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BK-2012005d ago

The game didn't look like it would see a release date to be honest.

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gaffyh2004d ago

Wow, the Agency looked like it was near completion. They were doing a lot of PR work for it last year, but I can see why they cancelled it.

MaxXAttaxX2004d ago

They were taking forever to finish that game.
I remember seeing the first footage released. But that was such a long time ago. I don't know what was happening.

Good thing they're "reorganizing" SOE.

Electroshocked2004d ago

Yes well at least it's not Agent that's being cancelled, and maybe this means that Blade & Soul is coming to PS3 soon, I'm actually pretty excited about it. The only reason I don't play MMORPGs is because of the graphics and blade and soul looks amazing.

malamdra2004d ago

I guess I have to remove it from The List

last we heard about this game was because most of the devs that finished working on DC Online were sent to this one, maybe they got sacked too

DaTruth2004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

This bodes well for DC Universe though! Less competition in the PS3 MMO arena! When I saw the digital copy on the store, I almost bit!

If I thought I would have the time to make the most of the $15, it wouldn't even have been a question!

Bricks2004d ago

I'm not surprised, seeing as the game looked like arse.

SkyGamer2004d ago

That is the price of having all of those first party studios. You have to pay for their upkeep. WHy do you think that Capcom is outsourcing their projects? Even Inafune stated that they might only be able to work on 2 titles in house but outsourcing, they can have five or six projects at the same time. Layoffs suck tho regardless of who.

Dee_912004d ago

weew i thought that said the agent
i was like noooooooooooooooooo

crxss2004d ago

gay. i was gonna pick it up.

Vaud-Villian2004d ago

Seemed they learned from APB's lesson.

DragonKnight2004d ago

I don't know... I smell April Fools.

Petro2004d ago

Its been april fools day in Japan for over 15 hours already. But Sony is known to drop nasty surprises in April fools day. I remember the last surprise they dropped on us in April fools day... It was removal of Other OS! I was one of those who thought it was a joke. So this time I'm assuming its not a joke, it must be a way for Sony to drop the news in friendlier way.

InTheKnow2004d ago

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Nothing global about it. It's all American men and women losing their jobs while the trillion dollar JAPANESE company wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars a week fighting an anorexic 21 year AMERICAN kid in civil court. Go back to Japan Sony, we don't need you.

nickjkl2004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

@intheknow

you know theirs a difference between the japanese yen and the american dollar

just so you know

i can see why they cancelled it it was announced in 2007 meaning they have been working on it for at least 4 years plus the time to get the original game engine and gameplay up

thats probably 5 or 6 years they have been working on this game and have not released it yet

AAACE52004d ago

That sux! I was still looking forward to the Agency! The chick on the cover got my attention because I always felt that Joanna Dark should have been designed like her.

Feel sorry for those who lost their jobs though... But things like this will continue for many companies trying to cope with a very unstable economy.

ABizzel12004d ago

If it is an April's Fool Joke, count the world fooled, because Gamefly has just removed the game from everyone's game Q.

WhittO2004d ago

meh, wasn't really interested in that game anyway, they should focus that money/effort elsewhere really.

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Dragun6192005d ago (Edited 2005d ago )

Its a shame, but considering they're reorganizing to

"Focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties."

Maybe they could bring the next Planetside or Everquest game on PC & PS3.

Mozilla892004d ago

That quote definitely did make me feel better. I'd be up for a new Planetside!

HolyOrangeCows2005d ago

That's a shame. But Agency was obviously not getting anywhere. SOE certainly does need "reorganization"

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TheTwelve2004d ago

Sad. I wonder if at least the Facebook game is still up. O.o

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Vherostar2004d ago

April Fools maybe?? Honestly I don't believe a lot of news today.. This would be sad to see them all lose there job I hope its a joke its not nice losing your job in the current climate. I mean what the hell am I supporting these devs for if they losing there jobs?

GodofwarGoty2004d ago

why would you think it is a april fools if you Read the article it even says what has happened and april Fools is tomorrow not today

strifeblade2004d ago

its not a joke.

april fools is tomorrow

if it really was april fools, your statement would also be a joke

DaTruth2004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

The gaming media has so little credibility already; they really shouldn't be playing April Fools!

IHateYouFanboys2004d ago

"april fools is tomorrow"

now while the article is dated March 31, it only went up a few hours ago. thats all well and good for those in countries where its still March 31.....but the whole world isnt in the same time zone lol.

im in australia and its been April 1 for 10.5 hours already, so this article came out on April 1 to me.

now im not saying its an april fools joke, it obviously isnt - but dont be so quick to jump up and down saying someone cant even tell the date properly, when you cant even understand the concept of different times/days in different countries all over the world.

on topic - sucks for the people that lost their jobs. i wasnt interested in the agent in the slightest, but its never good to see studios close.

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venomcarnage892004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

most likely

Montrealien2004d ago

it would be a horrible joke.

MAiKU2004d ago

those are the kind that usually succeed...

No Way2004d ago

Until they surprise everyone with a revamped 'The Agency' .. huh?

MAiKU2004d ago

Could be April Fools. Usually a joke isn't revealed until the day of, whilst being played a few days before. At least with online sites.

TurismoGTR2004d ago

it's a April Fools Joke.

KotC2004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

Bummer guess Sony is down a couple studios.

gamingdroid2004d ago

The Agent and the Agency, I always get them confused.

Which is which now?

HaHa_Ostrich2004d ago

The Agent is being made by Rockstar Games. Not much is known about the project besides the fact ist PS3 exclusive.
The Agency is espionage-themed MMO FPS by Sony Online Entertainment developed for PC/PS3.

DeadlyFire2004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

Well I heard Sony labeling something SNEA and I figured someone was getting a cut somewhere. Now I see it.

Focus being enhanced on Planetside Next and Everquest III. Not a bad choice. I'd take one of those two over the Agency anyday.

Amphion2004d ago

Sad but it's ok. Sony can close half their studios and still have three times more than Microsoft.

likedamaster2004d ago (Edited 2004d ago )

April fools. Maybe you all should finally lighten up. lmao at all the serious comments.

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wwm0nkey2005d ago

Kind of saw that coming sadly :/

Dart892005d ago

Holy s**t for a second there i thought it said agent.

Well that sux game looks good.

tdogchristy902005d ago

Yeah it always had me kind of confused. Agent and agency were so close in name. Agent is the console cold war game? And agency was an mmo....that we heard less about than we have Agent? So yeah agency is gone but we still have agent.

kaveti66162004d ago

No, there is actually gameplay of the Agency.

Agent doesn't have anything more than title art.

tdogchristy902004d ago

@Kaveti, oh it did? I learn something new every day.

wsoutlaw872004d ago

ya me too i was pretty shocked

Godmars2902005d ago

Would be nice if Sony just owned up and made it official. They're likely just going to let it hang on the vine a while longer.

krouse932005d ago

They did..

Below is SOE's statement in full:

As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its global workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate 205 positions and close its Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios. 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. All possible steps are being taken to ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern.
This strategic decision will have no impact on SOE's current portfolio of live games; additionally SOE will transition development efforts for the Denver and Tucson studios' suite of products to its San Diego headquarters. This strategic alignment of development resources better positions SOE to remain a global leader in online gaming and deliver on its promise of creating entertaining games for players of all ages, and servicing the 20 million players that visited SOE servers in just the past year.

Emilio_Estevez2005d ago

That sux, but hey, what can they do? Not making money means things need to change.