With the launch of Hitman: Absolution behind us and one of our own diligently toiling away at a review for our ever-patient readership, attention inevitably turns to the future. And for IO Interactive’s highly acclaimed franchise, that means a new developer in the form of Square-Enix’s recently formed Montreal studio, not to be confused with their wholly owned subsidiary, Eidos Montreal, developers of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The new studio was made for the express purpose of handling the Hitman IP, but that does not mean that IO is prepared to let it go entirely.
The Official Playstation Magazine UK sat down with Tore Blystad, Absolution‘s director, to talk about the future of the series
“It’s like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward. You have an IP that has been developed. They will feed off each other, as well as some things that stand out. I think with these big franchises it takes a long time to develop just one game. If you can, work a little bit in parallel at least and help each other out.”
Blystad looks to the positives letting development go to Montreal would have for 47, saying that “rather than doing the same thing again you get another take on the character from a fresh perspective”.
But Blystad isn’t completely without reservation
“Well there are talks between us and of course it has to be somewhat in sync but it’s the first time you could say Hitman has gone out of the house. Luckily it’s with someone we know. Some of the key developers came from IO and have been working on previous games so it’s not like it’s in completely new hands”.
As for IO, it seems that some of the team have already begun production on another project, but Blystad is not revealing the nature of that project yet.