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Agent 9 (Prime 8) is a cancelled game that was being developed by Blue Tongue Entertainment and Backbone Entertainment as a spin-off of the Spyro the Dragon franchise. it featured Agent 9 as the main playable protagonist.

Development

Sometime in 2003 / 2004, Vivendi Universal wanted to use Agent 9 to be the protagonist of his own platform adventure game, out from the Spyro world.

Blue Tongue Version

Agent 9 (Prime 8) CANCELLED! - PS2 Target Render Concept Trailer01:32

Agent 9 (Prime 8) CANCELLED! - PS2 Target Render Concept Trailer

Vivendi asked Blue Tongue Entertainment to create the initial concept for this new project, in which Agent 9 became a James-Bond-alike spy, but after a series of focus groups with kids, they had to redesign the character to make him more “cool” to appeal more to the right audience. Agent 9 became Prime 8, with a more “hip” look and gameplay that should have been similar to the Ratchet & Clank series. Sadly, even after this redesign, something went wrong during the development and Prime 8 was never released.

Backbone Version

Another pitch was proposed to Backbone Entertainment. Backbone created a series of concept designs more true to the original character (as seen in Spyro the Dragon). In the end there were at least 2 different “Agent 9″ projects, but we can speculate that Vivendi Universal did not like any of them and these games were never finished.

Clarity Jones from Backbone Entertainment wrote:

"Prime 8, which was a game we were developing as a spin-off of Spyro The Dragon, actually eventually became Death JR for the PSP. When Prime 8 was cancelled, we still kept messing around with the engine and eventually Death Jr was conceived."[1]

Gallery

Agent 9 (Blue Tongue)

Prime 8 (Blue Tongue)

Agent 9 (Backbone)

Video

References

  1. http://www.unseen64.net/2009/06/16/agent-9-prime-8-ps2-cancelled/

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