In February 2009, an Activision Blizzard earnings report revealed that the next James Bond game from the Quantum of Solace publisher wouldn't be released until 2010. According to leaks from a closed-door event in 2008, it will be an original, vehicle-focused game from Bizarre Creations, the studio behind next month's combat racer Blur.
Now, it appears that British megastore HMV has unmasked the title of Bizarre Creations' 007 outing. Its online store is listing product pages for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii versions of "James Bond: Bloodstone." Each is tagged with the words "driving racing games coming soon" and listed in the "driving racing" category. The lists also display the James Bond films' distinctive "007" logo, with the "7" being a gun.
Though Activision declined to comment on the product listing, James Bond: Bloodstone is as good a title as any, since there is no official 007 film this year. That frees up Bizarre Creations to give it an original moniker much like one of the best-reviewed James Bond games, Everything or Nothing. The 2004 PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance title was published and developed by Electronic Arts and also featured heavy driving and vehicle combat elements.
The apparent outing of James Bond: Bloodstone comes just days after James Bond fans were hit by discouraging news. Following the inability of the 007 films' financially plagued distributor MGM to find a buyer, the production company behind the movies, EON Productions, announced Monday that the next James Bond film had been put on indefinite hold. It had been slated to start shooting later this year with Daniel Craig reprising his role as the dapper secret agent hero and Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) in the director's chair.