After a fairly lacklustre showing with Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, IO interactive are apparently preparing to develop their most exciting and ambitious project in the studio's history. Could it finally be time for Hitman 5?
Seven new job openings for artists and designers have opened up on IO interactive's official site, all of which are ostensibly for a massive new project that represents one of the most important games in their decade-long history. Here's the snippet for your delectation:
We are looking for an exceptional candidate to join our team as Lead Character Artist to complete one of the most exciting projects in IO Interactive’s more than 10 year history in videogames and play a major part in the games we have in the future pipeline.
Alright then. It's possible that this major new venture could be a third Kane & Lynch title (since Eidos Life President Ian Livingstone has confirmed that the series is "not going to disappear"... regardless of how much we might want it to)- but when it comes to exciting IO franchises, there's only one slapheaded killer that comes to mind.
Rumours about Hitman V have been circulating around the internet for many years, with concept poster mockups fanning the flames back in July. Several unverified sources placed holiday season 2011 as a potential release window- and if Hitman V is already in production, it's possible that this might come to fruition after all. Personally, however, we feel 2012 is a more realistic suggestion.
It's time to have your say. What do you make of this "exciting" new project? Is it time for Hitman V? Tell us in the comments!