New Bond Is “Blood Stone”

By Jim Rossignol on July 16th, 2010 at 4:18 pm.


So, while the Bond movie languishes in limbo, Activision have confirmed that the other new Bond game is called James Bond 007: Blood Stone. It’s being developed by Bizarre Creations, and will feature fancy cover-based shooting, hand-to-hand fisticuffs, chatting to sexy ladies, automotive racing sequences, and the voices of Daniel Craig, Joss Stone, and Judi Dench. There’s a reveal video up, which I’ve posted below. No release date yet.

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  1. MrCraigL says:

    That looks like a game that I do not want to play.

    • qrter says:

      Or want to hear.. Joss Stone.. *shudder*

    • bill says:

      Looks fun to watch though…

    • Antsy says:

      “Joss Stone.. *shudder*”

      Haha, maybe its a misprint. She turns up for recording and the director says “What the hell Phil? Thats not the bad guy from Lethal Weapon 2!”

    • Jimbo says:

      Joss Stone is dreamy and you should all be ashamed of yourselves. Good day to you, sirs!

    • Paul B says:

      Agree with Jimbo – Joss Stone is lovely – let that be the end of it! ;)

  2. stahlwerk says:

    Press X to VESPER

  3. Metalfish says:

    /Offtopic
    Hey, RPS, Charles “really nice bloke” Cecil is on the EG podcast. He’s brilliant.

  4. Heliosicle says:

    Looks pretty rubs if I’m honest..

  5. Photovatar says:

    It looks for a second there like the MI6 was using LCARS.

    • Agrajag says:

      YES! Dear god, I though I’d be the only “star trek enthusiast” to notice,

  6. Thirith says:

    Weird… In some scenes, Bond looks pretty Craigy, in others he looks more like Odo from Deep Space Nine

    • Jake says:

      yeah he looks like he has a very soft face, like he is made from plasticine like Morph.

    • Heliocentric says:

      Spoilers!

    • Jake says:

      Also look at his cardigan in the lead pic, that looks like such a soft cardigan. Maybe cashmere, but doesn’t seem suitable for spy work. Maybe it’s the lighting, or maybe I have cataracts, but he looks generally quite soft.

  7. Count Elmdor says:

    Blood from the Stone that is Bizarre Creations, the joke almost writes itself.

    • Heliocentric says:

      Blood from the Joss Stone?

    • Vague-rant says:

      I imagine the joke is something along the lines of one of the developers nudging the guy next to him everyday saying “Now THATS a bizarre creation!”. This will happen everyday until one of two things happen. The man saying this is fired, or, the other man decides that its time to go postal.

  8. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    I couldn’t finish the trailer…blah, thx no thx…it reminded me why I’m not interestend in the new Bonds…

    • DrGonzo says:

      Yeah. I hope the bond franchise bombs now. Casino Royale was great and no one at MGM seem to have any idea why it was great. Now they are turning it into a shit action series.

    • Sonic Goo says:

      I’m hoping that’s why the new one is taking so long. The first one was good and the second clearly a rushed cash in on that. Since they can’t keep doing that, they need to up the quality again.

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      Vandelay says:

      I love the way you have one of the best Bond films of all time followed by one that was just ok (the first half wasn’t great, but the second half steps up a bit,) and suddenly everyone claims it is the end of the franchise and wants to see it fail miserably.

      I am certain Bond will return and will continue to return for some years to come.

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      Vandelay says:

      Oh, and the the next film is taking so long because MGM has no money left. It has nothing to do with creative reasons. Bond has always been released about every two years (in fact, the first four were released yearly, according to Wikipedia.)

  9. linfosoma says:

    I have lost all faith in Bizarre Creations after the incribly dull game that was Blur.
    Why cant they just make PGR 5 and release it for PC?

    • Farewell says:

      Sequels makes so much more a lot of money at the box office after all.

  10. jon_hill987 says:

    Frankly I think MGM should sell off bond so they can fund the Stargate: Atlantis DVD movie to tie up the series neatly. They could probably fund a third SG-1 movie (that they are rumoured to already have the script for) as well.

    But that is somewhat off topic…

    I have never played a Bond game but the licence could lead to good things. I would favour a Deus Ex style game, dropping the character customisation as it is bond and he can do anything without additional training and give it some more action options, talking your way into somewhere over a cocktail should still be an option though.
    The thought of “third person cover based shooting” sickens me however.

    • Agrajag says:

      Wait, didn’t the Golden Eye game startup this whole stop-motion-dancing to some japanese song?

    • RakeShark says:

      You take that back and show Tina Turner some respect!

  11. Bobsy says:

    Here I was thinking as the Lighthouse fell “Oh, they’re just ripping off the chimney stack in HL2″.

    Then it exploded.

    I guess this means that Stone Blood is better than Life-Half 2?

