a First Person Shooter, but also throws in some melee combat, stealth elements, as well as driving (and we've seen Bond on a Jeep and Snow ski so far) and on-rails shooting giving a pretty wide range of gameplay styles. In terms of the driving sections apparently you'll get a choice to drive the vehicle, or handle the weapons. Also promised, and as you would expect from a James Bond game, there are plenty of gadgets and devices available to help you complete the missions. As James Bond you will be able to hack computers, crack safes, review documents and gather intel.
Expect vehicles in the 007 Legends game.
While still under wraps for the most part we expect 007 Legends to have pretty decent multiplayer modes as well especially given the impressive efforts the company put into Goldeneye 007: Reloaded last year. What we do know is that this game will include 4-player split-screen mode or 12-player online modes (we're unsure if you can play online, and with split-screen, together at this stage). It will be possible to challenge your friends for the best times through the MI6 Ops which returns from Goldeneye 007 Reloaded.
In terms of audio visual presentation 007 Legends looks pretty solid and Eurocom, while never groundbreaking, rarely disappoint on a technical level either. In fact the developers are promising a 60fps frame rate which should keep the action pretty slick.
Classic Bond villains appear in the game.
It has been confirmed that Daniel Craig, the current James Bond actor, will voice James Bond throughout the game - we would expect this means his likeness will be used from start to finish as well. Other actors providing voiceovers for the game include Rory Kinnear as MI6's Chief of Staff Bill Tanner. Michael Lonsdale reprises his villainous role as Hugo Drax and Richard Kiel as Drax’s notorious henchman Jaws from Moonraker while Naomie Harris reprises her role from Skyfall as well. Music is being composed by David Arnold who worked on music for Die Another Day and Tomorrow Never Dies with assistance from TV composer Kevin Kiner.
007 Legends is shaping up as quite an impressive James Bond video game which is due for release in late October - just before the latest film hits the silver screen.
Below is the Licence to Kill & Die Another Day Trailer for 007 Legends which will give you some idea about what to expect from the title.