Next Hitman game to be developed by Square Enix Montreal - Report

Hitman: Absolution director Tore Blystad said Agent 47's next outing will be developed by Square Enix Montreal; said the move marks the first time the franchise has "gone out of the house".

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Hitman: Absolution developer IO Interactive has confirmed that the next instalment in the franchise will not be made in-house.

Speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine, Absolution director Tore Blystad said that Agent 47's next outing will be developed by Square Enix Montreal.

"It's like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward," Blystad told the publication. "You have an IP that has been developed. They will feed off each other, as well as 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."

According to Blystad, the new game will be a chance for a fresh perspective on the franchise. While it will be entirely in the hands of Square Enix Montreal, IO will reportedly monitor its development along the way.

"We've been talking about these similarities to some of the big movie franchises, like Aliens, where everyone's doing it their own way. Every time someone gets their hands on a franchise, they do something different."

For more on Hitman: Absolution, check out GameSpot's review.

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neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

This is one of those things that will be understood and accepted by most developers and looked badly upon by most gamers.  I wonder how many people take the time to think about how bored an individual can get with the same topic/environment for months/years on end. fresh perspective and variety are both good things if they can execute it well. I welcome this news. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

Maybe they can visit Ubisofts' Montreal studio to find out how to make a good game, while they're at it.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

But...Square Enix has sucked for the last decade or so. Why is this being touted as a good thing?

brxricano
brxricano

Enough talk I\O. Give me Freedom Fighters and go somewhere. Dammit I love that game.

eva02langley
eva02langley

Square is at Montreal? Well, now I am impressed.

MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

Square Montreal definitely knows what it's doing. In all honestly, I secretly think they will do a better job than the original team.

alex_1889
alex_1889

The engine's there -- it looks great, runs great and provides all the elements you'd require for a great game. All the developers need to do now is create the recipe, and that was already done in Blood Money. Not a job that's hard to screw up.

toshineon
toshineon

I hope they won't do to Hitman what they did to Final Fantasy.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

Why not. I don't see why not. Always give a chance.

wyan_
wyan_

oh god why...

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

could be good or terrible, i am not sure...

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

Square Enix Montreal created Deus Ex Human Revolution right ??

ziproy
ziproy

This is the death of Hitman. 

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Probably a good idea. Too much of the old games is missing from this one. I miss the syringe, the empty hideout to decorate with collected guns, etc.

bhmg
bhmg

Hitman: DeusEx...interesting...

Robertle419
Robertle419

Well I find Absolution a good game because it brought a different perspective of how you got to beat the unlike other games you usually have to beat one way and I find it great that there is gonna be another Hitman game because for us gamers I just find that new IP develop so there for gaming system was worth the keeping  

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

omg you fing hypocrites all i see with this game is blood money there are stillt he same mechanics in the game except for shopping for upgrades in between.  Seriously people need to stop treating games like politics and stop adding BS and whining.   You have no entitlement to how a game should be made, if you want that type of entitlement go make your own damn game and see how ha

 

Seriously everyone here needs stop complaining about small crap.  Don't give me the "companies want our money bs"  thats turning into a dumb excuse, and being used unjustly just so people have a reason to hate.   Like it or not people hate triple A titles and big gaming  companies just to look cool and fit in with society.  Bunch of fing hispters.

 

Remember when gaming use to be fun and no one nitpicked about every little dumb thing.  I do, and thats why i play games TO HAVE FUN. But then again im talking to a bunch lemming, hypoctrical, bigoted, puppet, robots who'll believe anything the internet , tv, or have one person make up their opinion for them rather then them making their owne opinions.   The term I use for you people in denial is, holocaust denier.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

Let's see how it turns out. I hope they don't change the game too much otherwise...well you know the drill by now.

d_train73
d_train73

Is Square Enix Montreal a rebranded Eidos Montreal? I'd rather they devote their resources to another Deus Ex if one is to be made

killip
killip

 @Vodoo There was nothing wrong with Absolution. Minus some hideous a.i issues -more noticable on hard difficulty- and the A to B stealth missions, it was an excellent title.

blackfire
blackfire

@crunchb3rry same here, also miss the option to choose loadout before missions. I hate if I have on a certain outfit it don't carry over to the next level in the same location graphics and controls are good but bloodmoney is the better game IMO.

