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Though we know the James Bond game, Project 007, is being developed by Hitman studio IO Interactive, we're still surprised to hear just how much alike the two spy series sound on paper right now. According to new job listings, the upcoming game based on the adventures of 007 will have similar features to the Hitman games, from perspective to an adaptive environment.
Spotted by user AidThisFellowUser on the Gaming Leaks And Rumors subreddit, the IO Interactive AI programmer job listing mentions features that sound just like the Hitman games. The listing mentions some details which have piqued fans' interest, including that the person employed would be capable of working on a third-person action game.
Here is the teaser for Project 007...
Perhaps the most famous and best James Bond game to date is the N64's GoldenEye 007, which was from a first-person perspective. In fact, the majority of James Bond games seem to be from first-person. However, IO Interactive is taking this upcoming game in another (more Hitman-like) direction which makes sense for spatial awareness, enemy tracking, and stealth elements.
Of course, an obvious part of this listing is that it directly relates to AI. If you haven't played the Hitman games, firstly, give them a go because they're such fun and we really enjoyed the most recent entry in the series, Hitman 3. Secondly, the entire game hinges on clever AI systems. NPCs are at the core of the gameplay as they're your main obstacles and objectives, so having a good AI system where they have their own timings, own perceptions, and correct responses to seeing a bald man in a security outfit wielding a brick at their colleagues is essential.
The user who posted the job listing on Reddit mentions that the AI elements relate to "maps, enemies and challenges that adapt to player actions". They also mention that the game will have adventure elements and the project will be a strong stealth action-orientated game, which is something we all would have guessed already.
Additionally, the job listing confirms some other details we'd already heard. The game will be "a wholly original Bond story, players will step into the shoes of the world's favourite Secret Agent to earn their 00 status in the very first James Bond origin story."
We're likely going to be waiting a while longer until we hear more about gameplay, actors, and the story - but we're sure with IO Interactive at the helm, it will be worth the wait.
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