Back in mid-November, we brought you the extremely promising news that IO Interactive — the studio behind the acclaimed Hitman franchise — is developing a James Bond game, tentatively titled “Project 007″.
While details were scarce (and remain so), IO Interactive announced at the time that the story will follow players as they “earn your 00 status in the very first James Bond origin story.”
“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,” the official description of the game reads.
In a recent interview with the Danish Broadcasting Company, IO Interactive director Hakan Abrak discussed further details about the project, revealing that not only will the game feature an original story, but it will feature an original, digital James Bond that’s not inspired by any of the previous actors. Beyond that, Abrak also noted that there’s the potential for the series to be expanded into a trilogy.
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When “Project 007” does finally release, it’ll be the first Bond-related game since 2012’s poorly-received 007 Legends, which was made by Activision before they lost their license to the franchise the following year. Prior to Activision, EA Games released a handful of Bond games in the early 2000s, such as 2001’s Agent Under Fire, 2002’s Nightfire, and 2004’s Everything or Nothing. In total, since 1997’s iconic Goldeneye, there have been 13 Bond video games.
Perhaps most notably, “Project 007” will be the first Bond game since the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 generation of video gaming, as the character was entirely absent during the PS4/Xbox One era.