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Hey, IO Interactive. I have a question for you. If a good and trusted friend were hosting a dinner party, and they were trying out a new recipe, but it turned out shit, would you be happy to go round a few weeks later so that they could have another go? Maybe. They're your friend after all. But what if several weeks later they tweaked and fiddled with the seasoning and garnish and improved it ever so slightly, but it still remained ultimately shit? Wouldn't you ask them to drop it for the next party and go back to the tasty tasty food they made the first time you went around?
How about if it became increasingly apparent, during your trips to the kitchen to aquire more booze, that they had all the necessary ingredients for the good stuff already in stock ? And that they'd been recently been leafing through the recipe? Wouldn't you start to become frustrated with your friend?
HEY, IO INTERACTIVE. STOP DICKING AROUND WITH KANE & LYNCH AND ADMIT YOU'RE MAKING HITMAN 5.
Above: Oh really, IO?
We know it's happening. There have been too many rumours, too many stories of glimpsed production notes in your studios, and above all else, too much common sense in the idea of a proper, current-gen Hitman game. And now even your own developers have admitted to working on it. They've even told us when it's coming out.
The details, as ever in cases not involving Amazon.com release schedules, come from a set of LinkedIn profiles. Three ex-IO staff - Animator Damien Simper, Programmer Theo Engel-Nielsen and Producer Rasmus Hoejengaard - have added Hitman 5 to their online CVs (although Hoejengaard has since removed the information). One of them even mentions working on a new version of IO's Glacier Engine, the tech that has powered every Hitman game to date. Kind of makes sense that they'd want to show off their first new tech in years with the first proper current-gen outing for their flagship series, no?
Hitman 5. 2011. Mark it in your diaries people. Because it's surely happening. IO won't admit it. Square-Enix won't admit it. But it's surely happening. I just wish IO would deign to make our wait a bit easier by giving us a few real details to get excited about.