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BioWare's cancelled spy RPG 'Agent' revealed

BioWare had a Bond-y, Bourne-ish espionage RPG in the works several years ago but it ended up scrapped, Trent Oster has revealed. Codenamed 'Agent,' it was the BioWare co-founder's last project before he left in 2009, and hoped to showcase the full spread of a secret agent's talents.

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BioWare had a Bond-y, Bourne-ish espionage RPG in the works several years ago but it ended up scrapped, Trent Oster has revealed. Codenamed 'Agent,' it was the BioWare co-founder's last project before he left in 2009, and hoped to showcase the full spread of a secret agent's talents.

"The concept was to do the other half of GoldenEye," Oster told Eurogamer. "The idea being that James Bond isn't just a gun that walks around the world and shoots people. He's a suave manipulator, he's a talented martial artist, he's a secret agent. We wanted to cross that 007 with Jason Bourne, where he's been modified in some way; you're not sure what, but he's definitely deadly."

Oster explained that BioWare wanted to "push the acting side," with "very high drama, very intense scenes" like the Bourne movies' punch-ups. Ultimately, Oster said, the project "failed to survive the recession" and ended up cancelled.

However, he said, "Fundamentally EA didn't believe in the concept, and if the company's not behind it, it doesn't matter how hard you struggle you just can't make it happen."

BioWare's fellow veteran RPG studio Obsidian also had an espionage RPG in the works at the time, Alpha Protocol. That came out quite charming and ambitious, though a bit wonky, so it would've been nice to see an alternate take on the genre from BioWare.

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    December 7, 2012 6:05 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, BioWare's cancelled spy RPG 'Agent' revealed.

    BioWare had a Bond-y, Bourne-ish espionage RPG in the works several years ago but it ended up scrapped, Trent Oster has revealed. Codenamed 'Agent,' it was the BioWare co-founder's last project before he left in 2009, and hoped to showcase the full spread of a secret agent's talents.

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      December 7, 2012 6:14 AM

      Guess EA couldn't figure out how to make it a Gears of War clone like they did with Mass Effect 3. That game sounds so cool.

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      December 7, 2012 6:16 AM

      A more polished Alpha Protocol would have been awesome

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      December 7, 2012 6:38 AM

      EA is insane.

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      December 7, 2012 6:38 AM

      Now I understand why they didn't buy Alpha Protocol. I said it when Sega fucked up and shitted all over Obsidian that EA should have bought the property and given it to Bioware. In fact, I STILL think they should do it, put the time and resources behind it and release another Alpha. Everything you need is there for an awesome hit. Besides it would fit very nice in their portfolio. Mass Effect for Sci-fi, Dragon Age for medieval and Alpha for contemporary rpg.

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        December 7, 2012 7:32 AM

        EA would just find a way to fuck it up >:(

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      December 7, 2012 6:45 AM

      Man, having just finished alpha protocol this sounds awesome. a shame.

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      December 7, 2012 6:49 AM

      This just makes me want Alpha Protocol 2 even more. :(

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      December 7, 2012 6:55 AM

      Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

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        December 7, 2012 7:08 AM

        I seriously want to bite my monitor. Why can't we have RPG's that aren't Star Wars or the fucking Hobbit????????????? GYOOOOOOOOOOODDAMMIT! >:(

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          December 7, 2012 7:23 AM

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            December 7, 2012 7:27 AM

            The current one is an RPG like Mass Effect is a pure FPS. It's kinda sorta, but not really. Don't get me wrong, I loved the game and it's a good start, but one game a decade does not make a genre.

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              December 7, 2012 10:59 AM

              DXHR is more fps than Deus Ex's rpg.

              What are you talking about?

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                December 7, 2012 11:08 AM

                That's highly debatable.

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                  December 7, 2012 6:40 PM

                  Not debatable at all.

                  Deus Ex - 1st-person RPG
                  DXHR - FPS with rpg things in it

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          December 7, 2012 7:30 AM

          Oh Jesus ... I went to Google image search to find an image of someone biting their monitor, and it was Monitor Lizard bite pics :(

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          December 7, 2012 7:34 AM

          All games must be about the technological legacy of a long-extinct master race. All of them.

