Hitman franchise given disappointing update as developer teases James Bond game

hitman 3, agent 47 walks through a rainy neon city
Hitman franchise given disappointing updateIO Interactive

Hitman, the game franchise featuring bald fancy dress aficionado/murderer Agent 47, has been going since the year 2000, and after a bit of a lull with 2012's Absolution, bounced back with the well received 'World of Assassination' trilogy.

Developer and now publisher IO Interactive recently folded the latest three games into one package and added the new Freelancer mode to give players something new to always come back to. But what's next for the series?

While you might assume that IO would use the critically and commercially successful trilogy as a launchpad to try and take the series to the next level, the team are going to actually let it rest for a little bit.

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Speaking to Eurogamer, IO's Christian Elverdam said: "Right now a major, major new Hitman game: that's a little bit on hiatus, as we're building another agent fantasy that's also taking up a lot of our time.

"But obviously we'll come back to beloved Agent 47. He's still very much in the heart of this company."

If you didn't already know, that other "agent fantasy" the folks at IO are working on is a brand new James Bond game. The 007 game franchise has been dormant for a while, and expectations are high for IO's game, which was announced two years ago and hasn't been heard much of since.

hitman 3, agent 47 looking to the right in shadow
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Elverdam gave a couple of details about the project, revealing that the team got to visit the No Time to Die set and walk around M's office, and reiterated that the game won't be set in any film's continuity.

He explained that: "We're doing an origin [story], because one thing, to show the trust they've instilled in us, is that we're allowed to build a James Bond for the games [audience], which I think is a profound homage to where our industry is and where the medium is, in the sense that, yes, it's time to have a James Bond character who was not a movie character but who's comfortably just his own game character.

"And getting to earn that trust has been very, very, humbling, and we feel honoured."

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