With the next generation of console video gaming officially arriving, so do the wave of next-gen titles, as IO Interactive, the studio behind the iconic Hitman franchise, announced today that their next game will be “Project 007”, a James Bond origin story game.
According to the official announcement on the @007 Twitter account, the story will follow players as they “earn your 00 status in the very first James Bond origin story,” which is a fascinating and exciting direction for any James Bond tale, let alone a video game that puts us, the fans, in control.
“Project 007 (working title) is a brand new James Bond video game to be developed by IO Interactive. Featuring a wholly original Bond story, players will step into the shoes of the world’s favorite Secret Agent to earn this 00 status in the very first James Bond origin story. IO Interactive is currently recruiting elite talent from around the world to join the team that will build out this exciting and unique gaming title.”
While there was a slew of Bond games made by EA Games in the early 2000s — 2001’s Agent Under Fire, 2002’s Nightfire, and 2004’s Everything or Nothing — Activision obtained the license in 2006 and published two games, 007: Quantum of Solace in 2008 and a Wii remake of GoldenEye 007 in 2010, before losing the license in 2013. Since then, there hasn’t been a new James Bond video game until now.
Perhaps most interesting is which James Bond this game will feature. Given that it won’t come out for a few years, there’s a very real chance that the next actor to play 007 will be cast by then, meaning this game will either feature that actor’s likeness or create their own vision of the iconic MI6 spy.
— Post Cred Pod (@PostCredPod) November 19, 2020