Square Enix Montreal's next-gen Hitman reportedly canceled, publisher responds [UPDATE]

Publisher provides statement clarifying the matter.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Square Enix representative provided a statement to GameSpot on the matter.

"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 and Square Enix Montreal is fully focused on mobile development of games some of which are related to the Hitman franchise," the representative said. "We look forward to sharing more details about these titles later this year."

The original story is below.

Square Enix Montreal's next-generation Hitman game has been canceled, according to the LinkedIn profile of a senior game designer at the studio. This project was originally announced as part of the outfit's inception in November 2012, though no details about it ever came to light.

Videogamer, which spotted the LinkedIn page, also found that another developer's resume claims Square Enix Montreal is working on a new Hitman game for iOS and Android. We have reached out to Square Enix for comment, but haven't heard back at press time.

Hitman fans needn't take the news as all bad, however, as another "AAA" Hitman game remains in development at series creator IO Interactive. This game was in pre-production as of June 2012 and its current development status is unknown.

The most recent core Hitman game was November 2012's Hitman: Absolution. For more on that game, check out GameSpot's review.

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Because the world needs more phone games, apparently...ugh.

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I'm gonna have to say, I'm enjoying the hell out of Infinty Blade III.....

....on the subway ride to work.

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Have you seen mobile game sales lately? Totally digital with no overhead or distribution? A developer would be a fool to not be developing mobile games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>Good short term return on investment, bad long term customer returns.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>On that note, more people need to know about Barcode Kanojo.

You can make Pringles-chan your waifu. :3

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<< LINK REMOVED >>You can't really use Angry Birds as an example. Angry Birds and a few other noteworthy (now franchise) mobile games are sort of their own thing and more the exception than the rule. There are literally thousands of mobile games out there, most of which you'll never here about because they do just so so. Taking a franchise that is known outside of mobile gaming first and making a phone game iteration (which I can't think of a single instance of which that has created even a decent game) doesn't seem to work. It alienates actual fans of a series for the way it gets portrayed and people that aren't fans won't care enough to purchase.

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Bad long turn returns? Angry Birds is consistently in the top ten. If you make a quality title, they will come.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>I'm looking at it from the perspective of someone who dislikes mobile games i.e. my own, not theirs. If we follow what's good for them, we should be happy if the market becomes completely filled with copies of COD.

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So they cancelled the game that people honestly give a **** about in favor of an iOS/Android game. Yet another brilliant business decision SquEnix... At least there is still a next gen game in development with IO Interactive. I think they did a good job with Absolution so fingers crossed for a solid next gen title.

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Well I play Hitman 4 on my ps3 and I got say there was nothing wrong with it and it really didn't sell.

So really maybe they got cold feet and cancelled the game but its silly because a hitman mobile game wont work so really it will lose money.

Edios will lose money over theif and mobile hitman game so really goodbye Edios.

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You really don't know anything about the mobile market - or the gaming industry since Eidos doesn't exist anymore.

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Just so I'm clear, because I'm not sure I'm reading the article right. The Hitman for iOS and Android is still a go but the real one is canceled?

Someone please call me a moron and explain to me how I'm reading that wrong. I don't want to live in a world where this BS happens.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>You're reading it wrong. The Montreal game got cancelled and the iOS game is being turned into a dating sim.

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At one point there were two Hitman games in production and 1 additional mobile game, now there is just one hitman and 1 mobile game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>you're the moron, he was simply asking a question

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@nocoolnamejim No. IO are still working on theirs. There's also an IOS game. The other one being developed by the Montreal team is canned.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> shit happens in the real world