I think part of the fear I had over playing Spy Party rested on the graphics. I might have overcome the horror of attempting the delicately balanced multiplayer if the characters were welcoming and not blank-faced Doctor Who monsters from the planet Do Not Want. That is a problem that Chris Hecker has been working on for some time, and now we can finally see how the new art looks and plays. The beta just updated with a test level, showing off the new room and a few of the new character models. A video is below.
You'll see five new character and their delightfully animated faces in one of the new maps. This isn't a game mode to enjoy, yet: the space is unbalanced, the statues don't work, and the lighting and animation are unfinished, but you can still give it a go as Chris has done a little bit of work to make it playable. The limited mechanics has already generated an interesting tweak where the hidden ambassador is only possible to spot when he or she reacts if you invade his or her personal space.
Have a look, because it's almost too lovely.
I'm not sure I could put a bullet into Helen Mirren. Oh, I watched this and mentally renamed the characters from the actors I'd like to see in a movie: Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Richard Griffiths, Ron Glass, The Actor Kevin Eldon, and as the low-poly security agent I'd go for Matt Smith.