Raven developing stealth-action Bond game?

Fan site reports Singularity studio has resumed work on next 007 outing after getting the green light for 23rd film in series.

Source: James Bond fan site MI6.

What we heard: The future of the James Bond game franchise has been up in the air alongside the future of its film inspiration. The studio behind the latter, MGM, has been embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings for much of the year, putting the 23rd 007 big-screen outing's release in doubt until the matter's resolution.

That resolution finally came last week, when a federal bankruptcy court approved a deal that allowed preproduction of the next James Bond film to begin. The move came several weeks after the release of James Bond 007: Blood Stone. Activision's driving-shooting game was developed by the now-imperiled Bizarre Creations, did not have the support of a James Bond film tie-in, and saw middling reviews upon release.

James Bond may be channeling Sam Fisher in the next 007 game.

Given the mixed reception of Blood Stone, it was unclear what the future held for the James Bond franchise. However, MI6 reports that the next installment in the series is back on--and in the works at Madison, Wisconsin-based Raven Software, the shop behind Singularity, the Wolfenstein reboot, and X-Men: Ultimate Alliance. According to the report, the new game is in the "early phases" of development and will be of the stealth action variety.

The official story: Activision reps declined comment.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not enough to go on, but certainly intriguing. What is likely is the next James Bond game will help determine the future of the franchise at Activision. The publisher picked up the series from Electronic Arts in 2006, but it has yet to yield a blockbuster hit. That said, Activision did receive critical plaudits for the just-released GoldenEye 007 for the Wii, although its sales performance won't be known until NPD releases its top 10 game sales for November later this week.

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76 comments
niptuck117
niptuck117

I felt that the entirety of Bloodstone was terrible. The game doesn't contain a single refining feature or one moment that I enjoyed. I know that's very harsh, but I'm a big Bond fan, and loved QoS to death on the 360.

109emil
109emil

the 3 things the developers should improve for the next game are: weapon diversity entire multiplayer experience interactive cutscenes

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

If it will be steath based, count on me.

tonyhawksP8
tonyhawksP8

@Ladiesman17 Yeah miss the old ones, new one has no personality and just mindlessly kills people to some random plot.

thrice00
thrice00

.... I find that he does a great job. Different from the previous ones but i found the movies pretty nice.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I hate Daniel Craig.. because of him 007 movies become sucks.. he's more like rambo rather than real agent.. :evil: which mean the 007 games also become sucks harder IMHO.

thrice00
thrice00

I'm lost here, James Bond don't use stealth really much, Even less since it's Daniel Craig....

razorzs
razorzs

splinter cell conviction was ultimate game..i like very much.

isshiah
isshiah

who doesn't want to be james bond? killing people in a stylish tuxedo... i propose a toast to the success of the movie and game. may it not suck.

UTIxxx50
UTIxxx50

It's marvel: ultimate alliance, not x-men: ultimate alliance...

macca366
macca366

@Sirbobislost Aha, yeah, I used to use the console to spawn different things and make huge jedi battles and what not too

Pete5506
Pete5506

The bit of game play footage that got resealed for this looks promising

benboz
benboz

I can't wait for the movie and this game. I hope it is going to be good. I'm a huge 007 fan.

geokes76
geokes76

But James Bond hardly ever uses stealth. Please just make stealth game, imagine if the movie industry was more like the games industry, we'd all be watching Fight Club 5 and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Nose Job.

NejiKusa
NejiKusa

Blood Stone was a clear case of time-constraint related issues. A few more months and it would have been amazing.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Blood Stone would've been better if Activision gave Bizarre more time.This is what happens when you rush games out.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@MJ12-Conspiracy actually that is what you are saying with that sentence, but never mind. I get your point. Activision sucks. And I agree. but to be honest, I have the same low opinion about EA as I have of Activision.

