Hitman team IO Interactive has opened a fifth studio in Brighton, UK to help create its James Bond game, titled Project 007 right now. A core team is already said to be in place on England's south coast, and along with the developer's other four production houses, it'll "make significant contributions to the ambitious development and publishing efforts on all games currently in active development: Project 007, Project Fantasy and Hitman".
IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak said: "We are extremely proud and excited to open our next studio in Brighton, where we see enormous potential to expand our incredible team and attract the very best talent from the exciting UK development scene. We’re eager to expand our operations to new shores and believe that IOI Brighton is an extremely appealing destination for developers of all crafts."
The latest opening means the developer now has five studios spread across Europe in Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Turkey, and now the UK. In a separate interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Abrak explained how all five outlets will be working on all the projects IO Interactive has in the works — not one studio is restricted to a single project.
"Across our studios, our projects are front and centre," he explained. "Which means anybody, regardless of what studio or country they're working from, they can work criss-cross on different projects. It's not like in Istanbul they're on 007, and in Brighton they're only doing Project Fantasy... they can all work on the different projects." Of course, since James Bond is a British brand, though, the Brighton studio has a lot of ties to the project. Abrak goes on to say the developer could potentially be "closer to 400 people in another year or 18 months from now".
First shown off in late 2020, IO Interactive revealed Project 007 as a James Bond origin story. "Featuring 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." Meanwhile, the Hitman series is "a little bit on hiatus" following Hitman 3, and the developer also has Project Fantasy in the works. This is rumoured to be an Xbox exclusive.