Bombardist
Bombardist

 @Robertle419 Just mkaing sure, you do know there were other hitman games right, like i also like this one, and find it very good, but the others brought the same thing to the table so, im really just recomending you play them if you haven't.

jessica73
jessica73

 @Albelnox0 You don't even have loadouts for the levels, so buying upgrades only usable in contracts would be pretty damn strange. Since you see so much of Blood Money in Absolution, maybe you can direct the rest of us to the open levels where all the non-linearity is located? Maybe the disguises that aren't busted and actually work are there, along with shotguns that magically don't fit in your pockets

original_elite
original_elite

Wow you're stupid. Seriously you are so delusional it's not even funny.

 

" You have no entitlement to how a game should be made"

 

- Umm yes we do. We're the ones who spend our hard earned money to buy these games. We have every right to complain about them. 

packtop
packtop

 @d_train73 

They are both owned by square, but they both work on different games.

gun_blade25
gun_blade25

If it is, I seriously hope they don't outsource the boss fights.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @jessica73 You should play Hitman 2 you'll go bonkers with the difficulty in that game. Heck you'll probably rage quit.  And sorry linear does not equal a bad game.  I still like my 2d mario.  But this ain't Skyrim. Even in blood money after knowing how the different way to kill each target you'll know what to do, heck in contracts there's no really other way to do things once you know how to do them.  Big levels does not equal good too.  For me what matters is that im having fun.  You can nitpick all you want, but im not wasting time complaining how a game wasn't like the last.  You still have options on how to kill people,, disguises, exc..  All thats missing is your skyrim open world that you want from blood money.  That alone is a stupid reason to hate the game. its dumb.  Why hate the game based on one little nit picky issue.  If you want freedom to roam play GTA, Elder scroll.  And if you don't like absolution just go back and play blood money problem solved.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

 @original_elite No. Spending money on a game is your own decision, no one's forcing you to buy a game. If you go buy a book, read it, hate it, it's not the writers fault that you bought a book without checking the reviews first. You're not entitled to ANYTHING on how that book should've been written. You can complain, but you're not entitled to shit.

pezzott1
pezzott1

 @original_elite video games are products. When you buy one the idea is that you are interested/attracted to that product so if many buy, the logical thing for them will make more like it ( milk the franchise ). 

You buy because you want that product... not because they begged you to. So when a developer grows thanks to our "hard earned money" is because they did a good job with the product, not because people gave them their money in a favor. 

So no... You are not entitled  to anything other to the option to buy or not the game.

Feedback is a way to make your voice be herd but its not like you can do much. ;)

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @original_elite No you do not, Developers work hard to make those games, especially now how hard it is to keep a dev team still working.  Count how many dev teams have been lost the past couple of years.  ALOT.  You have no right how to tell people how to do their job.  You spending your hard earn cash is your risk and responsibility not developers.  If you don't want to waste your money maybe you should stop gaming entirely and be more responsible with your live.  But then again who am I to tell you how to live your life RIGHT.

jessica73
jessica73

 @Albelnox0 I've actually beaten Hitman 2. And the detection range in disguise is still not as horrible as this game, and that game had the Japan levels... Though I  hear a patch is in the pipe for it.I didn't say I hated the game, I hate that for every nice improvement like the graphics (PC anyway) and gunplay, it takes gigantic steps back from what Blood Money brought.

