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Sony Online plans spy MMO

Smedley tells all at DICE Summit.

Sony Online Entertainment is fed up of men in tights and strangling itself in the fantasy genre, which is why its swapped maces for silencers, and delved into the world of espionage.

Its new game, a spy-themed MMO, looks set to feature a strong team-orientated focus, with a big emphasis on objective based PvP.

Speaking at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas this week, SOE president John Smedley confirmed the game's tuxedo-like existence, and was keen to highlight the various influences for the project.

"It's not really just an espionage game," he told our sister site GamesIndustry.biz. "It's a combination of espionage... Think 24 meets Alias meets Counter-Strike."

Unfortunately there's no word on which platforms the game is going to appear on, though we expect PC to be a fairly safe bet.

SOE has another unannounced project in the works too, and it's due for release before the end of the year, Smedley said.

No word on the name, either, although Sony Pictures boss Yair Landau let us in on a secret. "It's code-named Vista, because we pushed it back about a year," he giggled.

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