Hitman 3 Is In Development, Alongside Completely New Series
The Hitman games have really found their footing since the 2016 semi-reboot. The games are back to being open sandboxes for you to explore and exercise your creativity in assassination, they're also now supported with special events and regular updates. For a game about killing, it's never been so lively. And now, in a new Noclip documentary, developer IO Interactive we've learned that the team is already working on a new Hitman, as well as a new game altogether.
In the latest Noclip documentary (which you can watch here if you're reading on mobile), around the 37 minute mark, host Danny O'Dwyer says that the team which is working on Hitman 2 content is already looking ahead to Hitman 3 - which he adds "may once again go episodic":
But that's not all, this is followed by a brief clip of CEO Hakan Abrak saying "We're looking into the future with new things, potentially new IPs that we might be working on. We've created four original IPs from scratch. Creating new characters and worlds is part of our DNA. We're looking forward to bringing new stuff as well, apart from growing Hitman, into the world."
Now, there's a few things to unpack here. Let's start with Hitman 3 potentially returning to an episodic release. When Hitman rebooted in 2016, its six levels were released one at a time, with the time between releases seeing lots of smaller updates to the maps already in the wild.
Personally, I think it was an excellent way to play Hitman. When I've all the levels available to me I tend to play through the game in one go and I don't replay the levels all that much once I've completed them. With the episodic release, I couldn't help but replay the levels while waiting for the next level to be released. It meant I discovered many of the secrets of each map and better appreciated all the work that went into the game's sandbox. Hitman 2 was released all in one go and I think it was less exciting a release as a result.
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Now, a new IP is very exciting, IO Interactive may be best known for Hitman, but it's also the studio behind Kane & Lynch and Freedom Fighters, two games that had their faults but had some excellent moments. In Freedom Fighters you were leading small squads of revolutionaries in a fight to take back New York and Kane & Lynch was a good attempt at making the game equivalent of a Michael Mann movie.
Hopefully we'll hear more about this new game soon.
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