Ahead-looking: Hitman developer IO Interactive is growing a James Bond recreation that reveals some promise. The studio is not able to share main particulars on the mission but however has shed some gentle on how its revival of the Hitman collection led it from engaged on Agent 47 to Agent 007.
In an interview with Eurogamer this week, Hitman developer IO Interactive talked about how and why it decided to comply with its profitable assassination collection with a recreation about Ian Fleming’s iconic spy, James Bond. Dialogue in regards to the thought began a lot sooner than some would possibly anticipate.
Followers of IO’s latest work are doubtless intrigued to see the corporate engaged on 007 as a result of the gameplay construction of the final three Hitman video games looks as if a logical match for Bond. The corporate has confirmed able to setting social stealth motion in numerous locales worldwide—a central aspect of Bond movies.
One would suppose that IO, Eon Productions, and MGM grew to become occupied with a brand new 007 recreation after the success of the 2016 Hitman title and its sequels. Nevertheless, the thought emerged round 2013 when IO began work on reinventing Hitman.
The studio beforehand spoke about its hardships surrounding the poor reception to the 2012 Hitman Absolution. Since launching the well-received Hitman: Blood Cash in 2006, IO bought considerably misplaced within the wilderness, and Absolution’s failure compelled the studio to rethink all the pieces it was doing.
Firm co-owner Christian Elverdam mentioned that when IO began constructing the idea for Hitman’s revival in 2013, dialogue a few spy fantasy recreation quickly adopted. Not lengthy afterward, the thought of attaching 007 to the fantasy grew to become robust sufficient for the studio to ask MGM and Eon about it.
When IO introduced “Mission 007” in 2020, it revealed that the sport could be an origin story not based mostly on any of the movies. That element alone is important as a result of almost each Bond recreation has been both a direct adaptation of a film or has relied on materials from them. Co-owner Hakan Abrak mentioned IO’s upcoming recreation could be one thing this medium can name its personal that stands alongside the flicks.
Another excuse the title might be important is that it will likely be the primary 007 recreation in over a decade. The final title that includes the character was 2012’s 007 Legends, a celebration of a number of Bond movies. The sport was so unsuccessful that it led to the closure of its 25-year-old developer Eurocom. A number of months after launch, 007 Legends and Activision’s different Bond video games (together with the underrated Blood Stone) bought delisted from digital storefronts because of the writer dropping the IP license.
As for Hitman, IO says the collection is on hiatus because it focuses on Bond and certain its following MMO mission.