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February 8, 2007 - Sony Pictures Entertainment Vice Chairman and Sony Pictures Digital president Yair Landau gave a speech at the D.I.C.E. opening keynote yesterday in Las Vegas, and took the opportunity to announce a new spy-themed MMO from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).

According to [Register or Login to view links], SOE is looking to move beyond the fantasy genre of its flagship MMO EverQuest. Landau showed an early preview video of an as-yet-unnamed espionage game set in Prague. A secret agentish dude in a tuxedo, vixen on his arm, uses a .45, drives a hot sports car, and has loads of cool gadgets. The video showed characters shooting each other in realtime and had a booming electronica soundtrack.

"We think this is going to take espionage entertainment to a new level," Landau said. "I'm a big believer in character-driven intellectual property."

SOE is aiming to combine the cinematic aspects of Hollywood with the community aspects of MMOs.

The presentation did not address which platforms this spy-themed MMO would be released for, but SOE had [Register or Login to view links] that its future plans would include cross-platform MMO titles for PC and PlayStation 3.

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