Developer Io Interactive has revealed that it is working on Hitman 3.
The news emerged in a NoClip documentary about the much-loved assassin franchise starring Agent 47. In it, Io Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak spoke about how the studio developed a framework for the game which it calls World of Assassination, that enabled it to plug in new levels and storylines, and to release Hitman 2 on a tight budget and schedule, even after Io Interactive had been dropped by publisher/owner Square Enix and had enacted a management buyout, managing to keep the Hitman intellectual property rights in the process.
In the documentary (above), Abrak said: “Hitman as a trilogy has a bright future. There’s this full realisation of the whole World of Assassination that we are looking towards as well. World of Assassination, when that’s complete, that’s going to be one game, with all the locations starting from Paris in Hitman to the last location in Hitman 3 — with 20-plus locations: the ultimate globe-trotting experience.”
The documentary covered Io Interactive’s journey since it rebooted Hitman in 2013, via experimenting with different business models involving the episodic release of individual levels to completing Hitman 2 and signing a new publishing deal with Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment after being dropped by Square Enix in 2017, which had owned it since 2004.
Meanwhile, Io-Interactive and WBIE are today releasing a new Sniper Assassin co-op map set in Siberia for Hitman 2. The publisher described it thus: “In this latest map for Sniper Assassin mode, players must eliminate two targets and incite a prison riot to cover their tracks. The two primary targets within the mission are Roman Khabko, a renowned Russian mobster with suspected political ties, and Vitaly Reznikov, the warden at the privately-owned prison who has been offered a bribe to facilitate an early release for Khabko. To complete the mission, both targets must be eliminated along with Reznikov’s mercenary guards, known as the Siberian Tigers. Players must take them out before it’s too late as Khabko’s release could set off a chain of events with negative diplomatic implications.”
Hitman 3 hasn’t yet been officially announced, so there are no indications as to when it might be released or on which platforms. For further Hitman-related news, head to the franchise’s website.