The Agency undercover until late 2011 - Report

Sony’s spy-themed PlayStation 3/PC massively multiplayer game won't arrive until latter half of next year, says SOE CEO John Smedley.

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Sony's spy-versus-spy massively multiplayer PlayStation 3 and PC title The Agency was first unveiled at D.I.C.E. 2007 under the working title "Vista." Months later, it was officially uncloaked as The Agency, a persistent online shooter in which players can step into the world of international espionage.

At the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, The Agency associate producer James Karras told GameSpot the title is taking an "it's done when it's done approach." Now, it appears the game won't be done until the second half of next year.

The Agency is now stopping by sometime next year.

Speaking with gaming blog Kotaku, Sony Online Entertainment CEO John Smedley revealed that The Agency won't arrive until late 2011. "There was a moment in time in our company where we looked at our own stuff with a clear eye and saw we have to do better," Smedley said. He referenced SOE's DC Universe Online, which also suffered a delay, and noted how pushing that title has benefited that project. "DC Universe was held for a year-and-a-half from when we wanted to launch it, and now I'm very happy with it."

The Agency has players working for one of two main factions with the ultimate goal of controlling the world. As should be expected of a game that seeks to put players in the role of a Fleming-esque hero (or villain), The Agency will feature adventures in far-off lands, assassinations, illicit drug trade, sabotage, undercover sleuthing, and betrayal.

For more on The Agency, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview.

Discussion

52 comments
Avenger1324
Avenger1324

was wondering where this was. I guess we have a bit longer to wait :(

Knowledge151
Knowledge151

I hoping this is not gonna be another Alpha Protocol disaster! With all these delays all these issues better be covered. SOE, i'm hopeful, DON'T MESS THIS UP!!!!

Knowledge151
Knowledge151

I hope they learn from the mistakes of DCO universe. Please no pay to play!

Redric
Redric

Is the PC Beta open? I can wait for this to role out...it looks killer!

bigstingman
bigstingman

SOE is the valve of online MMO deadlines ffs.

SPBoss
SPBoss

Is this the first time a game is pc/ps3 only? Never seen that happen before, usually when its only two platforms its the consoles and the pc misses out.

ps3ownz97
ps3ownz97

next years christmas list along with saints row 3 and maybe battlefield 3 YAY

usarmyjon13f
usarmyjon13f

I hope one day console gamers can enjoy an MMO that keeps us interested and wanting to play, I want a game to make me become an addict. That being said I don't think this will be it, but I'll keep it in my tracked list to see what changes are go on and how it develops.

Marky360
Marky360

@parhar67 I seriously doubt that more then likely the PC version of both games will be real glitchy and buggy and probably a little slow. The PS3 version will more then likely be the better of the two.

twztid13
twztid13

@xTheExploited i thought the exact same thing, lol.

xTheExploited
xTheExploited

I thought this was about Rockstar's game Agent. Agent, The Agency, both are about espionage. :P

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I want to love this game, but the delays are getting kind of ridiculous :/

Kid2812
Kid2812

Well I hope this game is worth it

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

I'm slowly giving up on this game...

Rianna1234
Rianna1234

This game has so much potential, I just hope it lives up to it.

WiiNut6493
WiiNut6493

This game is slowly taking over for Duke Nukem for most delayed......We wont see this till 2018.

parhar67
parhar67

It will be way better for the PC....just like DC universe...if i can get it on my PC i will....the ps3 versions will be far far inferior.

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

I remember when this game was meant to be coming out LAST year. But on the plus side, the longer it's in development, the better it will be... theoretically.

revanknight
revanknight

wow...it feels like a year since i've heard anything new on this game.

hakjie11
hakjie11

Sony knows how to dissapoint its loyal fanbase. Keep on doing this and I might well pick up a Kinect bundle.

pabloxiaoyi
pabloxiaoyi

I'm having a blast with MAG and I will support this game as well.....even if the graphics aren't that good (It's not easy to have lots of players online and good graphics at the same time) I'm glad to have a PS3 which offers great variety of FPS (16, 24, 32, MAG 256! players) (is this game supporting MOVE...I hope yes :-)

issa3703
issa3703

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megakick
megakick

i see they haven't bothered updating the graphics from 2005, looks like perfect dark zero.

holdentorana74
holdentorana74

@Raistlin555 Yes, but we are lucky enough to have even MAG to ourselves. I love my Playstation 3! lol

spawnassasin
spawnassasin

man ive been waiting forever for news on this game

issa3703
issa3703

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Raistlin555
Raistlin555

I'm looking forward to ANY decent mmorpg on the PS3. Thats one area that Playstation 3 is completely lacking in.

KC_Hokie
KC_Hokie

That game has been in production for years and years and was supposed to come out in Dec. 2010. I bet it never comes out.

donutje
donutje

After playing FF XIII, this game looks bloody ugly. If they postpone the release even more then they will only be able to release it as a 15$ psn game... Really look at those but ugly graphics!!! And I know its a mmorpg and that they are always a bit behind schedule because they stick much more time in developing the gameplay because in games like these its always very complicated.. But Guild Wars 2 is 10x more beautiful then this one..

sleepychicken
sleepychicken

The concept is interesting but they have yet to show any gameplay that is. It's probably a good thing they're delaying it. May even be better to just re tool the whole thing for a PS4 release.

oajlu
oajlu

it looks so generic, another MAG quality game.

ashokmeena
ashokmeena

The mantra "A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever," is usually attributed to Nintendo guru Shigeru Miyamoto.

warrner11
warrner11

god knows we dont need a console mmo released b4 its truly done. Take all the time ya need.

Kill_Master_321
Kill_Master_321

I bet money that it get push back to 2012 watch lol.

MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

Game is taking a long time to come out, let's hope it doesn't pull a Gran Turismo on everyone.

TheHappyCamper
TheHappyCamper

I really couldnt care less at this point. The last hands on I saw of it looked so horrible, I felt embarrassed for the guy talking it up. Clearly it needs this extra time and then some. Still not sure it will be good even after this delay, but I suppose it cant hurt.

Kill_Master_321
Kill_Master_321

i forgot about this are really gonna bring it this time.

kerrman
kerrman

I actually forgot this game existed..

remysola
remysola

MM the last time that I can remember when a studio said "Done when it's done"... well everyone knows that story and still we're waiting for it.

akuya32
akuya32

This is one game I have been looking foward to. I hope it will be good.

paulc420
paulc420

YAWN, BORING. are we not tired with leveling up our FPS' characters yet.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Like most MMOs you are probably better off waiting until about a year after its release before jumping in.

bottomdollar
bottomdollar

Nice to hear updated news about this. Been following this one since the initial announcement. I hoping that it will be a good game after the delays and supposed cancellation of it. Now, I a little worried they will charge $15 to play a month for it. Just got to wait to see how DC Universe pans out for that I guess

MorbisDraconis
MorbisDraconis

I would probably play this, but I'm still playing MAG.