Released in 2000 by Eidos, Project I.G.I. was a tactical shooter about sneaking and hacking your way through various levels. It never had quite the charm or scope of a Deus Ex, but the game had enough fans to warrant a sequel in 2003, Covert Strike.
So almost two decades on from that, the series is getting a prequel: I.G.I. Origins.
The game is in the prototyping stages still, and developers Toadman Interactive are actively sourcing feedback from fans at the end of the trailer below. It’s not scheduled for release until 2021, and there’s literally a few seconds of what looks like a work-in-progress shot of the HUD while a helicopter flies over.
“The reason we are sending out this update is so that we can allow enthusiasts to provide ideas and feedback when we are in the early stages of development. We want to hear from you fans to make sure you get to see the most out of this game,” Robin Flodin, chief executive of Toadman, said in a release.
It’s nice that something is being done with the franchise. The basis of I.G.I was always approaching tactical missions like a sandbox, and games can push that even further with the power of modern engines, consoles and computers.
The team has a feedback form for fans to offer their suggestions. I’d be interested to see a little more of Toadman’s own creative vision first, although at this rate there’s really not much to go off.
But at least it’s a good reminder that, back in the day, Project I.G.I wasn’t too bad. It was like a Goldeneye or Mission: Impossible game, with more of a focus on traditional stealth than all crazy gadgets. Here’s some footage of the series to pour over, in case you missed it.