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The Agency Canceled? SOE Says No

After receiving a tip from a reader that GameFly has removed The Agency from member Game Qs, the rumor began to spread that Sony Online Entertainment had canceled the promising MMO.

After all, the only reason GameFly gives for removing an unreleased game from the lists is due to the publisher canceling the project. Obviously, this has generated quite a stir around the Internet, but it didn't take long for Sony to confirm that The Agency is most certainly not canceled. We don't really know why GameFly did what they did, and we're guessing we'll never know (they likely won't issue an explanation of any kind, as they're not used to dealing with industry press). But the bottom line is that although the title has mysteriously disappeared from the online game renter's website, this doesn't mean SOE has halted development. So if you see other titles dropping off GameFly's database, don't panic. As far as we can tell, they have no inside information concerning the progress of unreleased games, and there could be ten million reasons why something like The Agency gets "de-listed." At this point, though, all we care about is the relevant clarification.

Of course, now we're going to be searching about for more info and details, just because it seems like a while since we've heard anything new. A new update will help to ally any lingering suspicions, too.

Related Game(s): The Agency

11/18/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:28:01 PM
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I would think the most obvious reason Gamefly would do this is if the game is available through the PSN(Store) only... I'm sure you'll keep us posted if you hear anything.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 1:31:15 PM

No it's a Bluray game for PS3 (with the possibility of a PSN release also) and a DVD game for PC.

That being said, The Agency is an MMO. Which means there is almost guaranteed to be subscription fees. No one with half a brain is going to rent the game from gamefly and then have to pay a seperate subscription fee. It's the same reason that Final Fantasy XI or any other MMO is up there. Unless someone comes out and guarantees that a console MMO will be FTP then don't expect gamefly (or any other rental agency) to stock it.

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Arvis
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 12:36:13 PM
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Ben, thanks for the reassurance. :)
The Agency is one title I have been looking forward to for a while.

-Arvis

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 1:43:11 PM
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This is the first I've paid attention to this game, it sounds interesting. I want to know more about it. The way rumours are floating around lately though, it's starting to look like the PS3 is going to be the system for MMO's. Rumour is that MAG might be one, now The Agency, Isn't HOME technically a type of MMO? What next? So is that where Sony is going? where the PS2 was the RPG machine, will the PS3 be the MMO machine? Which will bring another question, who's going to pay all the seperate subscription fees for the games that need them or will the cost be hidden in updates and expansions?

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 2:06:57 PM
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I love the premise of this game...

Love it even more since it's 3rd person(we need more 3rd person games).

Ummmmm but what keeps me away from this game is the monthly fee :(

But might try it out for a month or two, should be interesting.

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Buckeyestar
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 10:02:14 PM

There has been no confirmation of any monthly fee, it could very well make money only through micro transactions.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 6:54:39 PM

Love it even more since it's 3rd person(we need more 3rd person games).

My sentiments exactly.

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LightShow
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 4:53:35 PM
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ugh, I hate monthly fees for anything!

It really doesn't make sense to give a (full price) game an additional monthly fee, at least to me. Why would I buy a game that costs the same as any other game, but also has a montly fee tacked to it? There are tons of amazing games out there that dont become useless when I stop paying the fee...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 9:07:30 PM

I'm with you Light, can't stand to pay more than full price. They should just do what ch1n00k suggested and charge for extras so if you love the game u won't mind paying but if you're fine with how it is you can enjoy it at its one time price.

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Daedusian
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 7:09:28 PM
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They say what the monthly fee is yet? It better not be 15$ or I will flip lol.

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squeekem
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 12:16:13 PM
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For the PC it is subscription based since its being ran through the Sony Station, I'm suspecting maybe 14.99-19.99. For the PS3, no telling what they will, its way too early to tell. I will probably do the same, buy it for the PS3 and do a month by month until I know if I want to keep it or not.

Monthly fee's always come with good MMO's from back in the day with Asherons Call to Star Wars Galaxy's to World of warcraft. Games like this have tons of content and much broader scale of play than your run of the mill online shooters like SOCOM, COD4, COD5 and etc. Do I mind paying a subscription...If I enjoy the game...not at all!

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Daedusian
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 12:41:59 PM

True. If it's a great game it won't bother me. Then when I get sick of playing I'll just stop. So really no harm done. =)

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