The recently rebranded Hitman 3 (with the trilogy now collectively known as Hitman - World of Assassination) might be the last time we see the heroically impassive Agent 47 for a while. Developer IO Interactive confirmed that the series would be taking some time off while the studio focuses on its now deep-in-development James Bond game.
In an interview with Eurogamer, the chief creative officer and co-owner of IO Interactive, Christian Elverdam, says that "right now a major, major new Hitman game: that's a little bit on hiatus."
Elverdam continues, explaining that "we're building another agent fantasy [James Bond] that's also taking up a lot of our time. But obviously we'll come back to beloved Agent 47. He's still very much in the heart of this company."
It's lucky, then, that there is so much work already waiting for aspiring assassins, with the monstrous Freelancer update likely to keep you busy with the many and varied approaches available to budding operators.
Will you miss Agent 47 while he takes some much-needed R&R? Avoid detection as you make your approach to the kill site, AKA the comments section below.