Electronic Arts have released a slew of new details of their new James Bond game - in which you don't actually play as 007 himself. First-person shooter GoldenEye: Rogue Agent instead sees you play as - yes - a rogue agent, dismissed from MI6 for being a rather brutal chap. Not one to miss an opportunity, Auric Goldfinger (the guy from the film) hires you as his enforcer. As such, you become involved in Goldfinger's spat with Dr No and subsequently lose an eye to the good doctor.
Now here's the, ahem, clever bit. Goldfinger's techies create a golden-hued synthetic replacement for your ocular cavity. Thus, you are now known as (wait for it) GoldenEye. Honestly, you don't know whether to groan out loud or hit the floor in a convulsive belly-laugh. However, being the professionals that we are, we continue...
The good news is that the rest is, well, good news. You can upgrade and customise your player to rise through the ranks of bad guy scum, so much so that your intent is not to save the world but to rule it. Yep, just like any other self-respecting Bond villain.
For fans of the films you'll be glad to hear that a slew of Bond characters grace the game, from the silent-but-deadly Oddjob to Scaramanga, Xenia Onatopp and flying ace Pussy Galore. Locations from the films will also feature, notably Dr No's Crab Key base and Fort Knox.
Besides the single-player campaign and deathmatch multiplay, there's also what EA call an objective-based war game (presumably multiplay with a do-this-do-that engine). Meanwhile, multiplayer modes will include a selection of split-screen options while the PS2 version is also confirmed as featuring online play.
It's been said before but we'll reiterate it here - do not expect this to be Rare's GoldenEye mark 2. It's a different game entirely and the only similarities are the source material and gameplay style. Oh, it is a bit similar then...
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is scheduled to be released this autumn on PS2, Xbox and Gamecube