James Bond is coming back to video games. Hitman developer IO Interactive has announced that it is working on Project 007 (working title) which will include the very first “completely original” Bond origin story, with players stepping into their shoes to gain their double-O status . IO Interactive – as developer and publisher – will work with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Bond film producer EON Productions, and video game funder Delphi on Project 007. It will be made for “modern systems and platforms,” which means that Project 007 should be available on PC, PlayStation 5, and at least Xbox Series S / X.
There is no release window for Project 007, but IO Interactive said that it is currently in “operational development” at IO Interactive studios in Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden. Both locations recruit talent from around the world and you can apply for roles on the IO Interactive careers website. The Bond game is being developed with IO Interactive’s proprietary Glacier game engine technology that has also been used on the three most recent Hitman games he’s worked on.
Project 007 will be the first Bond game since the 2012 Legends of 007, released to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr. No. The game was largely panned, except for its multiplayer pieces. The last Bond game to receive positive reviews was James Bond 007 in 2003: Everything or Nothing, released on the Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PS2, and Xbox. Of course, the most notable entry is the 1997 GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64, an important entry for the first-person shooter genre.
“Creating an original Bond game is a monumental undertaking and I truly believe that IO Interactive, working closely with our creative partners at EON and MGM, can provide something very special to our players and communities,” he said IO Interactive CEO, Hakan Abrak, in prepared statement preparation. “Our passionate team are excited to unleash their creativity into the iconic James Bond universe and craft the most ambitious game in our studio’s history.”
MGM’s executive VP for global consumer products and experiences Robert Marick added, “James Bond has a strong legacy in the video game space, with some of the most iconic games ever based on the character. Working with our partners at EON and the talented team at IO Interactive, we plan to bring a new idea of this legendary franchise to Bond gamers and fans around the world. IO Interactive are masters of crafting immersive, living storytelling worlds.
Ahead of Project 007, Bond’s next outing on screen will be Daniel Craig’s last appearance in the live-action film No Time to Die which has been postponed due to COVID-19 and is currently slated for release April 2, 2021, in cinemas worldwide.