Way back in the olden days of 2009, BioWare co-founder Trent Oster started work on a new, PS3-exclusive spy game called Agent
, which "failed to survive the recession," Oster told Eurogamer
was a mix of Jason Bourne and 007, Oster said, though we detected a hint of Deus Ex in his description as well:
"The concept was to do the other half of GoldenEye
," Oster said. "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.
"We really wanted to push the acting side, the digital acting. We really wanted to be very high drama, very intense scenes. I always think of the scene in the second Bourne movie where Jason Bourne's choking the guy out with a book and he's right in his face and it's this very intense moment. That was one of the key things we wanted to carry off."
didn't have anything to do with the PS3-exclusive game that Rockstar announced in 2009, also dubbed Agent
. EA "didn't believe in the concept" for BioWare's game and Agent
was sent off on a mission from which it'd never return: counting all the grains of sand on a windy beach
. Or just the recycle bin.