Creators of new 007 game confirm it won't be based on any pre-existing Bond story
Turns out it definitely won't be based on No Time To Die.
In November 2020, it came as a bit of a shock to everyone when developers IO Interactive, best known for being the minds behind the Hitman series, announced their next title, Project 007:
Clip via IO Interactive
Very little else was revealed about the game, including whether or not it would be based on upcoming Bond release No Time To Die, or if it would feature Daniel Craig voicing and/or motion-capturing the title role.
While it is still very early days on the game - it seems very unlikely we'll be playing this game before 2023 - a little more info has been revealed.
Speaking to IGN, IO Interactive CEO and co-owner Hakan Abrak had the following to say about their upcoming project:
"It's important to mention: doing a licensed game is new to us. We've only done our own, original IPs (intellectual property), right? We've created these characters... ourselves, from scratch.
"So, I think for us to really embrace this fully, and really, as I said before, we don't like to work 'mechanical.' It's not just because it's a big IP, or it's a licensed game, and commercially this is interesting... It means nothing to us. We've taken a lot of non-commercial risks before.
"So, for us, it's about... we need to feel it, deep inside. The passion needs to be there, so it was very important for us that it wasn't a movie adaptation. So, it wasn't a game about... a specific movie, where the story has already been told.
"It's very important that we could create a digital Bond. A Bond for the gaming industry... So it's a completely original story. This felt really, really important for us and we conveyed that to [James Bond owner] EON and they agreed that the result would probably be better doing it like that.
"There's always excitement around a new Bond. It's amazing, what they have done with the franchise over the years. Every Bond kind of defines a generation and it's amazing how they kept 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 recognisable in the values there is in Bond. I'm really looking forward to creating a new community that the gamers can call their own."
Meanwhile, No Time To Die is (currently) scheduled to (finally) arrive in Irish cinemas on 8 October, 2021.
Clip via Universal Ireland