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Submitted by Valenka 549d ago | news

Activision Loses Rights to James Bond game License

"Today, we can confirm, via unnamed but reliable sources, that Activision's license to publish video and PC games based on the James Bond series has indeed expired, which is why the PC games were removed from those download stores. Our sources had no information on if a new game publisher has been brought in to tell future virtual adventures of 007." - John Callaham (Activision, Industry)

PopRocks359  +   550d ago
Good. Now let's get it to a competent publisher this time.
The_Infected  +   549d ago
That's a shame they lost. Guess they should get to work on the next 25 CoD games.
Mounce  +   548d ago
Should we blame Activision though or the one who was developing it ever since The World is Not Enough after Goldeneye(Which Rare made)? Eurocom made the 007 games in a nutshell and all of those 007 games from then-on were just mediocre. Whilst Rare then made Perfect Dark which again was a giant success FPS-wise for N64.

Who is actually capable of making a good 007 game? The only REAL good one was made by Rare and they're basically dead or all but making Kinect garbage.
Root  +   550d ago
HELL YEAH

This is amazing news, we might finally get a good bond game now.
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superterabyte  +   549d ago
Please make a 3rd person game whoever gets the rights everything or nothing and from russia with love were so good.
akaakaaka  +   549d ago
I loved those PS2 games!!
ps3vita4life  +   549d ago
'Bout time. Now there's possibility for a good Bond game to be made.
Zodiac  +   549d ago
So now it's just Nintendo and Microsoft who have the rights.
CalvinKlein  +   549d ago
TO THE REAL GOLDENEYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEEEEEED GOLDENEYE WITH ONLINE NOW!!!!!! IT IS ALREADY MADE AND READY TOO!
Zodiac  +   549d ago
oh, yeah. They own the rights to Golden Eye, not Bond in general. Fail on my part.
FlyingFoxy  +   549d ago
Well there is Goldeneye Source, but it's a fan made mod.. and not 100% the same as the 64 game, has some little differences.
Prodigy-X  +   549d ago
Yessss!!!!!!
DarkBlood  +   549d ago
*plays the goldeneye 64 theme as i hear this news*
Kevlar009  +   549d ago
I prefer "Facility"

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
yewles1  +   549d ago
REVENGE for killing off Bizarre!
extermin8or  +   549d ago
Never thought i'd say it but thank god-give it back to EA please lol I want games like nightfire and everything or nothing, not attempts at rehashing the goldeneye formula and failing.
PhantomT1412  +   549d ago
EA isn't better than Activision. I hope it's another publisher than those two that'll get it (T2, Ubi, Square, etc).
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extermin8or  +   549d ago
Ea handeled the series well in the past though,(nightfire, everything or nothing, from Russia with love) and they didn't release one a year, used new engines and studios etc all these things, activision who used some shitty engine because all their money goes on cod and not much else lol
PhantomT1412  +   548d ago
I agree for the past but the way they handle things now would make me worry if they had the licence.
shackdaddy  +   549d ago
Ya, EA definitely handled that series a lot better.

Which is really saying something...
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isarai  +   549d ago
Emphasis on "handeleED" past tense, i don't think they would do it right today, they really went to shit halfway through this gen.
Cam977  +   549d ago
YES! Hopefully we see a turn around.
Baka-akaB  +   549d ago
Now let's pry Marvel rights from their fingers
KwietStorm  +   549d ago
Oh god don't even get my hopes up.
Lionalliance  +   549d ago
ABOUT TIME!
jaklink  +   549d ago
I'd personally love to see an open world James Bond game done by Rockstar. Now that would be intriguing.
Baka-akaB  +   549d ago
i could also settle for a rocksteady hub centric game
NateCole  +   549d ago
Rocksteady 100% agree. With what they did for Batman i am all for them taking on Bond.

First time i got into a fight in Batman AA i said in my head "I am Batman".

Perhaps if they do a Bond i will say in my head "My name is Bond, James Bond". lol!.

