Buried in the financial facts and figures of today's Activision Blizzard earnings report was date information for two top-tier games. The first was of the unwelcome sort--namely, that the next James Bond game from the publisher won't be released until calendar year 2010. According to leaks from a closed-door event, the next game based on the venerable film franchise will be an original, vehicle-focused game from Bizarre Creations, which is also launching an all-new racing franchise later this year.
According to Activision, the delay of the as-yet-untitled 007 outing was "to avoid head-to-head competition with Call of Duty: [Modern Warfare 2.]" Last year, the publisher released James Bond: Quantum of Solace on November 4 to tie in with its filmic inspiration's debut in theaters (November 2 in the UK and November 16 in the US). Despite being released on six platforms, the Treyarch-developed game went on to sell less than 500,000 units in the US, according to NPD. One week later, Call of Duty: World at War--also developed by Treyarch--hit North American retailers and went on to sell just under 3.3 million units through December 31.
In happier news, Activision today revealed the release window for Wolfenstein, the relaunching of id Software's supernatural WWII action series. In development at Madison, Wisconsin-based Raven Software, the game is now expected in the summer months on the PC and Xbox 360. It will be followed later in the year by another Raven release, the time-shifting sci-fi shooter Singularity for the PC, 360, and PlayStation 3.