IO Interactive Hitman Online Fantasy RPG 1

IO Interactive, the Danish developer behind the Hitman franchise, has announced its oft-rumoured online fantasy RPG project – but the jury’s still out on whether it’ll come to PS5. To be clear, this title has been a source of speculation for several years now, although originally it was believed that Microsoft would publish the game on Xbox on PC. However, there’s no mention of any target platforms (or, indeed, publishing partners) in the studio’s blog post.

“Now we are sharing with all of you that we are embarking on a new adventure,” the message reads. “One that expands our creativity, our capabilities, and in some sense our identity. We are building a new world, a new IP – an online fantasy RPG. A world and a game built from the core to entertain players and expand for many years to come. It feels familiar, yet at the same time IOI is going on a journey unlike any we have been on before.”

The studio mentions that development will be shared across its many teams, including those in Copenhagen, as well as Malmo and Barcelona. “All studios take part in making all our games, including this new endeavour,” it adds. “People from all over the world with diverse personalities and skillsets are coming together to forge a new beginning.”

It concludes that it’s at the “start” of its journey, suggesting development is still very much in its infancy. This is one of those announcements designed to drive recruitment, much like with IO Interactive’s other upcoming James Bond title. In the meantime, we’ll try and get confirmation on whether Microsoft is publishing this game, or if it’s even targeting PS5 at all.