Hitman has been round for greater than 20 years now, throughout which period some entries have been markedly higher than others. But it surely’s debatable that the sequence actually hit its stride with the 2016 reboot, which culminated in a brilliantly good trilogy and finally into an all-encompassing bundle referred to as Hitman: World of Assassination (opens in new tab). Sadly for followers, we now know there will not be any new adventures for Agent 47 for an excellent whereas to return.
You’ll have forgotten (I did) however Hitman developer IO Interactive is at present engaged on a James Bond game (opens in new tab). That is a fairly large license, and IO’s success with Hitman over the previous half-decade has expectations excessive—and so understandably, that is the place the studio’s consideration is concentrated.
“Proper now a significant, main new Hitman sport: that is just a little bit on hiatus, as we’re constructing one other agent fantasy that is additionally taking on a whole lot of our time.” IO Interactive chief artistic officer Christian Elverdam stated in an interview with Eurogamer (opens in new tab), making an apparent reference to James Bond. “However clearly we’ll come again to beloved Agent 47. He is nonetheless very a lot within the coronary heart of this firm.”
The excellent news for followers is that World of Assassination, which was just lately upgraded with the roguelike Freelancer sport mode, will proceed to be expanded.
“I hope we will have our cake and eat it too, within the sense that now we have such an exquisite platform the place we will preserve experimenting with what the method can do and what folks count on of it,” Elverdam stated. “After which in some unspecified time in the future, clearly, as any artistic, it could be good to then go in and say, ‘Okay, nicely, with all the things we have discovered, what would that be if we needed to re-articulate a sandbox—what would that appear like?'”
We nonetheless do not know something of substance about IO Interactive’s 007 video games, besides that it will likely be a “wholly original (opens in new tab)” story detailing James Bond’s origin—perhaps (and that is purely hypothesis) it will discover the story behind the British murderer’s first kill (opens in new tab). And that is not the one factor IO has cooking: The studio introduced in February that it is also engaged on an “online fantasy RPG (opens in new tab),” too. (Hopefully they’re going to each be higher than IO’s final non-Hitman outing, the fun-but-not-good Kane and Lynch (opens in new tab) video games.) Profitable videogame sequence by no means actually die, however given how full IO’s arms are proper now, it is comprehensible that Agent 47 is being given just a little day without work.