Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda has said that the next Hitman won’t be an Absolution-style audience expansion project.
Annouced in January, the new Hitman will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC exclusive and is the story of a globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career. Agent 47 will be able to stalk his prey across the world, with the support of his long-term handler Diana Burnwood and the whole of the ICA. This game is obviously set prior to the setting of Hitman: Absolution.
Matsuda said that:
“The development team for Hitman: Absolution really struggled in this regard. They implemented a vast amount of ‘elements for the mass’ instead of for the core fans, as a way to try getting as many new players as possible”
Now, I am not part of the core fan club, since I have only played Hitman: Absolution. In fact, Matsuda stated that:
“What makes the Hitman series good is its appeal to core gamers, and many fans felt the lack of focus in that regard, which ended up making it struggle in sales”
Fans of the series will be pleased to hear that in relation to the AAA titles that Square Enix are currently developing for the Hitman series, they are intending to go back to the roots and focus on the core audience. They want the avid fans to say things like ‘this is the Hitman we know’.
Square Enix plans to reveal additional details on the game later this year.