Square Enix Montreal's Next-Gen Hitman Project Canned According to CV
Written Monday, January 06, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Agent 47's next-gen outing has apparently been cancelled, according to the LinkedIn profile of Senior Designer Richard Knight, which lists his role on the next Hitman game, with a note next to it claiming its been binned.
“Senior Designer – Hitman Project (Next-Gen Consoles/Current Gen/PC) – Cancelled,” reads Knight's LinkedIn CV. Square Enix had decided to shift its focus to mobile games in mid-2013, leaving Hitman effectively in limbo. There's very little detail on the next Hitman game, beyond it being confirmed in November 2011 under development at Square Enix Montreal as the studio's first game.
According to the profile of another Senior Designer at Square Enix Montreal, the new Hitman was to be a "re-imagining" featuring both third and first-person combat. Meanwhile, the LinkedIn CV of Network Engineer Anthony Pressacco suggests that the game would have included microtransactions and online leaderboards.
Pressaco states that the studio is now working on an "unannounced Hitman game" for Android and iOS. IO Interactive had been downsized earlier in 2013, with the studio's focus to be solely centred upon Hitman titles. It was thought that Square Enix Montreal and IO would alternate between triple-A Hitman titles.
Square Enix has yet to offer any official comment on the status of the next Hitman.