1. James Bond 007 In… NightFire

    By Athena Stamos on 2002-05-09

    This Morning, Electronic Arts announced that the Next Bond game is in development;

    James Bond 007: NightFire,

    Will ship for GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and the PC! in time for the summer holidays.

    NightFire will feature a completely original storyline written exclusively for the game, similar to what has been done for Agent Under Fire.

    The title has been reported to borrow elements from more than 40 years of Bond's legacy, and will take players through locations and scenery such as the snowy Austrian Alps, into the underwater depths of the South Pacific and aboard space stations above the Earth's atmosphere.

    We know at the moment that the plot and characters will contain a criminal mastermind called Rafael Drake, the head of a mysterious environmental corporation seeking world domination, CBn will report to you as soon as more is known about this.

    The UK developer Eurocom Entertainment, which created the N64 The World is Not Enough game, will be behind the GameCube, Xbox and PS2 versions of NightFire, while Gearbox Software, creators of the very popular Half Life series, is dedicated to the PC version. NightFire is reported to be primarily a first-person shooter, including action and stealth objectives.

    We are told that exotic locales, beautiful women, a wide arsenal of weapons, spy gadgetry and spy craft will appear, but a third-person view is also used for specific puzzle areas and to show off 007's good looks during the in-game cut-scenes.

    The title will challenge players to determine when to go out blasting, when to use special spy craft to accomplish goals and when to play it sneaky.

    It will feature 10 exotic locations in detailed 3D environments and next-generation graphics.

    The game will also draw upon the last 40 years for a cast of villains and allies that will be both familiar and completely new to players.

    The console versions of the game will feature exclusive driving experiences created by the Need for Speed team, (The same team behind the spectacular driving missions in 007 Agent Under Fire) and will incorporate such classic cars as the Aston Martin Vanquish (As Being Featured in Die Another Day) equipped with the latest Bond gadgetry. The PC version will boast exclusive single-player levels and a more robust multiplayer option. It is unsure at this time if the PC version will contain online/ LAN multiplayer support, but this information should come soon.

    Earlier reports of the next Bond game have been referring to it as 'Phoenix Rising', but at this stage CBn is sure that 'NightFire' is the same game development but with a title change.

    NightFire has been reported to have been in development with Eurocom and Gearbox for a considerable amount of time and will be up for show first on various platforms, at the Electronics Entertainment Expo 2002 which begins in Los Angeles, California in less than two weeks. CBn will report the information of the different versions when revealed at Expo 2002.