E3 '07: Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy First Look

We almost forgot to sneak in for a look at this action adventure game for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

It was only a matter of time before we saw a game based on the Bourne franchise. In fact, it's a wonder we haven't seen one sooner. Fortunately, developer High Moon won't be resting on the laurels of the famous novels. Instead, it is bringing a unique combination of firearms and hand-to-hand combat to Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy. We had a chance to talk with the creative minds behind this Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game.

We first saw a one-minute trailer meant to introduce us to the over-the-top action featured in The Bourne Conspiracy. It starts off mysteriously, with an apparently dead Jason Bourne floating in the ocean. Soon, however, the trailer cut to a series of fast-paced action sequences with plenty of explosions. We noted at the time that the trailer featured a mix of shooting and melee combat, which it also seemed to show them in equal parts.

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Well, there's a reason for that: High Moon considers both kinds of action to be equal pillars of gameplay that are not only satisfying on their own but also work together in tandem. If you prefer hand-to-hand combat, a two-button attack scheme will let you kick, punch, and block enemies. As Bourne, you will be able to think just like the famous character when entering an area. Just as he would survey the room to determine what he could use to take down an enemy, so too will you be able to grab an item and whack your enemy with it or smash your enemy into a television screen.

But what about guns? They are covered as well, but Bourne is not a walking arsenal, so you won't have a virtual backpack full of weapons. When you bring the two pillars together, you get a package deal that lets you smoothly transition from one attack to another. Furthermore, you have an adrenaline meter that gets filled by bashing and shooting your foes. Once it's full, you can perform a sleek takedown move. All of these options will combine seamlessly, keeping the pace moving. High Moon states that it wishes to remain faithful to the quick tempo of the films, so you should expect to keep pushing forward in a mostly linear fashion.

If you're a fan of the movies, you'll be glad to know that High Moon is working closely with fight choreographer Damon Caro, who has worked with Matt Damon in the Bourne films. Their goal is to create a cinematic experience using the kind of clever moves you would expect from Jason Bourne, the "30-million dollar weapon." To help things along, every move will have a custom-tuned camera. The developers feel strongly that the camera shouldn't be annoying or distracting to the player, but they also wanted to simulate the pace that the film's quick cuts establish. Screenwriter Tony Gilroy is also working with the team on the story, and we are hopeful it will hold true to Robert Ludlum's vision.

If you're an amnesiac, don't forget: The Bourne Conspiracy is due to hit store shelves in mid-2008. We'll bring you more on this single-player action game when it becomes available.

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confucioussayyo
confucioussayyo

If this is anything like the movie, it will be the best spy/assassin game ever. Jason Bourne could own Snake, Sam Fisher, and Jack Bauer... with a paperclip. He's that badass.

beergreat
beergreat

gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!! assassins creed is gonna be so much better!!!!!

PBRulez
PBRulez

Just saw the Bourne Ultimatum. All I have to say is, if I had the money, I'd buy a 360 just to get a chance to play this game (amongst others, sure, but this one looks like it could be a real gem)

SDanger4L
SDanger4L

This game look crazy i cant wait to fight like jason bourne thats the best part.

adrianhorizon
adrianhorizon

This game looks like it's going to be pretty good!

silent_riku
silent_riku

Hmm... the part where they said that there will be seemless transition from one action to another caught my attention... but seeing as this is a game based on a Movie and a Novel... well... I feel very 'iffy' about this. cuz movie games 'HAVE' been known to be 'CRAP' and lackluster as icytower38 said. I'm a fan of the Bourne Novels so... I hope they do this right... cuz I'm still hoping that someone will get the 'Movie-game' thing correctly especially since I suddenly remembered how great the 'Enter the Matrix' game was... best of luck to you High Moon... You're gonna need it.

icytower
icytower

Passing, beyond the fire looking decent movie games usually are lackluster.

newown
newown

This game looks great .... I can't wait to play it ;)

msudude211
msudude211

The fire in the screenshot looks nice.

Taegre
Taegre

"I'd like them to write a store that lets us play out the events that took place before the Bourne Identity that ended with his ocean bath. I think his creation and testing and then his eventual attempt at assassination would really flesh out the mythology of Jason Bourne." But then Jason Borne wouldn't be an interesting main character. What makes him such a great character is that he's a killer who, through amnesia, has regained his emotion and heart. Before that, he was a government machine.

j2theboogy
j2theboogy

I'd like them to write a store that lets us play out the events that took place before the Bourne Identity that ended with his ocean bath. I think his creation and testing and then his eventual attempt at assassination would really flesh out the mythology of Jason Bourne.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I hope this game stands up to the books/movies. But the majority of the time they don't

EPaul
EPaul

this could be the best movie based game since Chronicles of roddick

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

AWESOME! Already a big fan of the movies, can't wait for this one! Stoked!

Pete5506
Pete5506

this should be a good fun filled game

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

oh nice! i love the movie, they better make a good game!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I would buy this game less for the gameplay and more for the conspiracy filled storyline.

JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

Most games based on movies either aren't that good, or they are good, but have nothing to do with the movie. Hopefully this can be good without losing its meaning