The rumour mill has been quietly buzzing about a little title known only as Bloodstone for a few months now. Most signs point to it being Activision’s next adventure in the James Bond 007 universe, and this argument is strengthened today by some allegedly newfound details.
Apparently the game’s full title is James Bond 007: Blood Stone, and it’s set to feature lead actor Daniel Craig in the starring role, with Judi Dench returning as M and Grammy award-winning songstress Joss Stone making her debut as the latest Bond girl. We’re not sure how it ties in with that whole GoldenEye 2010 remake adventure due for release in November, but this one’s described as an “original Bond experience” – and it’s been lovingly crafted by Bruce Feirstein (screenwriter for GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough).
The stories that this will be a driving-based release are backed up with the news that it’s up to you (as Bond) to unravel an international conspiracy across exotic locations – through Athens, Bangkok, Monaco and Istanbul (not Constantinople) – all while putting the pedal to the metal in some intense behind-the-wheel action. It promises to be packed with lethal hand-to-hand combat, cover-based firefights and some impressively adrenaline-fuelled driving sequences – plus, as always, there’s a truckload of special effects, gizmos and gadgets at your disposal, which never hurts!
…and yes, there’s 16-person multiplayer to show you just what it’s like to be a 00 agent, taking part in battles that will test your strategy, teamwork and skills.
David Pokress, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing is quoted:
“James Bond 007: Blood Stone captures the cinematic intensity of a Bond film by immersing players in an intriguing conspiracy that will require them to think and act like James Bond.
In addition, the game will feature a diverse array of multi-player modes and debut strategic objective-based gameplay that will allow Xbox 360, PS3 and PC players to battle as teams of spies and mercenaries through authentic Bond locales.”
What more do you need to know? Ms. Stone is also taking on a musical role in the release, creating an original soundtrack to lure players into the third-person action adventure release. The new theme song – I’ll Take it All is written with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and will feature exclusively in Blood Stone. (This new story actually came from a now-deleted post on eThrill, a Eurythmics fan-site that’s been covering the band for more than ten years.)
According to what we read, Bizarre Creations are taking on developer duties for this one on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, while n-Space lend their talents to the DS version. No word on release dates yet, but stay tuned – and keep an eye out for official confirmation of this one from Activision. I hear there’s a large, comic-themed event happening in San Diego next weekend. Sounds to me like a decent place to announce a game… what do you think?