Antimatter Games and Toadman Interactive’s first-person shooter finally give us a sneak peek at some gameplay.
The Steam page for I.G.I. Origins has the following synopsis: describes the game as, “Go deep into the origins of the Institute for Global Intelligence, re-imagining a pioneer of the tactical first-person shooter genre, the prequel to 2000’s Project I.G.I. You are Michael King, codenamed Regent, an ex-SAS soldier recruited by MI6 for covert, global missions to target an enemy with a world war in their sights. Armed with a sophisticated arsenal to divert, outsmart or wipe out your adversaries, decide your approach; ghost-like espionage or heavy firefights. Twisted actions raise questions over the true enemy and harden your resolve against a shifting, hostile world.”
This video is a surprise because the third instalment in the I.G.I. series was announced in 2019. That was over three years ago! Project I.G.I. (where the acronym stood for I’m Going In in the title), the first part of the series, was released in 2000, while the sequel, I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike, followed in 2003. Innerloop Studios developed both. The first was published by Eidos Interactive, and the second by Codemasters.
I.G.I. Origins will be a prequel set in 1980, during a critical period of the Cold War. We dread to think when Antimatter Games will be ready with the game, which is also being worked on by one of the original creators, as they were at the prototype stage when it was announced in March 2019. In November, they said it would be released in 2021 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. This idea has almost certainly been knocked to the floor by the coronavirus global pandemic, as we’re towards the end of 2022, and there’s still no release date (or even target platforms…).
Not a single console was listed at the end of the video, so who knows what will come of it. Maybe PlayStation 5, Xbox Series and PC in 2023…?