NEW JAMES BOND GAME IN THE WORKS FROM ‘HITMAN’ DEVELOPER
In its announcement on Thursday, the studio stated it is recruiting “elite talent from around the world” to work on the title. The game is currently in active development and will be available on next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The game will be available on PC.
Featuring a wholly original Bond story, players must step into the titular character’s shoes and “earn their 00 status.”
Hakan Abrak, CEO of IO Interactive, remarks on the project during its announcement. “Creating an original Bond game is a monumental undertaking,” IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak said. “I truly believe that IO Interactive … can deliver something extremely special for our players and communities.”
Project 007 eschews the format of previous Bond games by not relying on prior source material from the books or films. While it has been a while since fans have seen the super agent in games, James Bond does have a storied (at times checkered) history in the medium.
The first Bond video game, James Bond 007, was released in 1983. Rights to the iconic hero then moved to Nintendo, leading to the classic GoldenEye 007 by developer Rare in 1997. The title expanded on the story of the Pierce Brosnan film of the same name. EA then took the rights to Bond, releasing Agent Under Fire, Nightfire and Everything or Nothing. Activision most previously held the rights throughout Daniel Craig’s tenancy as Bond but now IO Interactive has secured them.
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Actor Daniel Craig arrives at the Cinestar cinema at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany, for German premiere of the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’, 28 October 2015.