IO Interactive, the studio behind Hitman, is working on another IP – and it’s not related to Hitman or James Bond.
News of a new IO Interactive project was disclosed by the company’s CEO and co-owner Hakan Abrak during a recent episode of IGN Unfiltered.
The IO boss discussed the future of Hitman, the studio’s James Bond project and various other goings-on. When asked about his thoughts on “support studios”, Abrak revealed that the company isn’t just working on Hitman and the 007 franchise:
“We have 007 we’re working on, we have Hitman that we’re working on… I should mention we’re working on something else, as well. Something completely new… a new IP (intellectual property).”
Of course, the company will likely keep any information about this new IP close to its chest. At the moment, we currently know very little about the studio’s 007 project, so it’s unlikely we’ll hear anything about this new project any time soon.
It’ll be interesting to see if IO’s new IP is in theme with the rest of the company’s work. Arguably, Hitman and the James Bond universe share a lot of similarities, especially when it comes to the potential gameplay involved.
During the interview, Abrak also revealed that even he doesn’t know what the “IO” part of IO Interactive means:
“There are a lot of myths about what it is. I’ve been with IO for more than 14 years now, but I’m not part of the founders… I still know most of them… when I ask them, they don’t even remember themselves, why, or what it was.
“‘Input / Output’ is a good guess. Another one is ‘[one of Jupiter’s moons,] Io’ and stuff like that. They are having fun being secretive around that but, honestly, there’s not a clear, ‘This is it!’”
When you say it out loud, Input/Output Interactive kind of sounds like lyrics to an early Daft Punk track. I can almost hear the strange echoings of the worlds now in a robotic voice.
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