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IO Interactive is reportedly developing a new fantasy project for Xbox

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Hitman developer IO Interactive is reportedly working on a new fantasy IP for Xbox, according to reports from Windows Central (opens in new tab).

The outlet was told of a new IP named "Project Dragon" had come up in talks between IO and Microsoft. Those reports were corroborated by Eurogamer, whose sources explained the project is "AAA in scope though still very early in development".

Project Dragon is reportedly a connected-world RPG, with various job listings searching for multiplayer network programmers (opens in new tab)—one (now-pulled) listing spotted by Windows Central even lists the team name as Dragon. Eurogamer's sources elaborated, saying the game would take place in a "medieval-esque world" featuring, yes, dragons. 

As the best-performing game in the series (opens in new tab), Hitman 3 has left IO in a strong position. The studio has already revealed that it'll be taking its espionage expertise further with Project 007, and recently opened up a new studio in Barcelona to assist development. In interview with GamesIndustry.biz (opens in new tab), CEO Hakan Abrak teased that the new office was already helping develop the new IP.

"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," said Abrak. "It is something our core people, our veteran staff, have been dreaming about for some time."

None of this has been officially confirmed or announced by IO Interactive, of course, and these rumours may turn out to be just that. But even if this appears to be a huge departure from the studio's expertise, I'd pay good money to see Agent 47 slip into some chainmail and garrotte a dragon.

Natalie Clayton
Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.