Project 007: Everything we know about IO Interactive's new Bond game

Project 007
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Project 007 is a new Bond game from developer IO Interactive, the studio behind some of the best stealth games in recent memory. IO most recently impressed with Hitman 3, and now it's hard at work on the first Bond game in a decade – following the release of 007 Legends in 2012. 

Details are light right now – and there's little chance that Project 007 will be one of the new games for 2023 – but we know that this new Bond game will feature an all-new story in. We'll be getting a brand new 007, rather than one from the films or books. Project 007 also has the full backing of MGM, who has expressed that "gameplay is king", and that it wants to create a game that will be great "with or without the IP." 

So while we wait for more Project 007 news, why don't you keep reading on for everything we know about the new Bond game so far. 

Project 007 is a new James Bond game

Project 007

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All told, the initial Project 007 announcement is the meat that fills out the skinny bones of what little we know so far of the fledgling James Bond title.

Speaking of a title, it won’t be called Project 007. As per IO’s announcement on its official website (opens in new tab), "Project 007 (working title) is a brand new James Bond video game to be developed and published by IO Interactive."

It continues: "Featuring 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."

Project 007 release date is still a way off

Project 007

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The Project 007 release date is currently unknown, but we could be waiting a while. Developer IO Interactive cited "long production phases" on its upcoming games in a recent annual report, which has led many to speculate that Project 007 could be at least three years away

Speaking to GamesRadar+'s sister publication Edge Magazine, Mattias Engstrom (game director on Hitman 3), says the end of the World of Assassination Trilogy will have a "live tail, and there's going to be some cool stuff coming there." On Project 007, he added, "There are so many excited developers in the studio."

Project 007 trailer

This is it, the only Project 007 teaser trailer so far – emphasis on the tease. Showcasing a bullet being loaded into a chamber of a gun – could it be Bond’s trademark Walther PPK? – Monty Norman’s iconic Bond theme slowly builds up and eventually soars as we see another Bond mainstay: the gun barrel sequence. Then, a shot is fired and the screen turns red, leaving “Project 007” at its centre.

It doesn’t tell us much, other than it’s officially IO Interactive’s “next project”. No images, and certainly no gameplay. It’s just enough to whet our appetite, but we’re hungry for more.

Project 007 could be a third-person action game

Project 007

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As hinted in a job listing posted by IO Interactive, Project 007 might be a third-person action game. The listing was looking for individuals with "experience working with third-person action games" to work on the upcoming Bond game, that will be "wholly original."Nothing official has been confirmed so far, but it could very well point to us playing as Bond in third-person – a natural fit, given the studio's history with Hitman.

Project 007 story: Which Bond are we playing as?

No Time to Die

Daniel Craig in No Time to Die (Image credit: Universal)

CEO and co-owner of developer IO Interactive, Hakan Abrak, spoke with Danish Broadcasting Corporation (opens in new tab) about the Bond we'll be playing as in Project 007. Instead of being based on any of the actors who have played the role through the years, Abrak revealed the team has instead made their own "digital Bond": "we have been allowed to make our own digital Bond, which will not lean on a Bond actor." 

In an interview with IGN (opens in new tab) back in April, Abrak also revealed that Project 007 will draw inspiration from the entire Bond franchise to deliver an original story: "Every Bond kind of defines a generation and it's amazing how they keep reinventing themselves over so many years. So, we're not only inspired by one movie, or games and whatnot. We're inspired by the whole thing, and just sucking things into us to make an original Bond, an original story, but that is absolutely true and recognizable in the values there is in Bond." 

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