Hitman 3 Could Be In Development By Io And May Be Episodic Again
Hitman is enjoying one of the more successful franchise reboots of this generation with 2016's Hitman 2 still getting updates to this day.
In part one of four from a documentary series, and first spotted by Game Informer, about the franchise's history and future, IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak alludes to an unannounced third game that may return to the same episodic structure that's been a hit with the rebooted franchise thus far.
IGN also transcribed bits of the interview that gets about as close to an announcement as you can get without making things formal:
Hitman is a trilogy. There’s a bright future – there’s this full realization of the whole World of Assassination that we’re looking towards as well. The World of Assassination, when that’s complete, it’s going to be one game with all the locations starting from Paris in Hitman to the last location in Hitman 3.
Sadly, that's about all we know thus far. From the sound of the interviews in the video, they're certainly committed to the future of the Hitman franchise, but also interested in developing new IP to continue pushing forward.
Any time a developer can consistently create quality experiences based in worlds that they entirely own and develop on their own is a great thing not only for consumers, but for developers as well since it maximizes the amount of revenue they can gain without the need for costly licenses.
Many modern gamers may not realize that Hitman has been around for quite some time; the first game released all the way back in 1997, for example, so fingers crossed Agent 47 has a continually bright future ahead of him, unlike his targets.