    • Demon Beaver says:

      Same here, the thought that went through my head was “Valve did this five years ago, probably much better”

  12. Gap Gen says:

    Did he just survive a direct hit from a Javelin missile?

    • RakeShark says:

      You’ve got it wrong, he was actually the javelin missile, which then exploded into Daniel Craig after hitting a fireball.

  13. RyePunk says:

    well not getting that game. Bizarre Creations is a terrible PC dev. The Club was put out then abandoned never receiving a single patch to address a multitude of issues. Sure it was a bad game by itself but the fact they didn’t even bother to let me play the thing was the problem that has permanently turned me off their products for life.

  14. RakeShark says:

    IF, and that’s a big IF, they can make the hand-to-hand combat system as good as its advertised in that trailer, without resorting to QTEs or the cool stuff only done in cutscenes, this may be on my watch list.

    To be honest, I don’t really remember a game where going melee (stepping aside from tourney fighting games) was viscerally verbose and enjoyable, and wasn’t a simple one-hit crunch kill or KOTOR turn-based. I remember Indy and the Emperor’s Tomb tried to do something like that awhile ago, but I can’t really think of any other game that has tried to do that since.

    Additionally, “Grico has flown in a group of international terrorists for a suicide mission.” I demand the name be Grico Shepard. It would also explain why the mission takes awhile to pull off, gotta do all those little chores to get those moody issue-riddled terrorists’ loyalty.

    • Tei says:

      The Witcher has what you describe, but it seems is only working for part of the audience, the other part don’t like it.

    • RakeShark says:

      Hrm, you’re right, forgot about the Witcher. I think I was part of the group that actually liked that little gameplay mechanic, but didn’t like the fact there was a lack of neat “finisher flourish” moves.

      Which reminds me that Zeno Clash tried to make a somewhat melee centric combat system, but being a FPS made the melee seem a bit awkward.

      I suppose the best feel for satisfying melee I can come up with now was that Punisher game that came out in 2006 I think. Then again, most of the weapon and hot-spot special kills in that game were just sex.

    • Tom says:

      Riddick Butcher Bay had great close combat!

    • Jad says:

      Some great examples of melee are Zeno Clash and Butcher’s Bay, as noted, and Batman: Arkham Asylum. Seriously, everyone should go play Arkham. Works perfectly on a PC, both gamepad and mouse + keyboard.

    • pierec says:

      RakeShark:

      beating up hobos in Condemned had a nice, fluid feel to it.

    • Heliocentric says:

      @Piercec I can confirm its authentic.

    • Demon Beaver says:

      Thank you for reminding me of Indy and the Emperor’s Tomb! It had such a fun melee system, I played the demo to hell and back, just for the fisticuffs! I don’t think any other game ever made it that fun (and funny) to fight hand-to-hand…

    • Alex says:

      @RakeShark

      There were actually some pretty cool finisher moves. You just have to stun them with Aard first. ;)

  15. ohmy says:

    everyone knows that bricks + water = BOOOM!

    • Bhazor says:

      That is why stones skim. Tiny explosions keeping the rock aloft before it sinks below the surface and falls straight to the earths core.

  16. CapeMonkey says:

    Alas, the next Bond movie is no longer taking a long time, but is dead. Apparently MGM is in such a poor state financially they can’t even get any to make a Bond movie, this game is all we’re getting for a while.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20009922-10391698.html

  17. Crush says:

    The character models look a little unusual like they have a cartoonish sheen to them ala Team Fortress 2 or maybe it was just the video, notice how the missile firing guy’s white shirt is almost glowing..

    I guess this is the only Bond we will be seeing for a while, dont expect much from the game but its not based on a movie so it might not be totally terrible.

  18. Vitamin Powered says:

    Um…

    this goes against all my usual standards and gaming interests…

    But I actually do want to play this, if they can keep up the mayhem that they’re promising in the trailer.

  19. RLacey says:

    Could we finally be getting a decent Bond game on the PC?

    Probably not.

    (Though I’ll keep an eye on this.)

  20. dingo says:

    No gadgets = no Bond

    • JKjoker says:

      couldnt agree more, the day they splashed realism all over Bond’s face was the day Bond died

  21. Tusque d'Ivoire says:

    you know apart from this game probably being very much the opposite of what i am about to say, i could very well imagine james bond continuing to make money as a series of games… games with lots of not necessarily incredibly rewarding romance have made a lot of money recently, and james bond has all that plus the action, which will then be the game obv.

  22. TeeJay says:

    This looks like a re-skinned Just Cause 2 (which itself has a few subtle/cheeky ‘Bond’ references).

    eg sky-diving, steerable parachutes, exploding/falling chimney-stacks etc.

  23. JKjoker says:

    uuh, that trailer sucks

    • Bhazor says:

      Ahem, you might say it sucks so hard it could get, a heh, Blood from a Stone.
      Ahthangyew.

  24. Mik says:

    Bizzare game eh? It’ll at least be competent.