IO Interactive, the studio behind the popular stealth-action series Hitman, has announced that it is working on a new online fantasy RPG called Project Fantasy. This announcement has come as a surprise for fans, as IO Interactive has previously been known for developing games with a focus on stealth mechanics.
According to the company, Project Fantasy will be set in a vast open world filled with magic, monsters, and diverse landscapes, and players will be able to create their own characters and embark on adventures together. IO Interactive says that it wants to create a game that is both challenging and accessible, and that allows players to fully immerse themselves in the game world.
In a press release, IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak said, “Project Fantasy is the culmination of years of planning and development. We are excited to finally be able to share our vision for this ambitious project with the world. With Project Fantasy, we are creating a game that combines the best of what we love about RPGs with the immersive worlds and mechanics that we are known for.”
This new announcement comes after a period of growth and expansion for IO Interactive, which became an independent studio in 2017 after being owned by Square Enix. Since then, the company has continued to release new content for its flagship Hitman series, including a new VR game, as well as branching out into new IP with the recent release of the action-adventure game Project 007, which is based on the James Bond franchise.
While details about Project Fantasy are still scarce, it is clear that IO Interactive is hoping to create a game that will stand out in the crowded online RPG space. With a richly detailed world, a focus on player choice and customization, and the pedigree of a studio with a reputation for creating polished, high-quality games, Project Fantasy is definitely a title to keep an eye on. Fans of the fantasy RPG genre will no doubt be eager to learn more about this upcoming game as IO Interactive continues to reveal additional details in the coming months.