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Bizarre hails Bond game licence to thrill.

Byline: Alistair Houghton

A NEW James Bond video game, developed by Liverpool's Bizarre Creations, is being released in the UK today. James Bond 007: Blood Stone was released in the US on Monday but hits the shelves in Europe today. It features a digital version of Cheshire's Daniel Craig as Bond.

Bizarre is one of the region's biggest video game developers, employing some 200 people at its Speke base.

Nick Davies, lead producer on Blood Stone, said: "Being a British developer, it's an honour to be trusted to create the next chapter of Daniel Craig's Bond, even more so that we are based not a stone's throw from where he grew up."

Describing Blood Stone, Bizarre's American parent company Activision said: "Players can engage in cover-based firefights, hand-to-hand combat and speed through explosive adrenaline-fuelled driving sequences as they embark on a global chase on land and sea through Athens, Istanbul, Monaco, Siberia and Bangkok.

"Gamers can also feel what it is like to be a 00 agent, as they take the battle online in several robust 16-person multi-player modes that require skill, teamwork and strategy as players compete in matches that will have spies battling mercenaries."

Devon soul singer Joss Stone also appears in the game as a Bond girl. She has performed an original song for the game, called I'll Take It All, which she co-wrote with Dave Stewart, from The Eurythmics.

As well as Blood Stone, Activision has released another Bond game called GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.

David Pokress, head of marketing for licensed properties at Activision Publishing, said: "2010 is truly shaping up to be the year of James Bond.

"We have two incredible offerings for consumers, one featuring a diverse array of nostalgic GoldenEye moments and the other an original Bond action-adventure sure to give Bond fans their fix."

Bizarre Creations was founded in 1992 and was bought by Activision in 2007. Its successes have included the Project Gotham Racing series for the XBox console, which has sold more than 6m copies, and Geometry Wars. It launched racing game Blur in May.

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