Sony cancels spy-themed MMO 'The Agency' after four years in development

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edited March 2011 in News Posts: 677
Sony Online Entertainment's innovative spy-themed MMO The Agency has been shelved in the restructuring announced today, reports the <a href=""; target="_blank">Escapist</a>.

<a href="">Sony first mentioned The Agency way back in 2007</a>. A blend of shooter and stealth gameplay, the MMO was sometimes subtitled Covert Ops and featured an almost cartoonish feel similar to Valve's Team Fortress 2. The game would let you live out your James Bond fantasies as a spy working for one of two organizations that thankfully didn't seem to have a "good" or "bad" feel. The game was set to feature minigames like poker, which could then be used to unlock missions by winning or losing too much. Unfortunately, we will never be able to play a new and possibly innovative MMO because SOE announced today that The Agency is canceled. Sony's Seattle studio where work on The Agency was headquartered, will close and unless positions can be found for its former employees in Austin, Texas, everyone who worked on the game is out of a job.

"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," the statement from SOE read today.

"All possible steps are being taken to ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern," the statement continued.

MI6 previously interviewed the <a href="">game's design team</a>, and had an <a href="">indepth preview of the game</a> back in 2008.


  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
    Posts: 13,343
    Wow, this sucks! I thought this would be a game that would one day arrive and see the light of day, just like Rockstar's six-year wait on Red Dead Redemption.

    Looked great as well. X(
  • Posts: 2,488
    if this wasnt planned for PC than ok,first time i heard of this game but i guess this game would looked good
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
    Posts: 13,343
    @dragonsky have a look at some of the articles linked at the bottom of the first page. The Agency looked set to be great.

    Maybe one day...
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Moderator
    Posts: 13,198
    Honestly, I had forgotten about this game. I'm not surprised, really. It's been off the radar for so long.
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