Project 007 really did leave us both shaken and stirred when it was first revealed back in November 2020. Helmed by Hitman developers IO interactive, the upcoming game will see us take on the role of Bond in a new, original story. While it's still early days, we've steadily been getting small updates and hints about Agent 007's virtual adventure, including the fact that we'll be playing as a new Bond who won't be based on any of the actors to play the role in the film franchise.
We've gathered together all of the latest news on Project 007, so you can stay up to date on IO Interactive's take on the famous secret agent.
Project 007 announcement reveals key development details
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, “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.”
Unfortunately, no platforms have been confirmed as of writing. It’s unlikely to be a console exclusive but, in a world where Microsoft can snap up Bethesda, don’t rule anything out.
Project 007 release date is still a way off
The Project 007 release date will be well after 2021, let’s put it that way. After all, IO still has its fingers in a few pies with Hitman and development on the new James Bond game has barely started.
Speaking to sister publication Edge, 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”
It seems, then, not all resources are being pooled into Project 007 just yet. In fact, the team is still hiring for several key positions on its Careers site, including a gameplay programmer and AI programmer for the new James Bond game. Senior positions such as gameplay director that will be "an instrumental part of creating, presenting and maintaining the vision and overall quality of the game" is still required.
The complete list of roles that need to be filled for Project 007’s development are as follows: Gameplay programmer, rigger, senior game designer, producer, AI programmer, lighting artist, gameplay director, gameplay animator, lead cinematic animator, lead sound designer.
With development at such an early stage (and most of the team’s vacancies yet to be filled out), we shouldn’t expect Project 007 to be released until 2023 at the earliest – especially in COVID times.
Project 077 could be a third-person action game
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.
Project 007 trailer: first teaser 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 story: Which Bond are we playing as?
CEO and co-owner of developer IO Interactive, Hakan Abrak, spoke with Danish Broadcasting Corporation 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 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."
For now, keep the Bollinger on ice. While you wait for Project 007, check out all the other new games for 2021 and beyond to get excited about.