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

MFW this has already been done and now its being done again :D

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

A Splinter Cell styled 007 game? Why has no one tried their hand at this yet? It seems like the perfect fit for a bond game. *And the collective face-palming by the games industry is deafening* Doh!

blancobo
blancobo

I still remember the Everything or Nothing James Bond game released by EA. The game was great, the voice over was quite good and the mechanics of this 3rd person Action Adventure were about right. Everything looked to be great and for a very inexplicable reason Activision has not capitalized on what EA sold them. Guess they are extremely great with MMORPG's and Shooters best... but James Bond is one of those series that has an inmense potential given the depth of the series and proven longevity.

remysola
remysola

Something that I like from Activision is that at least both Bond games were released to PC too. (Something that EA never did)

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@s2i2p2i2o Umm, that's not what I meant. Learn to read fool! What I meant was anybody, any developer other than what Activision has could possibly make a Bond game work. Why? because they aren't Activision. The world doesn't need Bond games to come out every year, maybe every three years but what Activision is doing is insane, they are going to milk the franchise and I think that's what may have happened to the films IDK.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@MJ12-Conspiracy so you're saying that EA aren't cash cows? And knows how to make good games? only a fraction of EA's game are good, at best!

pszone
pszone

WELL ACTIVEVISION told raven to do it and if the game very gd and doent sell Actvievsion will shut them down for sure im the truth

bobbetybob
bobbetybob

Totally agree D1zzy, they're one of those studios that just knows how to make good fun games.

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

Raven could release a Florist simulator and I would buy it. Raven are fantastic devs and im looking forward to seeing more of this.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

The Bond franchise should be given to EA or Bethesda or someone else who knows how to make good games, not cash cows. If Blood Stone was published by someone other than Activision I might have bought it, as it is I will buy it when I can find it used.

termadoyle
termadoyle

leave it to Activision to milk the crap out of any franchise until it becomes more of an annoyance. Bond was so much better when in the hands of EA IMO.

Ronaldo27
Ronaldo27

Singularity was pretty good but then was Goldeneye. Perhaps Activision should set up Eurocom as Bond games main developer.

JKnaperek
JKnaperek

Cool, more Bond games. I'd much rather have something that's been done over and over and over, than, something creative, fresh and new.

13Th_Gray_Fox
13Th_Gray_Fox

The term "stealth" is some how unclear this days

zidan4000
zidan4000

Singularity was a great game hampered by outdated graphics ,the concept of the game was great enough for me to play the game from the start to finish . I hope that they will nail right next time they make a game and try to keep the graphics up to date.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

@GenerealShowzer Whoa, are you on crack? BioWare is the best around!

dual_barrel
dual_barrel

This may sound upsetting but Raven IS going to end up making another mediocre game just like they always do.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@macca366 Yeah that was a wicked game especially on PC where you could use the console to spawn 30 darthvaders and 30 Luke skywalkers and watch them beat the crap out of each other

scotwolf
scotwolf

i hope this will be a good game, sad i know but i'm a sucker for bond games and movies. this might be due to being british but my chances of working for MI6 with women, fast cars etc may have passed me by. the last two james bond games blood stone and quantum of solace on 360 i have quite enjoyed playing.. the single player on both i thought were good. yes we can see where improvements need to be made in both games, any game with multiplayer now has to be top notch as there is a lot of very good competition for our online play. fingers crossed and its a matter of wait and see i think. the new goldeneye on Wii i have not played yet but loved the original n64 game,i have bought it for my son for xmas but have stopped my self from testing!!???

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

the wii one appearently sold /goldeneye that is in fact it surpased the million units cod mwr sold lol , in its first 2 days lol

hazuki
hazuki

The 360 version of quantum of solace, blood stone, and wii goldeneye were all great games. They just didn't sell so hot. What I don't get is the article writer talks like they were crap games.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

They just need to make a James Bond game exactly like Uncharted 2. Same controls, same gameplay, polished graphics--but with a James Bond story. There, instant win.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

Goldeneye 2010 was great, Blood Stone was fun for 30 minutes, then the game ran out of tricks and got mediocre. I'd say, take the Blood Stone formula, and polish it up to death.

SPBoss
SPBoss

Since Daniel Craig James Bond movies/games have drifted completely from the 'stealth' aspect. I wonder if they can pull it off.. I hope they do because a stealth James bond game would be great :)

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

Wish they'd make a new Jedi Knight game.

cynicalundead
cynicalundead

@macca366 I thought Wolfenstein was great. At least the single player campaign was good. The MP was garbage.

macca366
macca366

Most of Raven's back catalogue consists of mediocre games, HOWEVER, I have a special place in my heart because they developed Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. I played the hell out of that game.

acasero44
acasero44

anything affiliated with that douchebag kotick i wont be touching until he is fired

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

Ravens a great company, hope that this game, whether or not it's real, does well enough for them.