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The Agency: ION Look at The Agency

StraddenStradden Managing EditorHalifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh recently attended an Open House for Sony Online Entertainment's Seattle offices where they are busily building the spy-based MMORPG, The Agency. Today, Koh brings us up-to-date on the game, its rating and more.

SoE took advantage of the 2008 ION Games Conference this year and had a media open house for The Agency at their Seattle offices.  The Open House started at 7:00pm and the last panel ended at 6:00pm, so a few of us hoped that there would be food.  There was.  Food, drink and a couple of booth babes, representing the U.N.I.T.E. and ParaGon agents.  I looked around for burly Duncan but was doomed to disappointment.  The presentation though, was no disappointment despite their showing the same trailer from CES 08. 



Media and friends were treated to a display of the concept art of The Agency, a small tour of the studio, many artists and devs to speak to, many whom sported a temporary ParaGon tattoo for the night and of course, the presentation by Lead Designer, Hal Milton.

Read it all here.

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

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  • ssnautilusssnautilus LondonPosts: 373Member

    Anyone have an idea when this is planning for launch?

     

    Thanks.

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,187Member Uncommon

    Since it is going to be a cash store MMO, you can chalk this up as another mediocre SOE offering.

    Smedley has lost any sense of the MMO market he once had, time for him to be the big boot.

  • m240gulfm240gulf San Diego, CAPosts: 460Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by ssnautilus


    Anyone have an idea when this is planning for launch?
     
    Thanks.
    Doesn't matter, nobody is going to play it.

     

    I actually wonder if there are people that will play it?  I won't but if there are people still playing DnL and SWG, then I'm sure someone will play this one too.  Taking $OE out of the picture, I don't see this going well because its a store game, where you buy things for real money, yet is still free to play otherwise.

    However, that formula kind of works for Guild Wars, but I think $OE is taking it to a different level.  I've this kind of system is popular with Korean MMO fans, but I've also read that the western markets can't stand this kind of system.

    I suppose we will have to see how this plays out.

     

     

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  • markoraosmarkoraos Station alphaPosts: 1,593Member

     

    Originally posted by Ozmodan


    Since it is going to be a cash store MMO, you can chalk this up as another mediocre SOE offering.
    Smedley has lost any sense of the MMO market he once had, time for him to be the big boot.

     

     

    Word.

  • therain93therain93 Winthrop, MAPosts: 2,039Member

    Originally posted by m240gulf


     
    Originally posted by ssnautilus


    Anyone have an idea when this is planning for launch?
     
    Thanks.
    Doesn't matter, nobody is going to play it.

     

     

    I actually wonder if there are people that will play it?  I won't but if there are people still playing DnL and SWG, then I'm sure someone will play this one too.  Taking $OE out of the picture, I don't see this going well because its a store game, where you buy things for real money, yet is still free to play otherwise.

    However, that formula kind of works for Guild Wars, but I think $OE is taking it to a different level.  I've this kind of system is popular with Korean MMO fans, but I've also read that the western markets can't stand this kind of system.

    I suppose we will have to see how this plays out.

     

     

    I'm sure people will play it upon first release -- it's going to be free after all.  Depending on how much the mincrotransactions proliferate can dictate lasting power though.  Perhaps SOE will regularly open up new servers to bring new blood in (and then charge a hefty transfer fee to those who don't want to start again.)

  • TegerTeger San Carlos, CAPosts: 5Member

    Finally some new news on this!  I thought this game had been given up, with the lack of anything from SOE.  Still, I cant wait for it to come out, as this was the reason I signed up on MMORPG.com

  • InteritusInteritus Vancouver, BCPosts: 136Member

    It isn't a store game. They offer a service where people can buy loot from other players for real money. People are going to do this anyway, they offer a safe way to do it. All the loot can be found in game, you don't have to buy anything.

  • JestorRodoJestorRodo Albany, NYPosts: 2,834Member

      The Agency is certainly getting alot of attention. If only this amount of attention was spend on other SOE MMO titles they would not have to put all of their eggs (talent and time)  into this title and "Free Realms"

     Its saddens the current and the Cancelled SOE customers that the same energy is spent on the older titles. 

    I can hardly wait to see if these new PS3/PC MMOs from SOE will be all that and a bag of chips.

