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Square Enix Montreal to bring “surprises” to Hitman franchise

Friday, 26th October 2012 03:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The first Hitman game to be developed outside of Denmark will throw out some of the franchise’s “holy cows” while retaining its “core DNA” and brining in some entirely new ideas, according to former IO Interactive staffer turned Square Enix Montreal game director Karsten Lund.

Writing on Gamasutra, Lund said the new team at Square Enix Montreal is very excited about the project, and the envy of their colleagues.

“Every time we mention we’re working on the Hitman franchise, we see a smile on our peers’ lips,” he said.

“The Hitman games best represent some of the things that gaming is all about: living, immersive worlds for you to play in, and the freedom to do things your way.

“IO Interactive have been doing a very good job of putting the player front and center and have given us some of the most memorable moments in gaming; emergent stories of how players completed missions shared at the water cooler, this to me is the core DNA of a Hitman game.

“I know how hard that is to create; I was at Io for the last 11 years. Our challenge is obviously to retain that DNA, while establishing ownership in our team and of our game.”

Lund said being a new team on an existing IP brings a “unique perspective”.

“We can revisit some of the ‘holy cows’ from other Hitman games, and ask ourselves why and what in a new way, while creating a new and unique Hitman experience,” he said.

“While I can’t reveal any details right now, I can promise you that there’s going to be some unexpected surprises that will change the way you experience Hitman games. Forever.”

Square Enix Montreal was announced late last year; Hitman is its first project.

Thanks, SplatteredHouse.

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  1. DreamCleaver

    Like Conviction to the original Splinter Cell series? I’m getting a bad feeling about this…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. JimFear-666

    not a long time ago there has been some leak about the “hitman collection hd”
    I guess its that otherwise, i dont have any idea

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Maximum Payne

    Hitman in open world ?
    Like you need first to go to location with boat,car,train what ever, but then you also need to escape vehicle after you kill target and police would make more patrol around the perimeter or closing roads…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. SameeR_Fisher

    Question, Hitman Absolution is being developed by IO, is there another Hitman game being developed in Montreal ?!, or are they the one and the same ?!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KrazyKraut

    a deus ex Vs Hitman spin-off?^^

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    Agent 47 will have hair.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. roadkill

    Like Conviction to the original Splinter Cell series? I’m getting a good feeling about this… :D

    #7 2 years ago