Montreal Hitman “another take on the character from a fresh perspective”, IO on “new project”
Hitman: Absolution director Tore Blystad has shed a little light on the next installment for the franchise. Talking about how 47′s next adventure is being developed by Square Enix Montreal instead of IO, Blystad said, “It’s the first time you could say Hitman has gone out of the house”.
New Hitman’s long distance relationship
The only hard fact we have on the new game is from a statement issued when the Montreal studio was opened stating it would be, “a new premium quality game in the award-winning Hitman franchise”. The move to a second studio however seems to be a natural progression. “It’s like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward,” says Blystad. “You have an IP that has been developed. They will feed off each other, as well as somethings 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”.
Whatever the new studio is creating it sounds like a few new ideas are on the way according to Blystad. “We’ve been talking about these similarities to some of the big movie franchise like Aliens, where everyone’s doing it their own way. Every time someone gets their hands on a franchise they do something different. So rather than doing the same thing again you get another take on the character from a fresh perspective”.
That said IO are still protective of their antihero. “There’s a lot of these problems you encounter with these sort of productions, some of them are really fundamental problems, or they have a big effect on the game – like how you do a mechanic for instance. If you change a mechanic too much then the whole gameplay will be modified”. While the new game is all Square Enix Montreal’s own work, Hitman’s home team is keeping an eye on them. “Well there are talks between us and of course it has to be somewhat in sync but it’s the first time you could say Hitman has gone out of the house,” says Blystad. “Luckily it’s with someone we know. Some of the key developers came from IO and have been working on previous games so it’s not like it’s in completely new hands”.
And what about IO? Any plans on the horizon for team Hitman? “Some people have already moved on to a new project. I think they felt a little bit flushed they just got mown straight in production again”.
He’s not saying what, obviously.