Xbox Could Have Exclusive Rights to Hitman Developer’s Forthcoming Fantasy RPG

According to confidential Microsoft documents submitted in the FTC v. Microsoft trial, it appears that IO Interactive’s upcoming online fantasy RPG may be exclusive to Xbox.

Within the documents, Xbox’s research on potential company acquisitions, including Hitman developer IO Interactive, was outlined. The document listed IOI as working on a project called “Project Dragon,” described as an RPG shooter for PC and Xbox Series X and S. Additionally, it stated that Project Dragon is associated with XGS Publishing, or Xbox Game Studios.

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Previous leaks from a Windows Central report referred to “Project Dragon” as an exclusive fantasy RPG for Xbox. While it is not officially linked to IOI’s previously announced fantasy RPG, it is unlikely that the studio would be simultaneously developing two fantasy RPGs along with their planned James Bond game. The internal document combined with the report suggests that this upcoming fantasy game will be exclusive to Xbox and PC, published by Xbox Game Studios with substantial Xbox support. These details were shared internally in May 2021.

Currently, there are limited details available about IO Interactive’s fantasy RPG, but the studio has stated that the project draws inspiration from gamebooks like Fighting Fantasy. This represents a significant departure from IOI’s well-known Hitman franchise.

IGN has reached out to IO Interactive and Xbox for further comments on this matter.

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Rebekah Valentine, senior reporter for IGN, can be followed on Twitter @duckvalentine.

 

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