Skip to main content

Just like death, we don’t know when IO Interactive’s new ‘Hitman’ is coming

io interactive next hitman game development hitmangoty
IO Interactive revealed that development on the much-anticipated sequel to its episodic Hitman title is well underway and that we can expect a number of “franchise firsts” for the next game. Although it’s not quite ready to reveal everything, the Danish developer promises much, with official details set to be revealed early in 2018.

The latest game in the Hitman series, broke new ground for the franchise by releasing in an episodic manner. The style proved popular among gamers and the game has sold more than 7 million copies. That fact was announced by CEO of developer IO Interactive Hakan Abrak alongside the debut of the new Game of the Year edition of Hitman Season One.

Related Videos
[OUT NOW] HITMAN - Game of the Year Edition

But Abrak also made the first tease about the next Hitman game. Although expected after the success of the latest title in the series, Abrak made it official with his post, stating: “Your support will directly help us to continue on our independent journey toward the next Hitman game and beyond. We’re in this together and we promise that we will channel our passion and skills to shine through in everything that comes from this studio.”

Unfortunately, Abrak’s announcement was more of a tease than a big reveal. He did, however, highlight that the next game would also break new ground for the Hitman series, with “exciting new features” and “some franchise firsts.”

As much as he claims that he “can’t wait to tell” us about them, Abrak pledged not to reveal anything concrete about the next game until 2018.

IO Interactive isn’t just being quiet to be coy, though. Although it makes sense to wait until the opportune moment to announce new features for its upcoming game, it has also undergone a dramatic shift in its internal structure over the past six months. In mid-2017 it split from the then-parent company, Square Enix, amid concerns that it may be shuttered as a studio.

Abrak explained the relative silence that followed the move as intentional, while the company focused inward to figure out what it wants to stand for in its own right. As it figures that out in the months to come, it seems likely it will begin to reveal more about its inner workings and the development of future titles.

Editors' Recommendations

Hitman 3’s first update brings new targets and escalation missions to the game
Hitman 3 Feb Update

Hitman 3 is getting its first round of new content starting today. The stealth action hit will receive new escalation missions throughout February that add weapons and costumes to the game.

Like its predecessors, Hitman 3 will receive extensive post-launch support from developer IO Interactive. The studio won't bring any new levels to the game, but it will build out the game's content with a host of special mission variants.

Read more
Hitman 3: How to find the case file in Dartmoor
Hitman 3

Most Hitman levels give you a target (or list of targets) and send you on your way. But Hitman 3's Dartmoor level is different. In addition to taking out your target, you also need to find Arthur Edwards' case file, which is more difficult than it may seem. In this guide, we're going to show you how to find the case file in Dartmoor in three different ways.

Further reading

Read more
What the new James Bond game should (and shouldn’t) take from Hitman 3

Hitman 3 received rave reviews from critics, and many fans are looking forward to what developer IO Interactive will bring from the franchise to its next game, which is currently titled Project 007.

While the world of assassination will translate nicely over to James Bond, the upcoming game cannot simply be a copy-and-paste title. It wouldn't feel right to just make "Hitman 4" with Agent 47 swapped out for 007. There are some key adjustments IO will need to make on top of the already laid foundation to produce the Bond game it is capable of creating.
Keep the intricate environments
The most important attribute that will make Project 007 shine is, thankfully, the element IO absolutely nailed in Hitman 3. Each level, from Dubai to the Carpathian Mountains, offers varied and thrilling espionage adventures. Even after several replays, I'm still finding new areas in these locations, despite feeling like I had thoroughly explored each destination in past playthroughs.

Read more