February 3, 2023

IO Interactive’s monetary report means that the James Bond recreation, Challenge 007, will not be launched till March 2025 on the earliest.

Earlier this month, the Danish studio behind the Hitman sequence launched its annual report for the fiscal 12 months ending March 31, 2022.

As Twitter consumer DarkDetective famous, one a part of the report states that whereas IO expects to generate income of 450-500 million crowns ($60-67 million) within the present fiscal 12 months ending March 2023, it predicts that this determine will will fall subsequent 12 months. two fiscal years because of a scarcity of recent points.

“We have had a few years of stable earnings and income because of the launch of the sport,” the report stated, citing Hitman 3.

Nevertheless, he then warns: “There’s a danger that EBITDA and earnings will fall over the following couple of calendar years. That is as a result of prolonged levels of manufacturing earlier than the following releases hit the market.

“Extra exactly, [FY 2024] in addition to [FY 2025] estimates present a major decline.”

As such, the assertion implies that no new video games might be launched till the top of the fiscal 12 months ending March 31, 2025, together with the James Bond recreation.

Challenge 007 IO was introduced in a brief CGI trailer in November 2020, adopted shortly by a sequence of job listings on the studio’s web site on the lookout for “elite expertise” to affix the event group.

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Studio head Hakan Abrak acknowledged again in January 2021 that the sport won’t draw on earlier Bond movies or actors, and as a substitute, IO intends to create the James Bond universe from scratch.

Abrak additionally confirmed final 12 months that IO can be engaged on different initiatives apart from Challenge 007. One in every of them is believed to be a “dragon-themed” recreation that’s stated to be an Xbox unique, however that too is prone to be after few years. judging by the monetary report of IO.

In the meantime, Hitman 3 continues to be supported by new content material, most of which is free. Most notable is the upcoming Freelancer mode, which has been pushed again from a beforehand scheduled spring launch to the second half of 2022.

Introduced in January, Freelancer is a single-player mode with roguelike components, strategic planning, and a customizable hideout. It’s not but confirmed whether or not this will even be a free replace or if it will likely be paid because of its obvious scope.