The first images and video of a future James Bond
game under development by Activision-owned studio
Raven Software have hit the internet...
First Look At Next 007 Game
7th December 2010
reported on MI6 just 24 hours ago,
it is understood that a new James Bond game that had development
suspended by Activision is now underway again due to MGM's financial
situation being resolved and the franchise moving forward with
green-lights on the game and the 23rd
movie, which was also on
hiatus. Activision-owned studio Raven Software were reportedly
working on the game earlier this year before resources were redirected
to produce downloadable map packs for the immensely profitable "Call
of Duty" franchise.
While yesterday brought news that work on the
game was thought to be resuming, today the first look at the
work-in-progress title has been splashed all over the internet.
A demo reel from one of the game's animators, Hanjin Song, shows
development work as well as quite polished clips from the future
game. According to Song's LinkedIn profile, he is now working
at EA Chicago, so it is unclear how up to date this video is.
It was also an animator who first
leaked that Activision were
working on an updated version of "GoldenEye
the Nintendo Wii. Song's demo reel includes several different games,
so do not expect to see mutants or samurai's in a Bond title
(watch online Viddler, YouTube)
Bond is seen crouching behind cover, performing takedowns
and shooting from a third-person perspective in these
un-textured development shots.
Although early intel on the game was indicating
centric" format, and there are similarities to the popular "Splinter
Cell" titles, the early footage also suggests a
cover-based system in a similar mould as the recently release "Blood
Stone". With the financial failure of that game (compared
to recent Bond titles and it's release competitor "GoldenEye" -
both under the Activision umbrella), fans are already speculating
whether the final product will see some significant changes.
Software have just completed work on the well-received "Singularity".
Previous titles from the Wisconsin-based studio include "Wolfenstein", "X-Men
Origins: Wolverine", "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance" and "Quake
4". A sequel to "Singularity" is expected in 2013.
is no indication that Eurocom, who developed the successful “GoldenEye
007" update, are working on another Bond title. Bizarre Creations,
the studio behind “Blood Stone”, were shuttered by
Activision a week after the game’s release.
It is not clear yet if or when Activision plan to release the
'stealthy' 007 title by Raven Software, but as development was
put on ice for six months, fans shouldn't really expect to see
anything until this time next year at the earliest.