New Hitman skipping E3, but here's some concept art

IO Interactive confirms new Hitman title will not be on display next month at industry event; first piece of concept art shows off playable area larger than any from Hitman Absolution.

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IO Interactive's in-development Hitman game will not be on display at E3 2014 next month, the developer confirmed in a post on the game's website today. The studio said it would rather keep working on the game than "divert valuable resources" to show the game before it's ready.

"We've seen a lot of people talking about what we might be bringing to E3 this year. We know the worst thing is to hope for something that doesn't turn up; so we wanted to let you know that our next Hitman is going to be under wraps for a bit longer," the studio said. "We're focusing all of our time and efforts into creating the best possible Hitman game. That's our number one priority and we don't want to divert valuable resources to show something before it's ready."

IO Interactive also provided a status update on the new Hitman game ("We're making great progress," the studio says) and released a piece of concept art that shows off a location in Central Europe. According to IO Interactive, you'll be able to explore the entire building you see in the image, inside and out. For context, IO Interactive says this building by itself is larger than any location in 2012's Hitman Absolution.

Finally, IO Interactive teased that Square Enix Montreal is "pretty close" to announcing not only new updates for mobile game Hitman Go, but also a new Hitman mobile game altogether. "We've been playing it here at the studio and it's a lot of fun," the studio said.

In addition to a new Hitman game, FOX is moving forward on a Hitman movie reboot starring Homeland actor Rupert Friend in the lead role as Agent 47. Friend takes over for Paul Walker, who died in a car crash last year.

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