Hitman: Absolution just hit stores this week but the next Hitman game is already in early development (mostly likely as a next-gen release). As we said in our Hitman: Absolution review, this is no doubt the latest installment is the best in the franchise to date, which makes what I’m about to say next all the more risky. Up until now, IO Interactive has developed the game, but the next game will mark the first time in the franchise that a new studio takes the helm. The next Hitman game will be developed by Square Enix Montreal, which to be fair does have some personnel that have worked on the game before. And as expected, IO Interactive will still be involved to some degree in overseeing the game’s development and making sure that it stays true to the origins of the franchise even thought it will more than likely take it in a drastically new direction.
According to the Hitman: Absolution’s director Tore Blystad “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 somethings 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”. Not sure what that means exactly, but hopefully it means we will be seeing a lot more Hitman action in the future.
Blystad was cautious not to get into any specifics about the new project but he did say:
“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”.
We will have to of course see how all this works out but it seems like Square has the right idea with this franchise. Even though it has an established fan base, it’s a franchise that has a lot of room to explore and develop. So often developers become afraid to take any really significant risk with established franchises, so its nice to see that’s not the case here. Ultimately, I just hope we don’t have to wait so long for Agent 47’s return next time.