The Agency News

Sony confirms The Agency is cancelled

Sony confirms The Agency is cancelled

205 jobs gone, three studios closed.

Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed reports that development of its planned spy MMO The Agency has been discontinued in a cost-cutting effort that sees three studios closed and 205 jobs lost.

"As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its global workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate 205 positions and close its Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios," read a statement handed to Eurogamer.

"As part of this restructuring, SOE is discontinuing production of The Agency so it can focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties, while also maintaining its current portfolio of online games.

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Sony: Expect PlanetSide Next  Q1/Q2

Plus: The Agency, Free Realms PS3 launches.

Sony Online Entertainment has offered Eurogamer updates on the launches of three new MMOs: The Agency, Free Realms on PS3 and PlanetSide Next, a working title.

The Agency: "something" playable soon

"MMO itself" will "take as long as it takes".

Sony Online Entertainment's espionage MMO, The Agency, is set to return to the public eye in some kind of playable form "within weeks", according to SOE president John Smedley in a GDC interview with GameTrailers (via VG247).

"No reboot" to The Agency as staff leave

SOE shrugs off studio head's departure.

Eurogamer has learned that several senior staff have left Sony Online Entertainment's Seattle studio - the developer currently making espionage MMO The Agency for PC and PS3 - including the studio head.

No Station Cash for SWG, Vanguard

SOE item sales stay in EverQuest 1 & 2.

Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley has told Massively that there are no plans to bring the Station Cash item sales just introduced to EverQuest and EverQuest II to SOE's other current games.

The Agency downplays subs, will have ads

Spy MMO considers revenue options.

We've known for a while that Sony Online Entertainment hasn't decided exactly how its PS3 and PC espionage MMO, The Agency, is going to make money.

The Agency to resurface next summer

Off-radar MMO to return at trade shows.

Hal Milton, lead designer of Sony Online Entertainment's in-development spy MMO The Agency, says we'll see how the game is progressing at next year's trade shows.

All future Sony MMOs console-bound

Including the next EverQuest.

After revealed that he was keen on bringing MMOs to PSP, Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley has spoken more about his company's console development strategy, and it amounts to this: every future SOE game is console-bound.

No cross-platform play for The Agency

For "philosophical" reasons.

Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming espionage MMO The Agency is not going to allow cross-platform play between the PC and the PS3, according to lead designer Hal Milton.

No microtransactions in The Agency

Developer clarifies real money trading deal.

Speaking to Eurogamer in an interview published today, developers of Sony Online Entertainment's The Agency have confirmed that the upcoming spy-themed MMO will not feature a microtransaction system for game items.

Real money trading in The Agency

Could the spy MMO end up free to play?

The Agency - the spy-themed massively multiplayer action game being developed for PS3 and PC by Sony Online Entertainment - is to feature officially supported real money trading.

Dates announced for SOE Fan Faire

Dates announced for SOE Fan Faire

Sixth Sony event heads to Vegas in August.

Sony Online Entertainment has announced the date and location for the sixth of its annual Fan Faire conventions.

Fan Faire 2008 will take place at the Las Vegas Hilton over four days, from August 14th to 17th.

Tickets go on sale later this spring, but the hotel can be booked now at a discount rate. Check the official announcement for details.

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New details of The Agency emerge

New details of The Agency emerge

"The noobs are going to get you."

Sony Online Entertainment has said it wants newcomers to stand a chance against veterans in its MMO The Agency.

Speaking exclusively to Eurogamer MMO, lead designer and writer Matt Staroscik said the game was a shooter first and foremost, so would use skill to level the playing field rather than time invested.

"Less experienced characters will be at a disadvantage, yes, but we are not like a traditional class-based MMO where your 89th-level Dark Paladruid can defeat an infinite number of noobs," Staroscik told us. "In The Agency, the noobs are going to get you - but you'll make them pay dearly."

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SOE talks cultural naivety

MMO genre has moved on.

Sony Online Entertainment business development chief David Christensen believes we're all a little bit na´ve when it comes to other cultures than our own.

SOE unveils The Agency

SOE unveils The Agency

PS3 gets first MMO.

Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed it's working on a spy-themed MMO for PlayStation 3.

It's called The Agency and will be based around franchises like James Bond and the Bourne series. It's expected to be available before the end of the year, and a full announcement is due early next week.

The Agency lets you take sides for one of two factions, then participate in player-versus-player combat and espionage. Although there's no word on exactly how character progression will work, it seems your equipment will play a pivotal role. If you have light and flexible armour you'll play a spy role, for example, rather than be a kevlar-clad action hero.

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