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          December 7, 2012 7:36 AM

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          December 7, 2012 7:38 AM

          Alpha Protocol is pretty good

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            December 7, 2012 7:39 AM

            In fact that might be the last single player game I've played to completion, which is a huge compliment to the game since I generally end up quitting before the end.

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              December 7, 2012 8:12 AM

              I saw it through but the final level bosses kinda sucked.

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                December 8, 2012 12:37 AM

                combat sucked in that game and the protagonist was a fucking dork but there were plenty of redeeming elements.

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            December 7, 2012 7:40 AM

            It's one of my favorite games of all time. I've played through it about 5 or so times and had a different experience each time.

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              December 7, 2012 7:42 AM

              R -> D, it is truly a great game.

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              December 7, 2012 7:45 AM

              Is a recruit playthrough worth playing the game again? Like I said, I rarely finish games and I also have a huge gaming backlog right now but if it's really, really worth doing than I might have to give it a go.

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                December 7, 2012 7:54 AM

                Yeah it opens up tons of new dialogue options. I think a recruit play through is the only way to get some of the cooler results too like talking the guy in Madrid into quitting instead of killing him, and saving and sleeping with all the laaaaaaaadies with no casualties.

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                December 7, 2012 8:06 AM

                I did recruit on my one and only playthrough, it was pretty cool. You could play the fool without too much consequence.

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              December 7, 2012 8:10 AM

              Have you played Walking Dead?

              I haven't, but apparently it's pretty similar in terms of branching narrative structure.

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                December 7, 2012 8:13 AM

                I've played the first 2 episodes on the 360, and then I picked up the PC version in the last Steam sale so I was going to finish them there. I just haven't had the time, and when I do I'm totally absorbed in BL2.

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              December 7, 2012 8:13 AM

              I kinda ruined it for myself by starting to play it like a game at the end instead of trying to just let the story flow. That and my dude was too spread out stat wise to make the end much fun.

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                December 7, 2012 8:17 AM

                It has lots of weird issues like that. You have to specialize to make your character any good in the combat. Some skills are incredibly overpowered and some are nearly useless. But it's the best choose your own adventure book ever.

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                  December 7, 2012 1:17 PM

                  Yeah, maxed pistols and stealth FTW.

                  Chain shot bitches.

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                    December 7, 2012 1:17 PM

                    my friend maxed assault rifles though and had no issue beating it.

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            December 7, 2012 7:43 AM

            One of the best RPGs I've ever played

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              December 7, 2012 8:08 AM

              lowest standards on the shack

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                December 7, 2012 8:15 AM

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                  December 7, 2012 12:12 PM

                  Dognose has impeccable taste in movies.

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                December 7, 2012 12:06 PM

                Agreed. These comments are embarrassing.

                Alpha Protocol was OK and no more. Snapping necks was fun, but not much else.

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                  December 7, 2012 9:32 PM

                  pack it up, st4rdog and R@zzle have voiced their opinions, we can all go home now.

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          December 7, 2012 8:14 AM

          I loved the Fallout games. Even the new stuff.

          Also Jade Empire was entertaining.

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            December 7, 2012 11:44 PM

            Jade Empire was fucking awesome.

            Though I'd shudder at what an EA/Bioware would do with that franchise, now. I see some odd, horrible combination of Shaq Fu and Gears of War.

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      December 7, 2012 6:59 AM

      i am still holding out for my dream RPG some day: Warhammer 40k Inquisition: The RPG.

      i dont know if I would want Bioware to make it now though. Maybe bioware of the 90's but not so much the modern one.

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        December 7, 2012 7:00 AM

        with a script written by Dan Abnett, and a cameo by Ravenor/Eisenhorn.

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          December 7, 2012 7:12 AM

          Eisenhorn is FINKLE!

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          December 7, 2012 9:53 AM

          I don't know if, that, will work out, unless someone else, writes the dialogue because, Abnett comma attacks, might make voice actors, quit their job,

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      December 7, 2012 8:11 AM

      who would have thought a game cancelled in 2009 would become news four years later

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      December 7, 2012 11:06 AM

      THIS is the bioware that died. New IP after new IP before they were bought and this likely is what they were going to get into, while probably taking their sweet time with the mass effect trilogy, which would have been fine. History, unfortunately, didn't turn out that way.

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      December 7, 2012 11:58 PM

      Bioware, good example of brand tarnish. Thanks EA, thanks a lot.

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