Activision today confirmed their next James Bond
videogame will be released in the latter half of
Activision Confirm 2011 James Bond Game
9th May 2011
On a shareholders conference call to discuss
Q1 earnings earlier today, Activision announced their next
James Bond game will be released in the latter half of 2011.
Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing,
said: "For the balance of the year, we plan to launch
games based on the best-selling X-Men and Spider-Man franchises,
James Bond and the toy phenomenon Bakugan as well as the
latest release in the long-standing Cabela's Hunting franchise,
which we're expanding this year to include new peripherals
and an incredible Kinect experience..."
"I'm looking forward
to updating you on our plans and performance as this exciting
year unfolds. And we'll have a lot more details on our
upcoming releases to share with you in the coming weeks
and in E3."
Above: Slide from the Activision
Hirshberg concluded, "Our strategy of creating
more in-depth and quality gaming experiences within fewer, better
franchises appears to be paying off."
reported on MI6 back in early December, a new James Bond had
already been under development for a year but was suspended by
Activision for six months due to MGM's financial situation. As
that was eventually
resolved, and a green
light given to Bond
23, it is understood
that the game's development was also resumed. Activision-owned
studio Raven Software were reportedly working on the game in
2010 before resources
were redirected to produce downloadable map packs for the immensely
of Duty" franchise. Eagle-eyed fans subsequently noticed
Raven Software listed in the "Blood
Stone" credits, alluding to collaboration
between the studios on 007 assets.
Just a day later, MI6
also revealed the first look at the James Bond title in development
at Raven. Activision
yet to announce which studio is behind the next game, the platforms
or a firm release date. Most industry press are assuming the
Raven project is back on track,
a few suggest Eurocom's success with "GoldenEye"
on the Wii would make them front-runners.
Above: An early look at the Bond game that was in development
at Raven Software in 2010 - it may be the
game scheduled for release later this year. Click
here for more.