IGN brings the news today that Electronic Arts is hard at work on a video game adaptation of the 1963 James Bond film From Russia With Love and the company has licensed the original cast's likenesses and even voices including 007 himself, Sean Connery. The press release makes this sound like a landmark occasion for video gaming, but I can't help but have a few doubts about the whole project. I mean, this wouldn't be the first time that the company relied on the Bond license to sell their average wares, right?
First of all, apparently EA has run out of modern movies to turn into sub-par video games, as now they're reaching back into the vault to ruin films that existed before modern video games themselves. This makes sense from a corporate point of view, as there probably won't be a Catwoman 2 in EA's future. Nevertheless, if this project works out, I expect to see films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind dumbed down and "improved" for the next-generation consoles. Next up, take a look at this quote from the article:
EA is describing the game as a sort of "director's cut," in the sense that it will offer an expanded take on the original story.
So apparently EA can't harvest enough material from the movie to make a complete video game, so they're adding material semi-related to the original story to fill the extra space. Throw in a synergistically-timed re-release of the film on DVD to coincide with the game's release and I think we'll have covered all the bases on this one, unfortunately.
We have to stop encouraging Electronic Arts. Otherwise they'll never learn.