IO Interactive has predominantly worked on Hitman games since the studio's inception back in the late 1990s. Now, IO is going to stake its reputation in a video game adaptation of the popular movie franchise, James Bond 007.
However, since announcing the project in late 2020, IO Interactive has kept details about its latest title close to its chest.
Luckily, hawk-eyed observers have been quick to notice every tidbit of information that is inadvertently leaked about Project 007 by way of job listings. The most recent one, for example, sheds more light about what the kind of game that fans should expect in what is going to be the MI6 agent's latest video game outing.
What latest IO Interactive job listing says about Project 007
At the moment, IO Interactive has multiple job listings dedicated for Project 007, along with more for an unannounced project. The former includes vacancies for Senior Gameplay Product, Senior Technical Character Artist, and Lead Cinematic Animator, among many others. However, what stands out the most are the details listed on the job ad for the AI Programmer.
To sum it up, the job listing/s detail that Project 007 is going to be a third-person action-oriented game with strong stealth and adventure elements with maps, enemies, as well as challenges that will adapt to whatever players do in the game.
Now, if this all sounds just like the Hitman games, then you're not exactly wrong.
The question now is if this is the right approach. Multiple studios have tried to replicate the big screen magic of James Bond in video games. So far, very few have succeeded if any at all.
The most notable among these video game adaptations is GoldenEye 007, which stands out for both its tight first-person shooter gameplay, single-player campaign, and its multiplayer.
If IO Interactive is taking cues from its Hitman games for Project 007, it could do a whole lot worse. It's easy to imagine a James Bond game with a similar template to the World of Assassination trilogy. All IO Interactive needs to do is to make missions less about straight-up murders and focus a bit more on the narrative. Not to mention, since James Bond is a secret agent and not a stone-cold assassin, it would benefit Project 007 if he had more personality and flair.
Either way, this is not set in stone just yet. Because the project is still in development, there's a chance that IO Interactive could change things up midway. The studio might also choose to add both first-person and third-person perspectives to Project 007 halfway through development to add variety.
In any case, one thing that we can be sure of is that Project 007 is in good hands.