007 Legends To Be Released With Key Mission Removed For DLC

Just when you think gaming developers can’t get any more brazen, leave it to the largest companies to find new and improved ways to surprise even the most cynical observers. Take Activision, for instance. Come October 16th, they’re set to release 007 Legends, a fairly awesome sounding Bond game based on the Daniel Craig interpretation of the character that features a host of excellent voice talent and will be written by Goldeneye scribe Bruce Feirstein. It takes the plots of 6 bond films, including Moonraker and the upcoming Skyfall, and weaves them into a (presumably) coherent plot. Oh, sorry, did I say 6? I meant 5, as the Activision has slipped a stealthy reveal into their latest 007 Legends press release that confirms the game will actually feature 5 classic films:

007 Legends features an original, overarching storyline tying together five classic Bond movie-inspired missions, plus a sixth mission based on this year’s highly-anticipated movie – SKYFALL – which will be available as post-launch downloadable content. Each movie inspired mission in 007 Legends includes multiple levels featuring re-imagined movie moments that showcase state-of-the-art spy gadgets, an arsenal of weapons, sleek vehicles and exotic locations, where players will use Bond’s quick wits and style to take down notorious villains and their brutal henchmen, offering the most diverse Bond gaming experience yet!

No big deal, except here’s the official blurb as it stood May 22:

007 Legends features an original, overarching storyline featuring six classic Bond movies to offer the most diverse Bond gaming experience yet! As with the feature films, 007 Legends equips players with state-of-the-art spy gadgets, an arsenal of weapons, including Bond’s signature Walther PPK, and sleek vehicles as they jet off to exotic locations and utilize Bond’s quick wits, class and style to take down notorious villains and their brutal henchmen, perform impressive stunts, and of course…gorgeous Bond women.

So apparently the decision was made sometime during the last 3 months to dummy out the final mission and sell it to fans as DLC. Hopefully this doesn’t mean you’ll be paying for the ending to the game; sure Activision would be that craven, right? I’m still curious to see how this game turns out, but my interest just dropped by 50%. Seriously, Activision, the Internet is forever. We know you previously planned to release all 6 levels on disc.

Anyway, also there will be some preorder bonuses for customers who do so through Amazon and Gamestop. But neither of them result in a complete game being shipped.

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6 Comments on 007 Legends To Be Released With Key Mission Removed For DLC

R.J.

On August 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

And they wonder why people think DLC is just stuff pulled from the full game and sold separately. I’m sure they’ll have some reason like “it wasn’t going to be ready in time” but it’s getting harder and harder to take certain publishers and developers seriously when it comes to DLC. Activision says they’ll give you something, then withholds it in order to charge more, but a company like CD Projekt Red thinks that DLC should be considered a free service to give more reason to buy the game. Hmm, which one sounds like it actually cares about customers?

Eddie

On August 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm

such bull, at this rate activision is gonna be on my do not buy from list right next to ea

Sreiber

On August 11, 2012 at 2:25 am

Why don’t split game into multiple missions and sell them separately? They want more and more

user

On August 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

All our customers dignity are belong to us.

Marc

On August 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

It may be free DLC. Perhaps they just didn’t have time to finish the last mission.

Well, OK. Yeah, I know. One can hope.

Russell

On August 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Well the game could be released before Skyfall, so they wouldn’t risk spoilers. Also why not make more money? You people seem to forget these guys want to make money, they are not doing for you. I am sure there is some developer that had a spark and IS doing it because he wants a 007 game. However, all Activision sees is $$$. The sooner you guys all realize EVERY game company is this way, the less disappointed you guys will be.