I.G.I. Origins First Gameplay Trailer Reveals Tactical Espionage Action

Developer Antimatter Games has just released the first gameplay trailer for I.G.I. Origins, the prequel to Eidos Interactive’s 2000 tactical shooter, Project I.G.I. Set during the height of the Cold War, I.G.I. Origins retains the original game’s stealth gameplay while featuring all the gorgeous new technology found in Unreal Engine 5.

First announced in 2019, I.G.I. Origins reveals how the Institute for Global Intelligence came about. You play as Michael King, an ex-SAS elite soldier recruited by MI6 for even more dangerous covert ops. "Armed with a sophisticated arsenal to divert, outsmart, or wipe out your adversaries," I.G.I. Origins will let you "decide your approach; ghost-like espionage or heavy firefights."

The original game was set during the height of the Cold War where the player had to foil a nuclear arms sale. I.G.I. Origins is still set in the 1980s, but rather than halt the transfer of nuclear armaments to unknown parties, it looks like Michael King will infiltrate a Soviet missile installation to sabotage a rocket.

Today's gameplay reveal trailer shows King alternating between stealthily crawling past soldiers and guards to openly blasting his way through enemies. The weapons featured all appear to be realistic for the era, with a Dragunov sniper rifle revealed right at the start after being voted on in a fan survey. There's also the MP5N silenced submachine gun and plenty of AK-47s for the Russian soldiers.

Openly approaching each mission objective was one of the cornerstones of I.G.I. Origins' development, according to Antimatter, so don't feel like stealth is your only option. You can choose to be the sneaky super agent, or you can take the game in a more Rambo-esque fashion. The choice is up to you, but environmental knowledge will be key to survival.

There's no release date on I.G.I. Origins, and the only confirmed platform is PC via Steam. You can wishlist the game now and receive updates on its development.

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