If one of the games you’re hoping to see revealed at the upcoming E3 convention is the next entry in developer Io-Interactive and publisher Square Enix’s Hitman franchise, that’s sadly not going to happen.
Since revealing in an open letter that they were in fact working on a next-gen follow-up to the excellent Hitman: Absolution, Io has continued to craft away. They’re not, however, at a place where they’re ready to start showing off their work yet, which is totally understandable. Thankfully they wanted to at least offer a little something to hold fans over, releasing the first bit of concept art for the game (which looks closer to a screenshot) and some information related to the area seen in the image that will give you an idea of just how big the next game will be.
You can read what they had to say and see the first peek at the currently untitled next Hitman game below.
Here’s the full update on where the game stands, followed by the concept art:
Since we posted our open letter back in January, we’ve had our heads down working on our next Hitman game. So you’ll have noticed that we have been pretty quiet, but we wanted to give you a short update about a few things.
First up, we’ve seen a lot of people talking about what we might be bringing to E3 this year. We know the worst thing is to hope for something that doesn’t turn up; so we wanted to let you know that our next Hitman is going to be under wraps for a bit longer. We’re focusing all of our time and efforts into creating the best possible Hitman game. That’s our number one priority and we don’t want to divert valuable resources to show something before it’s ready.
The good news is we’re making great progress with building exotic and expansive locations for the new game. To give you an idea of what we’re aiming for, here’s the first piece of concept art from the game. This location is set in Central Europe and you’ll be able to explore the entire building you see in the image, inside and out. For a sense of scale, the building on its own is larger than any location in Hitman Absolution.
As we move through the year, we’ll have some details to share with you and we’ll keep you posted right here on the blog. We will only lift the lid on the game once we feel we’re ready to. In the meantime, we’ll continue to answer as many of your questions as we can both in the forums and on Twitter.
On a separate note, we were happy to see so many of you enjoying Hitman GO from our friends at Square Enix MontrÃ©al. They’re pretty close to announcing new details about upcoming updates for GO as well as the first details about their second Hitman game for smartphones and tablets, we’ve been playing it here at the studio and it’s a lot of fun. Anyway, we’ll let them be the ones to tell you about it, so stay tuned for a blog post from them soon.
Thanks for your dedication, let’s stay in touch.