Activision announces new James Bond game 007 Legends

Has new story that will knit six films together.

Update: Eurocom's dropped Eurogamer a line about some of the historical Bond-game background in this article, which was misleading. So we've tidied it up - shame on you Bertie. Apologies for any misinformation.

Original story: A new James Bond game called 007 Legends has been announced by Activision Blizzard.

The developer is Eurocom. The platforms are PS3 and Xbox 360. And the release date is this fall, or autumn.

007 Legends will ambitiously attempt, via a new overarching storyline, to tie together six Bond movies including new film Skyfall.

There will be gadgets, a PPK pistol, exotic settings, Bond girls, villains, henchmen and stunts.

Which Bond films will Eurocom knit together?

007 Legends will reuse the Mi6 Ops Missions from GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, the last Bond game Eurocom made. In these missions, you'll be able to play as Bond cohorts or villains.

Multiplayer will include four-player split-screen and online, with new maps, characters and weapons plucked from the franchise's 50 year history.

Activision reckons this will be the "smartest and most treacherous Bond game yet", and feature some of Bond's "most famed moments" from his 50-year history.

We're dubious, but Eurocom is very familiar with the Tuxedo clad spy.

Eurocom's first Bond game was James Bond Jr. for NES and SNES in 1991. Nine years later, Eurocom made The World Is Not Enough for N64 in 2000 - not the best Bond game on N64.

In 2002, Eurocom made James Bond 007: Nightfire (PS2, GameCube, Xbox). Eurogamer reviewed the PC version of this game and gave it 3/10. But Nightfire on console faired much better, with aMetacritic average that hovers at around, or just under, 80 per cent.

In 2008, Eurocom handled the PS2 version of Quantum of Solace. Eurogamer awarded the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions 5/10. We didn't review the PS2 version.

Eurocom's game was developed independently of the other versions, hence the third-person camera - it's not first-person like the other games. And the PS2 version has the highest Metacritic average of any of the Quantum of Solace games - 73 per cent.

But that's all ancient history. In more recent years, Eurocom remastered the best Bond game of all, GoldenEye, for Wii. Eurogamer awarded this 2010 remake, GoldenEye 007, a 7/10.

Eurocom ported that remake to PS3 and 360 a year later, as GoldenEye 007: Reloaded. But Eurogamer didn't review it.

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