IO Interactive’s Hitman game series is still considered to be one of the best stealth games of all time. With almost a year passed since the release of Hitman 2, many fans wondered what’s next for Agent 47. We may have found an answer to that question in a recent documentary where the game developer IO Interactive hinted towards Hitman 3.
The Hitman game series revolutionized the stealth genre, combining an open sandbox mission design with stealth tactics that allowed the players to carry out assassinations using their own creativity. Hitman gave players the control of Agent 47, a genetically engineered super-assassin that had enhanced abilities.
While working for a secret organization called the International Contract Agency (ICA) referred to as “The Agency”, 47 is charged with taking out targets with all means possible.
Hitman Absolution deviated from the formula set by previous entries such as Hitman: Blood Money. Hitman (2016) and Hitman (2018) brought the series back to the same open sandbox formula. Hitman (2016) had an episodic nature to it with the game leaning more on being a service.
Unlike the 2016 Hitman game, Hitman 2 is was not episodic in nature. And now it seems Hitman 3 may also be episodic.
In a recent crowd funded documentary by Noclip, journalist and narrator Danny O’Dwyer interviewed Hitman game developers at IO Interactive. During the interview part, the developers talked about the history of the studio and the standards set by previous installments such as Hitman: Blood Money. They also talked about the future of the Hitman series and where IO Interactive will go from here.
37 minutes into the video, journalist and Noclip narrator Danny O’Dwyer says:
“While much of the team is working on new Hitman content and looking ahead to a third Hitman game – one that ‘may once again go episodic’ – the majority of the studio, at least here in Copenhagen, is working on something secret, and rather excitingly, something new.”
IO Interactive’s CEO Hakan Abrak said:
“We are still very much independent,” Abrak says afterward. “We’re looking into the future with new things, potentially new IPs that we might be working on. We’ve created four original IP from scratch. Creating new characters and worlds and what not is part of our DNA. We’re looking forward to bringing new stuff as well, apart from growing Hitman, into the world.”
“In addition to the development of the Hitman series, we look forward to the emergence of new projects,” he added.
So it is clear that IO Interactive has plans for Hitman 3 as well as other projects in the future. With next-gen consoles such as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett on the rise, it is likely Hitman 3 will be next-gen.
As the Hitman games take on an open sandbox mission design, the new hardware will allow the developers to take the game in a direction previous games couldn’t.
Meanwhile, fans can play Hitman 2 can enjoy the July content pack with the “Jungle Music” theme. Hitman 2 is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.