    Based on Customer service history , I am betting not..

     

     

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  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,455Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by m240gulf


     
    Originally posted by ssnautilus


    Anyone have an idea when this is planning for launch?
     
    Thanks.
    Doesn't matter, nobody is going to play it.

     

     

    I actually wonder if there are people that will play it?  I won't but if there are people still playing DnL and SWG, then I'm sure someone will play this one too.  Taking $OE out of the picture, I don't see this going well because its a store game, where you buy things for real money, yet is still free to play otherwise.

    However, that formula kind of works for Guild Wars, but I think $OE is taking it to a different level.  I've this kind of system is popular with Korean MMO fans, but I've also read that the western markets can't stand this kind of system.

    I suppose we will have to see how this plays out.

     

     

    Of course people are going to play it. Not everyone is adverse to cash stores or the Sony system of buying from other players.

    And since we all know people use real money to purchase currency and powerleveling on line, and since we know it's big business, it stands to reason that this will not phase many.

    Also, given that it is not sci-fi or fantasy, it offers another type of game to the genre.

  • therain93therain93 Winthrop, MAPosts: 2,039Member

    Originally posted by JestorRodo


      The Agency is certainly getting alot of attention. If only this amount of attention was spend on other SOE MMO titles they would not have to put all of their eggs (talent and time)  into this title and "Free Realms"
     Its saddens the current and the Cancelled SOE customers that the same energy is spent on the older titles. 
    I can hardly wait to see if these new PS3/PC MMOs from SOE will be all that and a bag of chips.
    Based on Customer service history , I am betting not..
     
     
    It's really a shame that Apple isn't spending as much time working on the previous generations of their ipods too -- it saddens their current and previous customers.... 

    We get it, you're the clown all swg vets adore and you despise SOE.  Do you have something better to contribute?

  • luckdragonluckdragon Mesa, AZPosts: 33Member

    Actually, Smedley has stated that it hasn't yet been determined whether "The Agency" will be subscription based or FTP. A lot will depend on the success of their upcoming FTP game, "Free Realms", targeted at the tweenybopper set.

    As to whether the Western market will go for a FTP game, he cites the success of Runequest and their 11 million active players.

     

    See www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24735969/

     

  • RedwoodSapRedwoodSap Fenwick Island, DEPosts: 1,235Member

    SOE's reputation for pulling the rug out from customers and fundamentally changing their games aside, this will be a RMT revenue game and I refuse to play any form of approved RMT including developer sponsored RMT. Why play a MMOG where people are allowed and encouraged to buy their way?

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  • JestorRodoJestorRodo Albany, NYPosts: 2,834Member

    Originally posted by therain93


     
    Originally posted by JestorRodo


      The Agency is certainly getting alot of attention. If only this amount of attention was spend on other SOE MMO titles they would not have to put all of their eggs (talent and time)  into this title and "Free Realms"
     Its saddens the current and the Cancelled SOE customers that the same energy is spent on the older titles. 
    I can hardly wait to see if these new PS3/PC MMOs from SOE will be all that and a bag of chips.
    Based on Customer service history , I am betting not..
     
     
    It's really a shame that Apple isn't spending as much time working on the previous generations of their ipods too -- it saddens their current and previous customers.... 

     

    We get it, you're the clown all swg vets adore and you despise SOE.  Do you have something better to contribute?

      Why yes I do and thanks for asking  but a biased history here has proved that this is not a place where i can express myself as freely as I would like to.

    I have a great idea , Why don't you visit me at the Rodo Report

    http://groups.myspace.com/Rodoreport

    There we can talk  more freely - I am looking forward to it

     

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  • NeopsychNeopsych ChesterPosts: 325Member

    I am definatly going to try this. i thought SOE did a fantastic job ( and still are) with Everquest 2 and i want to support new innovations and environments in MMO gaming.

     

    Looking forward to this

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  • WickershamWickersham Mississauga, ONPosts: 2,379Member

    http://images.mmorpg.com/features/1953/images/1953_1_t.jpg

    ...And so we meet the 1st recipient of the SOE G.I.R.L (Gamers in Real Life) Scholarship program?  Way to go SOE!  Great job bridging that gender gap! 

