[UPDATE] Sq. Enix has issued the next observation to make clear lately’s information in regards to the cancelation of a Hitman sport that was once being developed at Sq. Enix Montreal:
“There may be just a little of misunderstanding across the Hitman tasks presently in construction at Sq. Enix-owned studios and so we needed to make an effort to make clear what each and every studio is engaged on to resolve a few of this confusion. Io-Interactive is creating a brand new, AAA Hitman recreation in order to be coming to PC and subsequent-gen consoles and Sq. Enix Montreal is totally involved in cellular construction of video games a few of which might be associated to the Hitman franchise,” A Sq. Enix consultant stated. “We sit up for sharing extra important points about these titles later this 12 months.”
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All isn’t neatly with agent forty seven, the eerily hairless protagonist of the Hitman series. The LinkedIn profile of senior game designer Richard Knight indicates that the next-gen installment in the series he was working on at Square Enix Montreal was recently canceled, Videogamer first discovered.
The LinkedIn profiles of other employees at Square Enix Montreal indicate that the game was a “re-imagining,” and that it would have featured some form of microtransactions.
In late 2012, we first reported that the next-gen Hitman game was being developed by the then newly formed Square Enix Montreal, and not the original Hitman developer, IO Interactive. Hitman: Absolution director Tore Blystad said the franchise would be handled similarly to how Activision handles the Call of Duty games.
“It’s like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward,” Blystad told OPM. “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.”
The plan was to let IO Interactive begin work on a new franchise while Square Enix Montreal took the lead on a new Hitman. But following a devastating fiscal year for Square Enix, IO halved its workforce and went back to Hitman, which, as far as we know, they’re still developing now.
So it’s not like we’ll not get another Hitman game, it just might take a little longer until we do, and we won’t be seeing the one Square Enix Montreal was working on.
We weren’t the biggest fans of the most recent Absolution, but the Hitman series has had some amazing moments, especially in Hitman: Blood Money, which we’ve recently reinstalled.