Welcome, Project 007
Some gaming news has certainly shaken, and presumably not stirred, social media today as the developer behind the HITMAN series has announced its next project.
'Project 007' was confirmed today (November 19th) by IO Interactive, and will feature a 'wholly original story' on the iconic spy agent James Bond. Early news of the forthcoming game between IOI and Warner Bros was revealed in October 2019, in which studio boss Hakan Abrak said that the studio was working on an "exciting project to create a new universe for IO Interactive" with teams from both the Copenhagen and Malmo studios lending their talents to bringing 007 to life once more in video game form.
Not a lot has been shown of Project 007 as today was just a teaser, but the short trailer revealed shows who we presume to be James Bond loading up a rifle before the iconic James Bond movie soundtrack and bloodshot screen. With the upcoming Bond movie No Time to Die in April 2021 (COVID permitted) and IOI's HITMAN 3 game also launching soon, the next couple of years is going to be a good one for stealth action fans.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Project 007 (working title) is a brand new James Bond video game with a wholly original story. Earn your 00 status in the very first James Bond origin story, to be developed and published by <a href="https://twitter.com/IOInteractive?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IOInteractive</a>. <a href="https://t.co/BRdKtARDSH">pic.twitter.com/BRdKtARDSH</a></p>— James Bond (@007) <a href="https://twitter.com/007/status/1329425445431939072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 19, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Ian Fleming's fictional British MI6 agent has been used in a huge array of movies and games from its book heritage, starting in the 1980s with ZX Spectrum title Shaken but Not Stirred. The most recent entry in the James Bond game series was 007 Legends back in 2012, developed by Eurocom and published by Activision for console and PC.
One of the most iconic games, highly regarded for its nostalgic multiplayer mode was GoldenEye 007, which launched on the Nintendo 64 back in 1997. Since then, there have been attempts to recreate this for the modern age, but sadly many of these fan-based projects have since been shut down.