26 Apr 2021 9:22 AM +00:00

Hitman Developer IO Interactive Working On Deal With Xbox - Report

IO Interactive, the developer behind the Hitman franchise and the upcoming James Bond project, could be working with Microsoft in some capacity.

The rumour comes from Windows Central's Jez Corden, something of an industry insider, who appeared on the latest episode of the Xbox Two podcast.

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Hitman Developer IO Interactive Working On Deal With Xbox - Report

One listener asked if the previously rumoured Warner Bros Interactive discussions would come back into focus, while also asking if there was any news on IO Interactive.

"Keep an eye on IO Interactive," Corden teased.

Check out the snippet below:

That's not to say Microsoft is about to snap the developer up, of course, but with constant rumours about Xbox publishing, it could be that the two are teaming up for something – especially with IO Interactive working on a new IP.

IO recently opened a new Barcelona studio to assist with Project 007's development, and the company's CEO, Hakan Abrak, discussed more franchises in the incubation stage in an interview with Games Industry.

"But besides that, we have created four IPs from scratch. We always have incubation and R&D going on. Without going into too much detail, we have a third universe that we're working actively on, which is a bit different and absolutely a love child. It is something our core people, our veteran staff, have been dreaming about for some time."