The next Hitman game, which is being developed not by series creator IO Interactive but by Square Enix Montreal, looks set to offer a "fresh perspective" on Agent 47.
Established this year, Square Enix Montreal has been tasked with building "AAA games for tomorrow's audiences", with its first project "a new premium quality game" in the Hitman franchise.
IO's Tore Blystad, director of the just launched Hitman Absolution, told OPM of the new dual Hitman studio set-up: "It's like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward. You have an IP that has been developed. They will feed off each other, as well as [have] some things 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.
"We've been talking about these similarities to some of the big movie franchises like Aliens, where everyone's doing it their own way," he added. "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".
Blystad also said that some of the key developers working on the new Hitman game moved from IO to Square Enix Montreal, "so it's not like it's in completely new hands".
In CVG's 9.0 Hitman Absolution review Andy Hartup said of the latest series entry: "Feels like 'proper' Hitman, mixed with new ideas of varying quality. Crucially, it's great fun, and you'll want to play Absolution through more than once."