With the release of Hitman: Absolution, developer IO Interactive has stated that all future games in the franchise will be developed by two teams, alternating between them.
Hitman: Absolution director Tore Blystad said to Official Playstation Magazine: “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 have 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.”
This means there will be another development team taking on the series for the first time. Blystad then went on to say “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.”
It is a different approach and it suggests that Square Enix will be releasing many sequels. We will need to wait and see what it all really means, and if Hitman will become like the Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty franchises, releasing a game every year.
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