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  • ShohadakuShohadaku Roc City, NYPosts: 581Member

    If this game wasn't SOE I might look at it. I will never touch a SOE product no matter what it is. I don't care how good any game they make in the future is.  

    Too many lies, scams, and bad buisness practices from this company.

    SOE=bad buisness that will not hesitate to rip people off or lie to them if they see a potential $$.

    No offense to anyone on a SOE game that is lucky enough to not experience this.

  • MantelarMantelar OstravaPosts: 5Member
    Originally posted by m240gulf


     
    Originally posted by ssnautilus


    Anyone have an idea when this is planning for launch?
     
    Thanks.
    Doesn't matter, nobody is going to play it.

     

     

    I actually wonder if there are people that will play it?  I won't but if there are people still playing DnL and SWG, then I'm sure someone will play this one too.  Taking $OE out of the picture, I don't see this going well because its a store game, where you buy things for real money, yet is still free to play otherwise.

    However, that formula kind of works for Guild Wars, but I think $OE is taking it to a different level.  I've this kind of system is popular with Korean MMO fans, but I've also read that the western markets can't stand this kind of system.

    I suppose we will have to see how this plays out.

     

     



    I certainly will play it. If the content and style will not change substantially, of course.

  • KhrymsonKhrymson Eorzea, MOPosts: 3,090Member

    I'm assuming this is for PoS3 only?  Havn't cared to look, anyway I would try any MMO regardless if it was cash shop attached or not!  However I won't spend what little money I have for gaming on a PoS3 just for this....heh  I've played and enjoyed many of Asian F2P MMOs with cash shops too.

    Would be nice if SoE would stop being so dumb about all their MMOs and stop ruining them!  Kinda odd that they keep doing this and makes me wonder how many players keep supporting these ideas for SOE to keep doing what they do.

  • uncusuncus Fonda, NYPosts: 528Member

    Guess I missed the part about it being a cash shop game before :(

    I'll try it anyway just because it has a different setting.

    What I'd REALLY love to see is an MMO that transcends genre by allowing the character to jump from setting to setting [World 1 is fantasy, World 2 is "modern", World 3 is Modern + Magic, World 5 is a space opera, etc]  A GURPS or generic d20 skill set could form the backbone of the system with particular rules for each world [magic works here, but not there, etc]

  • MequelliosMequellios Zimmerman, MNPosts: 82Member

    If I can play for free, get all the items for free and sell them to other players for real cash (and most likely a little royalty to SOE) count me in. Somehow I envision more sellers than buyers in this game for some reason.

  • TerranahTerranah Stockton, CAPosts: 3,605Member

    You have to join a lobby for pvp.  Good God man, that is lame.  LOL.

  • NeoVenomNeoVenom Bogota, NJPosts: 22Member
    Originally posted by Khrymson


    I'm assuming this is for PoS3 only?  Havn't cared to look, anyway I would try any MMO regardless if it was cash shop attached or not!  However I won't spend what little money I have for gaming on a PoS3 just for this....heh  I've played and enjoyed many of Asian F2P MMOs with cash shops too.
    Would be nice if SoE would stop being so dumb about all their MMOs and stop ruining them!  Kinda odd that they keep doing this and makes me wonder how many players keep supporting these ideas for SOE to keep doing what they do.



    It's going to be available for PC as well.  The more I read about this game, the more I wanna play it (a bit effy with the RMT though but maybe they'll change their mind...LOL).  Heh  The whole operative description sounds really interesting imo.

  • apocalanceapocalance Jacksonville, FLPosts: 1,073Member

    With SOE driving, I'm betting this game will be unremarkable. I'm not a SOE hater, I just don't have any faith that they can pull something like this off.

    so...

  • DremacDremac Los Angeles, CAPosts: 187Member

    I love the James Bond style. Keeping an eye on this one for sure.

  • ObiyerObiyer Louisville, KYPosts: 511Member


    No matter how high or skilled you are, a headshot is still a headshot. Bang. Dead.

    This is sounding interesting for me, there are some good cash shop games. I'm looking forward to the Agency and hopefully it will be like Planetside or CS. It sounds interesting, hope there is a CB test coming soon. I want to sign up!

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