Toadman Interactive have announced the development of a sequel for a classic first-person stealth shooter series, I.G.I. The prequel game has received a trailer, is dubbed I.G.I. Origins and will be released at some point in 2021.
Project I.G.I. and its sequel used to be some of the most popular shooter games in the early 2000s due to their emphasis on stealthy combat, even though some shortcomings such as derpy AI were extremely obvious. No one really expected the third entry in the series after the developer Innerloop Studios went defunct after the sequel's release in 2003.
Enter Toadman Interactive, a developer with studios across Stockholm, Berlin and Oslo, who have previously worked with other studios on projects such as Warhammer: Vermintide and Dead Island 2. They are now apparently working on a project of their own, dubbed I.G.I. Origins which should serve as a prequel for the previous two instalments.
The trailer above mostly consists of a narrative about how the cryptic I.G.I. organisation came to be, with some historical footage in the background. It is not confirmed whether David Jones would return as the protagonist but the guy on the concept art certainly shares similar physical appearance.
According to the description of the trailer above, I.G.I. Origins is in prototyping stage at the moment so the somewhat rough gameplay shown in the video will likely not represent the final product. Furthermore, Toadman invited fans of the series to share their ideas on the official website.
On the other hand, it appears like the developers want to build on a similar idea the first two games had, with both shooting and stealth in mind. In other words, "think your way in, shoot your way out".
I.G.I. Origins is planned for a 2021 release but it is hard to gauge whether Toadman will be able to keep up with the schedule. Whatever turns out to be the case, it is good knowing we will get another opportunity to walk down the nostalgia lane in the future.