After IO Interactive confirmed that it's putting Agent 47 on ice to focus on James Bond, we learned a bit more about what a 007 game by the Hitman developers will be like.
IO Interactive'stop brass, Christian Elverdam and Hakan Abrak, shared several details about its in-development James Bond projects. In an interview with Eurogamer, Elverdam says the studio wants to "reinvent" James Bond in gaming.
brak explained this further, claiming that the goal is for a product that can "stand next to the TV and the movies and whatnot."
Specifically, Elverdam wants to emphasize that the studio's game will be an "origin story" because it will help them build a "James Bond character who was not a movie character but who's comfortably just his own game character."
Unfortunately, neither Elverdam and Abrak revealed more about when fans can expect to get their hands on IO's James Bond game.
The still-untitled James Bond project is one of at least two titles in-development over at the former Square Enix subsidiary. The other game is an online fantasy title, which is far from what you'd expect from a studio closely associated with the Hitman franchise.
IO first announced "Project 007" three years ago and it's nice to know that the studio's vision for the game hasn't changed. At the time, the studio claimed that the game would tell an origin story for James Bond and the studio's head's most recent statements suggest that they've remained on the same track.
This is a fairly interesting detail because most of the James Bond games we've seen are adaptations of a movie or derived from related material.
Coincidentally, the cinematic counterpart of James Bond following the departure of Daniel Craig will tell an origin story as well.