On its twitter feed, Square Enix has made it clear that the new Hitman game is still in development at IO Interactive, although Square Enix Montreal plans to solely focus on mobile platforms.
“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,” a representative for the publisher told the online magazine Polygon.
“We look forward to sharing more details about these titles later this year.”
While the AAA Hitman is still in the making, the next-generation Hitman game has appeared to have been canceled by Square Enix. This other game, announced in 2011, was called a “premium quality” Hitman and it was expected to be Square Enix Montreal’s debut release, although not much details were ever revealed.
Senior designer Richard Knight shared in his LinkedIn profile of (via Videogamer), that the game was formally canceled last year. The canceled Hitman project was tipped to be a reimagining of the series, featuring first and third-person combat, microtransactions and leaderboards.
According to network engineer Anthony Pressacco, the studio is now working on mobile and tablet games, including an unannounced Hitman project for iOS and Android devices. The original Hitman developer IO Interactive was hit by layoffs last year, canceling several projects to focus exclusively on the stealth franchise. The Danish studio is reportedly working on a separate triple-A Hitman game. IO Interactive‘s most recent release was 2012’s Hitman: Absolution.