Next-gen Hitman project canceled [Update: Square Enix clarifies, just moved to a new studio]

By on January 7, 2014, 7:30 AM
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Update: 1/7/2014 - Square Enix released the following statement concerning the cancelation of the title at its Montreal office, 

"There's a bit of confusion around the Hitman projects currently in development at Square Enix-owned studios and so we wanted to take the time to clarify what each studio is working on to clear up some of this confusion. Io-Interactive is developing a new, AAA Hitman game that will be coming to PC and next-gen consoles and Square Enix Montreal is fully focused on mobile development of games some of which are related to the Hitman franchise," A Square Enix representative said. "We look forward to sharing more details about these titles later this year."

-- Original story follows below: --

Disappointing news out of Canada today as we're finding out that the next installment in the Hitman saga has been canceled. The next-gen release was under development by Square Enix Montreal, a group that had planned to re-imagine the Hitman brand. The cancellation was spotted by Videogamer, when they stumbled across a LinkedIn profile for senior game designer Richard Knight.

This discovery comes on the heels of a recent announcement from Square Enix that its Montreal division would be working exclusively on iOS and Android titles. The original plan was for the Montreal branch to alternate the creation of the Hitman saga with IO Interactive, the team behind Hitman: Absolution. These two developers would have “traded off” development cycles, much like Treyarch and Infinity Ward do with the Call of Duty series.

Square Enix has never officially announced the cancellation of the next-gen title, but the company did state back in June that IO Interactive would focus "resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise". Square Enix also revealed that IO Interactive was already “in pre-production on a new AAA Hitman project.” Square Enix Montreal is now working on an unnamed Hitman-based project exclusively for Android and iOS.

The good news is that a next-gen Hitman title is definitely in the works, it just won't be developed by Square Enix Montreal. Those of you who enjoyed Hitman: Absolution will probably be excited by this news, as it appears that all future console and PC-based Hitman titles will go through IO Interactive, at least for now.




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Guest said:

So in other words the title of this story is completely misleading? The project hasn't been cancelled, just handed over to a different studio?

Forg0t2 said:

So in other words the title of this story is completely misleading? The project hasn't been cancelled, just handed over to a different studio?

Yeah, that's kinda the whole point of the story. So Hitman fans who read nothing but titles will probably cry for nothing,...

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

So in other words the title of this story is completely misleading? The project hasn't been cancelled, just handed over to a different studio?

The title seems ok because its specifies the project by Square Enix Montreal. The first sentence though seems off considering later in the article it is stated that there is a AAA Hitman title in development. But whatevs! I got the point so it's not like I care.

Guest said:

Not yet, but seems that way, that they will, possible by other Square Enix studio in some place, but not by Montreal.

Bleary Bleary said:

If it's anything like the last Hitman game they should throw the whole thing in the bin.

Guest said:

Agreed. Absolution was a slap in the face to Hitman fans. The next one hopefully shifts away from that PoS.

JC713 JC713 said:

If it's anything like the last Hitman game they should throw the whole thing in the bin.

Yup.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I dunno, I've quite enjoyed all the Hitman titles thus far but Absolution was an unashamedly quick, cheap console port.

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