Activision: James Bond Fans Split Over First-Person Vs. Third-Person

First-person view from either the 360 or PS3 version

First-person James Bond? Third-person James Bond? Which would you prefer for a James Bond video game?

James Bond fans were polled by Activision in advance of the development of the publisher’s first game in the franchise, this fall's multi-platform "Quantum of Solace." And the survey showed that they were divided about what kind of game they wanted.

During a demo of the game this morning, Josh Olin, community manager for the game's lead development studio, Treyarch, said a market research survey produced two distinct requests.* Some fans wanted first-person; some wanted a third-person game. The split, Olin said, was 60-40 in favor of first-person.

Third-person view from either the 360 or PS3 version

The "Quantum of Solace" game, which covers the action of 2006's "Casino Royale" and its upcoming cinematic sequel, "Quantum of Solace," is played primarily as a first-person shooter. But when Bond takes cover or engages in a fancy hand-to-hand take-down, the game shifts to third-person.

Will the first-person/third-person split prove to present the best of both styles? Or will it prove that only one perspective per game -- "GoldenEye," "Everything Or Nothing" -- best serves Bond?

Activision, it seems, believes serving both groups of fans is the best approach. Shaken and stirred, as it were.

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