The Future of the Hitman Series

IO Interactive have released an open letter which states the future of the Hitman series. In the letter they have confirmed that they are building the next AAA Hitman game on next-gen consoles and PC. 

In the next game you will experience a globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career – the apex predator stalking his prey across the world, with the support of his long-term handler Diana Burnwood and the whole of the ICA.

The game concentrates on the core Hitman fantasy of using a wide range of tools to take out a diverse group of targets across expansive, exotic locations around the world. We are building this game on the backbone of the Glacier 2 engine, using the best parts and what we have learnt through Hitman: Absolution and drawing inspiration from past titles like Contracts and Blood Money to fulfil the core Hitman fantasy. That means we’re packing in an extreme level of detail on the largest levels we have ever built for a Hitman game. We’ve adopted an open, non-linear level design approach to the game, ensuring the game will play out across huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels. Our aim is to create living, breathing and believable levels which will allow gamers to play around with the AI to create those unique moments every fan of the Hitman franchise loves.
— IO Interactive


Contracts Mode is back – you will be able to create and build challenges by experimenting with the large levels and possibilities within them. And of course, you can share them with the world and challenge your friends or foes to complete your hits. Your rules, your Contracts.

IO Interactive have also removed 47’s magic pockets. They haven't elaborated on this, but that can only really mean that you can't bring an unrealistic amount of weapons out in to the mission without a place to put them. It will probably be far more difficult to hide weapons now, too. You will probably need a holster or pocket for each item. That, or 47 will be getting a style upgrade with a briefcase or backpack, but that is far less likely.

There will be more information soon.