IO Interactive Teases a Return to Episodic Gaming With Hitman 3

IO Interactive has dropped a strong hint that it is working on the third — and final — installment in its Hitman series.

Speaking to Noclip host Danny O’Dwyer in ‘The Fall & Rise of Hitman’ documentary, IO CEO Hakan Abrak touched on the idea of Hitman 3 completing the work set up in 2016’s Hitman and 2018’s Hitman 2.

“The World of Assassination, when that’s complete, it’s gonna be one game with all the locations starting from Paris in Hitman 1 to the last location in Hitman 3, where it’s twenty-plus locations,” he said.

While Abrak didn’t officially confirm the third entry, he did say that it could be similar to Hitman as it “may once again go episodic.”

According to O’Dwyer, the Danish developer has “much of the team […] working on new Hitman content” and is “looking ahead to the third Hitman game.”

He continued: “[…] The majority of the studio — at least here in Copenhagen — is working on something secret and rather excitingly something new.”

Abrak revealed that IO is looking beyond the Hitman series and is “looking into the future with new things and potentially new IPs that we might be working on.”

Hitman was released episodically in 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Unlike the 2016 title, its sequel dropped the episodic format in favor of a fully-fledged release in 2018 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

When Hardcore Gamer caught up with IO’s Christian Elverdam at E3 in 2018, he revealed the decision to leave the episodic format behind was influenced by the player feedback they received.

“I do think that a lot of people were convinced that our live process was cool because they could really spend time in our levels between releases,” he said in our interview.

“At the same time, we heard a lot of people that said they don’t care for this and want the story in its full and hated the wait between episodes.

“So, we worked to find a good middle ground where you get the entire story, but you aren’t getting all the live content right away.”

Hardcore Gamer’s review for Hitman 2 called it the “proper evolution to the Hitman formula” and an “addictive, overly-ambitious sequel.”

For more on the series, check out our review for the full first season of Hitman and our thoughts on the individual episodes below.