IO Interactive’s Project 007 has been something fans of James Bond have been curious about for a while. We finally have some new details about the game. The new game will be a ways off, but here’s what we know so far.
Speaking to Danish website DR in a recent interview (spotted by PC Gamer) IOI’s studio director Hakan Abrak had some new insight to share on the game. It’s still very much in the dark, but at least we know something now. “We have been allowed to make our own digital Bond, which will not lean on a Bond actor,” IO’s Hakan Abrak told Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
There are also copious hints that this story will aim to be a long-term thing, possibly spanning an entire trilogy of games.
The biggest takeaway is that it’s “a completely original story” that’s not based on an Bond film or previous story. It will effectively be an entirely new take on the iconic secret agent. James Bond license owners EON Productions and MGM have also been involved and have pushed the project in a certain direction. He spoke of the license holders not being impressed with previous games, and that they didn’t want IO Interactive’s Project 007 to push “violence for the sake of violence.”
We have seen precious little about the game so far. Other than the short teaser that came out last year, this is the first concrete news about the game.
Trouble is, there’s not much that can be gleaned from this about gameplay, but Abrak offered insights about the tone the game is going for. He spoke of a game that would aim to please fans both old and new. And said that the team is “very keen to make a game of very high quality that young people all over the world fall in love with. And I’m sure we’ll get to that.”
And with IOI’s pedigree for stealth-action games, there may be a tonal shift incoming for this new project. Hitman 3, their latest outing, features a ton of violence. Although it’s played in a more tongue-in-cheek manner. there are probably some things that will need to be toned down. Don’t expect the new game to just be reskinned Hitman.