Speaking of cars, in the trailers we’ve seen Bond driving an Aston Martin DBS V12 and his classic DB5, as well as a speedboat. Will he take control of other vehicles during the game?
Yeah there are one or two more quirky vehicles Bond can use.
About how much driving can we expect Bond to do in Blood Stone, and overall, what is the vehicular gameplay like? Is Bizarre Creations leveraging any of their experience with the Project Gotham games for these portions of the game?
Blood Stone is about high action, which means driving is one part of the adventure, not intended to be the majority of the game. Driving sections are generally like high-octane rollercoaster rides where the players constantly reacting to threats which the game puts in his way.
There is some rather epic environmental destruction happening in the trailers. Will Bond wreak havoc on the various locales he visits, and is destruction interactive or incorporated into the gameplay?
The huge destructive sequences in Blood Stone are driven by the narrative and what the player does in the game. For example, the refinery explodes after Bond overloads its systems, and the player has to deal with the consequences of these actions. In other levels, Bond can shoot cars which enemies are using as cover to detonate them or shoot holes in pipes which carry super heated fluids, so there’s a mixture.
So far we’ve heard that 007 will be visiting locales such as Siberia, Monaco, Bangkok, and Istanbul. Could you tell us more about these locations? Are there any nostalgic references to From Russia with Love in the Istanbul section?
Well, an important part of a Bond story is to convey a true globe-trotting adventure, and that’s what we have done with Blood Stone. Bond’s journey is entirely driven by the narrative and I don’t want to give too much of the game’s story away!
It must be great having Bruce Fierstein writing the story. Could you tell us a little bit about the story he’s created? Does it take place after Quantum of Solace, and if so, is the Quantum organization involved? How does it tie into the rest of the Bond canon?
Blood Stone is set after the events of Quantum of Solace, and is a completely new and independent adventure. It contains all of the hallmarks of a real Bond adventure – exotic locations over land sea and air, megalomaniac enemies and their evil schemes, Bond’s women – it’s all there, in fact it’s as close to a bond-film story as we could get without it actually being a game of a film; and that all comes from having an authentic Bond writer.
So far we’ve seen that Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are reprising their roles, With Joss Stone as the Bond girl and performer of the title song. Can you tell us about any of the other characters? Might we see some familiar faces, like Felix Leiter?
Felix isn’t part of Blood Stone’s story however other characters which you may remember – such as Tanner from Q branch are included in the game.
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