Bombardist
Bombardist

 @Albelnox0  @jessica73 Lol i remember attempting to play through the first level of that game when i was like 9 or so it was crazy

 

Fenixx
Fenixx

 @Albelnox0

 The gaming industry was hit a bit hard with the economy problems and that's why a lot of people were laid off or companies were flat out closed.  If you also look at the games that have been released in the past few years, maybe 80% of them suck.  Again it comes back to pleasing your fans.  People have been asking repeatedly for certain features to be in some games, but instead of listening, developers continue to go ahead with their own ideas and then complain later on when people aren't happy with their product.  They have nobody to blame but themselves.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @Fenixx Yes THAT might be easy, but making sure your product sells, keeping up with sale numbers, and making sure you don't go bankrupt is the difficult part.   Again, maybe you need to learn how to read, but look at how many staff members in the gaming industry got laid off the past few years.    Once the main boss see's that your game is doing poorly, thats it man either you'll get lucky and they'll give you another chance, or you're busted.

Fenixx
Fenixx

 @Albelnox0  I can see you're a bit clueless when it comes to game development.  It's not as hard as you might be thinking it is.  It's very time consuming, but if you know what you're doing then it's definitely not hard work.  I've done a bit of it so I kinda know what I'm talking about.

 

Also people have the right to complain about a game not being what it is that they might want.  It's true that developers are making their games with their own ideas and stuff, but any good developer will listen to the fans and take into consideration things that they want.  Afterall, it's the fans that are buying it and putting money into their pockets so it's only logical to try and give them a product they will be happy with.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @tmacman  I here by admit of my insanity to saying that developers shouldn't submit to the public.  That they should pursue their creative dreams of making video games that THEY'VE been wanting to make. And not what the public wants them to make, because the public does not know what they want.  If they do get what they want they become hypocritical and  criticize developers on things that were put in the game for them.  So I here by declare myself insane under tmacman's reign for he is king of developers, and should tell developers how to do their job.   Long live king tmacman king of the developers.

tmacman
tmacman

 @Albelnox0  @original_elite Poor you, you still don't get it, you want to tell people they have no right to be critical because game development is hard work, whereas that is about as much of an excuse as telling a teacher not to give you an "F" on an essay because the essay was hard, and that I find to be flawed logic. It probably won't matter to you now since I'm seeing what your comments are becoming, devolving into straight name calling and how how you've not even thought about my exaggerations further than face value and written them off as whining, it's a shame really. You'll probably reply with simply repeating the same point with no counter argument like an insane person, or you might prove me wrong, but I no longer have time for this discussion which is starting feel like I'm batting ideas off a wall here.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @tmacman  @original_elite I didn't know whining was part of intelligence, you are correct sir.  You want diapers to go with that happy meal btw.

tmacman
tmacman

 @Albelnox0  @original_elite I'm flip on serious mode for a second, I realise game development is not easy work (in comparison it's a cake walk to many jobs, or are you just depressed game developer), but you telling me I have no right to be critical makes me become critical of your intelligence, as I have demonstrated in my previous comments.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @tmacman  @original_elite Sorry bro but if you deny that devs don't have it hard, have to keep up with expectations, sales, exc. you sir are what i call a "holocaust" denier

tmacman
tmacman

 @Albelnox0  @original_elite Oh no man, I'm agreeing with you, they're right up there with the holocaust survivors, all they've been through and thats why I have no right to be critical or I shall be line up against a wall and shot, Mr. North Korean diplomat.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @tmacman  @original_elite Hey if you can do better man instead of sitting here and complaining in a site, get a kick starter.  Prove that you're better and that you have "entitlement"

tmacman
tmacman

 @Albelnox0  @original_elite awwwwww it's such a tough industry where people are critical, those poor game developers, you know what, lets start up a charity for game devs, screw make public holidays for them, and in fact they should get their special minute of silence on that day where we can remember all their sacrifice. BAWWWWWW, poor guys.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @tmacman  @original_elite and its exactly ignorance, and people who think like you that are making the game community look like a bunch of spoiled brats.  Yes game developers work hard on the games they make, if you don't like then make your own game, start your own dev team, and see how hard it is to keep up with the industry.  I doubt you'll even make a dime, you'll be stumped even before you start.