Io-Interactive has posted an open letter to Hitman fans on its website for all to read, and most likely to quell the rumors that the company is not releasing another Hitman game, but was focused on developing a new IP. The letter explains that this is not the case, and lets us in on what the developers have been working on since the last release of Hitman: Absolution, which was an incredible entry into the series and by far the best Hitman in my opinion.
“At Io-Interactive right now, we are building the next AAA Hitman game for PC and next-gen consoles,” the letter says. “It has our total focus and we wanted to take a moment to tell you a few things about it.”
The game plans to cover the prime time in Agent 47’s career, “the apex predator stalking his prey across the world, with the support of his long-term handler Diana Burnwood and the whole of the ICA”.
Io also explains that they have learned a lot from Absolution, and will continue to draw inspiration from past entries like Blood Money and Contracts. The next Hitman game will be built on the Glacier 2 engine, and will contain open, non-linear settings that will “play out across huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels”. They plan on pouring in as much detail as possible into the largest levels that have ever been designed for a Hitman game. “Our aim is to create living, breathing and believable levels which will allow gamers to play around with the AI to create those unique moments every fan of the Hitman franchise loves.”
They also joked about removing Agent 47’s “magic pockets”, and also plan on bringing back Contracts Mode, which allows for user created challenges.
You can check out the entirety of the letter here. No release dates have been teased yet, so it’s likely we won’t see this game release until 2015.