New Hitman Game in Development

The Hitman franchise will live on, but what form will it take?

Following the dramatic series of events that began with Square Enix releasing development studio Io Interactive and ended with Io Interactive becoming an independent studio, many fans wondered what will become of the Hitman franchise. Aside from possible licensing issues, there were concerns regarding whether or not Io Interactive would be able to develop a new Hitman game with their existing resources. 

Recently, Io Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak calmed those fears by confirming that the studio intends to continue developing Hitman games sometime in the future. 

“One last thing about our next Hitman game,” said Abrak. ” I want to let you know that we’re making great progress and we have exciting new features and some franchise firsts, which we can’t wait to tell you all about. You’ll have to wait a little longer as we don’t plan to start talking about that until some point in 2018.”

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That statement came as part of a post about Hitman‘s recent GOTY release. As we’ve previously noted, that release includes an entirely new campaign as well as new items, disguises, and mechanics. That post also revealed that Hitman has been played by over 7 million players to date. 

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While it’s encouraging to hear Io has the Hitman franchise on their minds moving forward, this statement doesn’t answer some of the biggest questions people have regarding the future of the series. Namely, we’re not sure if Hitman is going to retain its seasonal format. The original plan was for Hitman‘s current story to be divided between three seasons broken up into episodic releases.

Following the change in Io’s structure, it’s no longer clear whether that extended release schedule is still viable. There’s also some debate about whether they have the resources necessary for such a project. There was also some blowback from the community regarding Hitman‘s episodic releases, but most fans agree that the final product represents some of the best Hitman gameplay to date. That GOTY label is more than just a marketing ploy. 

That being the case, we eagerly await learning more about the next Hitman game and whether it will be a seasonal release or standalone title.