Xbox One Hitman was reported to be canceled yesterday due to disappointing sales and the layoffs at IO Interactive, a partner of Square Enix. This is not true, however. The bald assassin whose name we still don’t really know (we call him Agent 47) will be coming to PC and next gen consoles after all.
While the sales of Hitman: Absolution were less than impressive, the thinking man’s assassin is still coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
With the lack of staff to work on it, though, can Agent 47 ever take the spotlight back from Ubisoft’s line of heroes featured in the Assassin’s Creed series? Ubisoft has shown a level of attention to detail that nearly rivals that of Rockstar, even polishing it enough to make it fun to play long after you’ve beaten it. Hitman never really hit superstar status with its unassuming all-business character in the suit and tie.
A spokesperson from Square told the press about the future of PS4 and Xbox One Hitman yesterday:
“There’s a bit of confusion around the Hitman projects currently in development at Square Enix owned studios and so we wanted to take the time to clarify what each studio is working on to clear up some of this confusion. IO Interactive is developing a new, AAA Hitman game that will be coming to PC and next-gen consoles.”
— Adrian Millington (@a_millington) January 7, 2014
The same spokesperson added, “Square Enix Montreal is fully focused on mobile development of games some of which are related to the Hitman franchise. We look forward to sharing more details about these titles later this year.”
With the reduced staff after laying off nearly half of them last year, IO Interactive could be looking at some extensive production time if they want to deliver a quality product with PS4 and Xbox One Hitman. Hopefully they can fix what held back Hitman: Absolution.
Can Agent 47’s adventures ever outshine Assassin’s Creed?