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Activision reboots Bond license

Brand new tale Blood Stone announced, as next movie remains in limbo

Activision has confirmed it is to publish an original James Bond title this year.

While the fate of the next 007 movie remains in doubt due to owner MGM's ongoing financial troubles, the huge license's next incarnation will be an Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 game due "this holiday season."

"James Bond 007: Blood Stone captures the cinematic intensity of a Bond film by immersing players in an intriguing conspiracy that will require them to think and act like James Bond," said David Pokress, Activision's head of marketing for Licensed Properties.

"In addition, the game will feature a diverse array of multiplayer modes and debut strategic objective-based gameplay that will allow Xbox 360, PS3 and PC players to battle as teams of spies and mercenaries through authentic Bond locales."

Daniel Craig and Judi Dench will reprise their silver screen roles of James Bond and M, while pop star Joss Stone will play the game's female lead, as well as providing an original song for the legendary title credits.

This is Activision's second Bond foray since inheriting the license, having previously published a poorly-received shooter based upon The Quantum Of Solace.

Project Gotham and Blur studio Bizzare Creations will handle Blood Stone's development, while a separate Nintendo DS title is in the hands of n-Space.

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