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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 Gamasutra, 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 previously mentioned that its future plans would include cross-platform MMO titles for PC and PlayStation 3.

Thanks to IGN.com for sharing the news with us!