Project 007 appears to be a match made in heaven. In this film, James Bond, an international man of mystery and serial bad guy-beater, meets IO Interactive, the developer behind the Hitman video game series, which stars Agent 47, another renowned force against evil who wields a gun and dresses in a stylish suit. Project 007, which was first announced in November 2020, is still referred to as a working title.
It will feature a brand new Bond, who hasn't been in any of the previous films or associated media. Although it appears like Project 007 is still in its early stages, continue reading for what we know about the project so far.
The Project 007 announcement gives important information about the project's development
Taking everything into consideration, the original Project 007 announcement is the meat that helps to fill out the thin bones of what we know so far about the upcoming James Bond title.
When it comes to a title, Project 007 will not be the name of the game. Project 007 (working title) is a fresh new James Bond video game being developed and distributed by IO Interactive, according to the company's announcement on its official website.
“With a wholly original Bond story, players will step into the shoes of the world's favorite Secret Agent to earn their 00 status in the very first James Bond origin story,” the press release reads.
Unfortunately, no platforms have been confirmed as of the time of this publication. In a world where Microsoft has the ability to acquire Bethesda, it's unlikely that the game will be exclusive to the console.
The release date of Project 007 is still several years away
Let's put it this way: the Project 007 release date will be long after 2021 at the earliest. Even with Hitman still in development, IO Interactive still has its fingers in a few pies, and development on the next James Bond game has only just begun.
Mattias Engstrom (game director on Hitman 3) recently stated in an interview with sister journal Edge that the conclusion of the World of Assassination Trilogy will have a “live tail,” and that “there's going to be some cool stuff coming there.” “There are so many excited developers in the studio,” he continued, referring to Project 007 in particular.
It appears, then, that not all available resources are being pooled into Project 007 at this time. On its Careers website, the company is still accepting applications for a number of crucial posts, such as a gameplay programmer and an AI programmer for the upcoming James Bond video game.
A number of senior posts, such as gameplay director, are still required since they will be “an instrumental part of creating, presenting and maintaining the vision and overall quality of the game”
The following is a comprehensive list of the positions that will be required for the development of Project 007: Games programming, rigging, senior game design, producer (AI), lighting artist, gameplay director, gameplay animator (lead cinematic animator), and sound design are all examples of what you may expect to work on.
Because work is at such an early level (and the majority of the team's vacancies have yet to be filled), we shouldn't expect Project 007 to be launched until at least 2023 – which is especially unlikely given the current state of COVID.
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Is there a trailer for Project 007?
This is it, the one and only Project 007 teaser trailer we've seen so far – with the accent on the word “tease.” Showing a bullet being put into the chamber of a gun — might it be Bond's famous Walther PPK? – the image is evocative of the film's opening sequence.
Another Bond staple, the gun barrel sequence, is featured in this film, and Monty Norman's iconic Bond theme gradually grows in intensity and eventually soars. Then a shot is fired, and the screen goes crimson, with the words “Project 007” in the center of the screen.
It doesn't tell us anything other than the fact that it's IO Interactive's “next project,” which is official. There are no visuals, and there is surely no gameplay. Our appetite has been whetted just enough, yet we're still hungry for more.
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