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David Braben's Frontier Developments was working on a Jason Bourne game for EA...
The Outsider is one of those depressing stories from the annals of game development: an intriguing game concept from a good studio that somehow got stuck in development limbo and failed to get much further than an announcement press release and CGI teaser trailer.
At least, that's what we'd thought. According to a source who's now spoken to Joystiq, the game was almost complete and could be played from start to finish. Effectively, it was due to business decisions that were outside the control of David Braben's Frontier Developments that the project was left adrift.
The original publisher, Codemasters dropped the game after realignments under a new benefactor left it focusing on key intellectual properties and avoiding riskier titles. Subsequently – and here's where it starts to get really interesting – EA picked up the project and a deal was struck to re-skin the game as a Jason Bourne title.
More specifically, The Bourne Redemption, as you can see from the leaked video reel below. According to the source, Frontier was even at a 'greenlight' stage on negotiations with EA before the publisher lost interest earlier this year (this isn't out of character for EA and its Bourne license, as it's believed to have canned a Bourne game at Starbreeze Studios too).
It's a shame because the video reel footage looks pretty intriguing, even if it is a bit rough around the edges. Having scavenged the Bourne license in 2009 from Vivendi and Activision's merger, it now appears EA has lost interest in any and all Bourne games.
Given that the possibility of a fourth Bourne film has seemingly diminished, this isn't entirely surprising from a marketing perspective. As gamers though, we've got to say that we'd like to see more Bourne titles as the fiction lends itself so well to the medium – High Moon Studios' Bourne Conspiracy actually managed to be quite a lot of fun despite the occasional bit of corner cutting.
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