|Blood Stone 007|
|Developer(s)|| Bizarre Creations (PS3, Xbox 360)|
n-Space (Nintendo DS)
High Moon Studios (Microsoft Windows)
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360|
|Release date(s)||November 2, 2010|
Blood Stone 007 is an upcoming action-adventure video game, developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Activision for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and Microsoft Windows platforms. It is the 23rd game in the James Bond series although it is not a direct sequel to any game; it is the first game since Everything or Nothing to have an original story. The game was confirmed by Activision on July 16, 2010. The game is due to be released on November 2, 2010. Activision's GoldenEye 007 (2010) will be released on the same day. Blood Stone features the voices and likenesses of Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, and British artist Joss Stone.
The game is a third-person shooter with elements of hand-to-hand combat and occasional driving sequences. Blood Stone features a unique Focus Aim system which allows players to lock onto targets after melee takedowns, not too dissimilar to the "Mark and Execute" feature from Splinter Cell Conviction. There is also a multiplayer mode consisting of up to 16 players that will pit spies versus mercenaries.
The player assumes the role of the protagonist James Bond (voiced by Daniel Craig) who teams up with wealthy socialite Nicole Hunter (voiced by Joss Stone) to find researcher Dr. Malcolm Tedworth who is feared dead. Set across five locations: Athens, Istanbul, Monaco, Siberia and Bangkok, Bond fights the antagonists, a group of terrorists led by a man named Greco.
The story's background revolves around an international conspiracy that's placed the U.K.'s secret biochemical weapon into the hands of an unknown enemy. From examination of the official website, it is speculated that genetics, globalism, and diamonds will be pivotal themes to the story.
The game was first hinted on April 21, 2010 when British store HMV listed Blood Stone as coming soon. Then on April 23, Activision reserved a web domain name called bloodstonegame.com. The game was officially announced in an Activision press release on July 16.
Famed James Bond film writer Bruce Feirstein was chosen to pen the story for the game.
Ben Cooke, who is Daniel Craig's stunt double in the films, has provided the motion capture choreography for Bond's digital animation. He is credited as the game's Stunt Coordinator.
The game's soundtrack is composed by British composer Richard Jacques. Joss Stone provides an original musical track to the game titled, “I’ll Take It All” written and performed by her and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics. The song will be featured exclusively in the game.