Hitman: Absolution developer IO Interactive said the next game in the franchise is currently in development at new studio Square-Enix Montreal while IO is doing a mysterious new project.
Speaking with OPM, director of Hitman: Absolution’s Tore Blystad confirmed the IP’s move to a new studio, similar to the formula that Call of Duty follows from beginning. He said:
“It’s like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward. “You have an IP that has been developed. They will feed off each other, as well as some things that stand out. I think with these big franchises it takes a long time to develop just one game. If you can, work a little bit in parallel at least and help each other out”.
About how the next Hitman game will be, Tore Blystad said:
“We’ve been talking about these similarities to some of the big movie franchise like Aliens, where everyone’s doing it their own way. Every time someone gets their hands on a franchise they do something different. So rather than doing the same thing again you get another take on the character from a fresh perspective. There’s a lot of these problems you encounter with these sort of productions, some of them are really fundamental problems, or they have a big effect on the game – like how you do a mechanic for instance. If you change a mechanic too much then the whole gameplay will be modified. Well there are talks between us and of course it has to be somewhat in sync but it’s the first time you could say Hitman has gone out of the house. Luckily it’s with someone we know. Some of the key developers came from IO and have been working on previous games so it’s not like it’s in completely new hands."
At the end, Blystad confirmed that IO is moving on to a new project, but leaves it a mystery what that could be. Could that be a 3rd title from Kane & Lynch series by IO Interactive? We can only assume.