True story about Batman AA.
Valenka  +   549d ago
Yes please!
e-p-ayeaH  +   549d ago
Naughty Dog or Kojima Productions
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superterabyte  +   549d ago
Naughty Dog maybe. You're joking about kojima right? they're good at what they do with japanese titles but James Bond can't see it myself
Root  +   549d ago
I'd rather ND do a Bond like game which takes inspiration from James Bond

Kind of like how they took inspiration fron Indiana Jones for Uncharted

Plus they could have their own theme songs for the games to show that Bond is THEIR source of inspiration.

The cinematic feel of ND games is great for a Bond like game

Imagine them showing off the sequels to it, all they would have to do is play the new games theme song at the VGAs, maybe get the singer live on stage to do it and we'll know the new game has been announced.
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superterabyte  +   548d ago
Have you people not seen the cut scenes and story-lines in Japanese games? How the fuck can they do James Bond? Lose your fanboyism for one second and think how much James Bond games would suck with a bad story-line and embarrassingly bad cut scenes?

Japanese developers are overrated as hell by lets face it people (weirdos) who watch anime
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TotalHitman  +   549d ago
One word. AGENT.

If it ever comes out that is.
FlyingFoxy  +   549d ago
Give it to Valve i say.. they can't fail.
R_A_LEE20  +   549d ago
Hate to burst your bubble but Valve aren't ones for taking on licenses. There all about making there own game IPs.
Drekken  +   549d ago
Yeah so we can wait an undisclosed amount of time for them to NOT make a game.
FlyingFoxy  +   549d ago
The quality of their games vs the amount of them says it all, though i have a feeling Source 2 isn't far away from being shown off..
Jek_Porkins  +   549d ago
Good, they rushed that Legends game out the door quickly before they lost the rights. Not like Activision is going to be hurting for that license, not with COD, Skylanders and soon Destiny.
InTheLab  +   549d ago
No more CoD Bond reskins? Nooooooooooooo! /s

Bring back gadgets and spy cars please. No more of The Bond Identity. Need some old school bond with a mixture of tech and gunplay...and the occasional 60's karate chop.
isarai  +   549d ago
FANTASTIC!! now it's time to find a suitable team for the series, i would say EA but all thier games have been shit lately and full of scams to get money out of people. Maybe 2K or Gearbox?
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AusRogo  +   549d ago
Give it back to EA. Everything or Nothing was an awesome bond game.
Relientk77  +   549d ago
Would love to see another great Bond game
Rampaged Death  +   549d ago
Give it back to EA. I want a great Bond game again.
tigertron  +   549d ago
The best news I've heard all day.

Please don't hate me for saying this, but I hope EA buys the rights. I love EON and Nightfire.
TotalHitman  +   549d ago
YAY! Although, maybe James Bond is a franchise that doesn't translate well in game. Idk, I've never played a James Bond game. All I know is that Activison's James Bond games looked pretty bad. I'd like to see Ubisoft's take on the franchise.
CaptainN  +   548d ago
N64 Goldeneye says hello :)
kenshiro100  +   549d ago
Thank God.
Kevlar009  +   549d ago
All we need now is 90's Rare and a 1st/2nd party publisher
Y_5150  +   549d ago
Good, Crash Bandicoot next please!
CaptainN  +   548d ago
Now if only Nintendo would take this back !!!! I would get this IP and give it to Retro Studios and say make it happen !!!
DeadlyFire  +   548d ago
I am not a big fan of the WiiU, but Activision losing this could work in Nintendo's favor. They could take the IP in under their wing.
chukamachine  +   548d ago
Still trying to remember a game where you could ride a dragon and land get off and it would protect you while doing other things, was along time ago. Was on pc.

anyone?
Adolph Fitler  +   548d ago
God, please somebody, do something useful with this franchise. It is another one of these movie licensed that is dripping with content that is "CUSTOM MADE" to be implemented into games.
Terminator
Predator
Aliens
Rambo
& especially the huge array of Bond films,
these film franchises should show off some of the BEST videogames of all time......this is without question. I mean, apart from Goldeneye, & a Rambo3 game on MD/Genesis, nobody has done anything decent with these franchises.

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