Hitman 5: Developer CVs all-but confirm a 2011 release. IO Interactive still silent in the face of the obvious

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?


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 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.

Cheers, PlayStation Lifestyle. And thanks also, System Link. 


  • Crypto140 - November 8, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    Is it actualy going to be Hitman 5? Mabey it will be a prequel. That would be chessy, but it could work. Mabey one more game series that hasn't had a game in a few years should make a prequel just to shut some people up. *Cough SlyCooperAndAllOfHisJobsBeforeTheFirstOneBecauseYouActualyWantMeToThinkThatTheviesRaccoonsWasTheFirstHeistTheyPulledOff cough*. Must be coming down with something.
  • ninjastrike34 - November 8, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    YES. And call of duty isn't a cover shooter
  • batmanboy11 - November 8, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    Its about time!
  • kyle94 - November 8, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    They need to make Hitman 5 and Freedom Fighters 2. Goddamn it I want my Freedom Fighters 2! That is honestly one of my favorite games ever. Just plain awesome. Also, I can't believe they broke the cycle! It went Hitman: Codename 47 (2000) Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (2002) Hitman: Contracts (2004) Hitman: Blood Money (2006) NOTHING 2008/2010
  • doominatorx6 - November 8, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    I agree. It's been, what, 4 years since Blood Money was released? I for one want to see everyone's favorite albino assassin return. And after that, Freedom Fighters 2. PLEASE?!?!??!
  • CombatCat120 - November 8, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    Bring back Jesper Kyd for the soundtrack and it'll be a day one buy for me
  • bass88 - November 8, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    May I ask what exactly is wrong with Kane and Lynch 2? People complain about its short length yet it's no shorter than Modern Warfare 2. The other complaint it that's just nothing but cover shooting. Again, Modern Warfare 2 (and almost every shooter today). And others cry about the unlikable characters. I understand that Kane and Lynch aren't the type of guys you invite to a barbeque but isn't that the point? Yes Kane and Lynch are sociopaths but they are human despite popular opinion. Kane was a manipulative bastard in the first game but he was doing it to save his daughter. However, at the end of the game, Kane has a chance to redeem himself by saving his comrades. He risks everything he worked for to save his comrades only to have it thrown back his face. Only Lynch stays with the wounded Kane and Kane's daughter. The world has turned its back on them when they tried to do the right thing so it no wonder they have no interest in others. Kane & Lynch 2 proves that point again. Even though they berate each other frequently, they stick together. Why? Because they have nobody else and deep down they know it. Take the bit where Glazer's gang turn on Lynch. Kane could easily join the rest of the gang and take out Lynch but he remains loyal to Lynch. And let's not forget the moment where Kane and Lynch show some compassion. When they see the multilated corpse of Lynch's girlfriend lying in excrement there is a painful silence until Kane says "Lynch, I'm sorry.... Do you want to talk about it?" While Kane and Lynch never intend on killing people they've always shrugged they're shoulders about the death around them. This scene proves that there is soul somewhere within them and that they still do have a chance of redemption. To me, the Kane & Lynch series major crime is that it doesn't glamorise it's activities. The player isn't some superhero or space marine or top-of-the-world gangster but two flawed human beings. Yes, it's cynical and bleak but so was Silent Hill 2 and we look back on that as a masterpiece. I'm not saying Kane and Lynch 2 was perfect (I did find the cover shooting monotonous and wished they spiced things up with proper stealth and tactical planning. And the ending was a disgrace) but I appreciate it for it's themes. I also realise that some will disagree with its cynical outlook but art was always meant to stir debate. However, if we want videogames to be taken seriously as an artform then we need to appreciate a game's artistic achievements and stop crying when a game offers to show something different from the norm. Methinks people just watched Yahtzee's review and thought they'd be cool if they copied his statements. The way people carry on you'd swear that it walked into your home and pissed on your carpet. But I do agree with the article. I want them to release Hitman 5 next. But I do hope that they don't give up on Kane And Lynch.
  • NeelEvil - November 8, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    Sorry for the double post but i just remembered "This is a very large Casino."
  • NeelEvil - November 8, 2010 2:12 p.m.

    I hope they actually make it hard to get Silent Assasin again, seemed far too easy in Bloodlines.
  • CoryRX8 - November 8, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    I think the spammer getting the first so that no other idiots can claim it is the one good thing that spam has contributed to the world.
  • gunslingerbil - November 8, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    there is something satisfying about shooting a guy in the head and feeding the body to a croc :D
  • pollenski - November 8, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    sigh I want this game already.... and thi4f.... siiiiiigggggghhhhhhh....
  • KevlarTurban - November 8, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    Alright, when a spammer gets first and doesn't even claim it, theres a problem. Second. Love the hitman series!

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