Casino Royale (lost build of cancelled movie tie-in video game; 2006)
Casino Royale was a planned tie-in video game to the James Bond film of the same name. The game was planned to be on the PlayStation 3 (where it would serve as a launch title in Europe), Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii. The game also would have been developed by EA and was set to release on November 17th, 2006, the same day as the film would release in theaters in the United Kingdom.
On January 30th, 2006, EA confirmed that a Casino Royale video game was in development. The James Bond fan website, MI6-Hq.com had confirmed that 3D models and concept art was already done and that the game had begun development before the James Bond video game, From Russia With Love hit store shelves in 2005. The development of Casino Royale was very short lived as on May 3rd, 2006, an article from Variety had shown that MGM and EA has ended their contract to make James Bond games due in part to the poor sales of From Russia With Love. Also on May 3rd, 2006, MGM and Activision had struck a deal that would allow Activision to make future James Bond games through 2014. The shift in the contract would not kick-in until September of 2007. This prompted Activision to not pick up the Casino Royale tie-in game. Casino Royale was rumored to have been around 15% complete before its cancellation. Casino Royale would eventually see partial video game adaptation in 2008 as part of the Quantum of Solace video game.
Casino Royale would have players play as James Bond from a third person position as they would navigate the events of the movie. Voice overs would have been provided by the actors who played their respective roles in the film. The concept art that has surfaced shows the film's final act in which James Bond attempted to save his love Vesper Lynd from drowning while a building collapses in Venice.
- MI6-Hq article on the game with concept art. Retrieved 11 Feb '18
- EA confirms Casino Royale. Retrieved 11 Feb '18
- Variety article on EA and MGM contract termination. Retrieved 11 Feb '18
- Activision gets a license to make James Bond games. Retrieved 11 Feb '18