Hitman next-gen: Square Enix Montreal’s project cancelled, according to CV

Monday, 6th January 2014 11:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Hitman was getting a mobile and next-gen offshoot courtesy of Square Enix Montreal. According to the LinkedIn profile of senior designer Richard Knight, the game has been assassinated.

UPDATE: Because some people have taken this to mean the Hitman series has been cancelled in its entirety, IO’s community manager Travis had this to say on Twitter:

Now you know.

There’s also the little matter of this new Hitman project from IO Interactive.

ORIGINAL STORY: Videogamer spotted something was amiss on Knight’s LinkedIn CV, which lists his current role as, “Senior Designer – Hitman Project (Next-Gen Consoles/Current Gen/PC) – Cancelled.”

He now lists his role as, “Prototyping games in short dev cycles for Tablet devices.”

It’s also believed that the game would have featured microtransactions and online leaderboards, according to the LinkedIn profile of network engineer Anthony Pressacco. He has stated that the studio is now working on “unannounced Hitman game” for mobile formats.

Rumour had it that Square Enix Montreal’s Hitman title was called Hitman: Guns & Souls, according to a trademark filing in Japan. Hit the link to see it.

What do you make of the above?



  1. FlyBoogy

    After Absolution I dont even care

    #1 12 months ago
  2. absolutezero

    Funny that because after Absolution I would love to see what another developer could do with the series because IO clearly have no fucking idea what to do anymore.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Demigod

    Certainly would have been nice to have a game where you are a hitman rather than a strange chase movie with bad American stereotypes and bondage nuns for no god darn reason.

    Blood money with decent controls and a semi open world would be nice

    #3 12 months ago
  4. salarta

    I have never cared about Hitman and that will probably always remain the case. :)

    #4 12 months ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    More dumb prioritising from Square-Enix. :/ Like az, I was looking forward to some new hands on Hitman after what was delivered in Absoiledlution.

    It’s especially annoying, because when it was first revealed that the new studio was working on a “Next Gen Hitman” – much like with Rainbow 6, actually – they were hugely enthusiastic, looked ready, and they clearly had something planned and it all seemed really good. In the end: A footnote on some CV. :(

    #5 12 months ago
  6. Mus42

    Yeah the last one only sold in the millions, best cancel the series…

    #6 12 months ago
  7. tezzer1985

    Looks like no one cares it’s canceled…shooker

    #7 12 months ago
  8. sb319

    Absolution was fantastic, you’re all drunk.

    #8 12 months ago
  9. The_Red

    Was Absolution that bad? I thought it was decent or at least ok. After the news of Splinter Cell BlackList’s under-performance for Ubi, I fear we may be losing both franchises.

    #9 12 months ago
  10. Francis O

    Absolution was ok, but lacked soul. I don’t know what else they can do with this franchise other than nicer graphics.

    This new game was going to have microtransactions….uhhh. I don’t know, Absolution didn’t meet sales expectations on a install base of over 100 million + PC.

    Square Enix might be making a good business decision on this one.

    #10 12 months ago
  11. The_Red

    Wow, Hitman was getting micro-transaction? Then HELL YEAH for the cancellation. They could make the greatest game of all time but if it is full priced and has micro-transactions, then it can go and f*** itself.

    As for a future Hitman, I still think they could have done a whole lot more than just upgraded visuals. There are a ton of cool things that they could achieve in the stealth genre. The problem is that all classic stealth franchises are distancing themselves from the roots and going the COD way.

    #11 12 months ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    @Red Aren’t you possibly jumping the gun without first knowing what the microtransactions would have been for – additionally, of course, both Tomb Raider (a lot) and HA (much less) featured microtransactions. Now, how did Blacklist do…What were Ubi’s expectation compared to the actual sales of the game. Did it do disastrously?

    #12 12 months ago
  13. Dave Cook

    Guys, IO has just told me that the series as a whole has not been cancelled. Just this game.

    Now you know.

    #13 12 months ago
  14. absolutezero

    Next up Kane and Lynch 3 : The Game no one asked for.

    Th…thanks IO

    #14 12 months ago
  15. SplatteredHouse

    @13 Well, that’s okay then! As long as we only have to look forward to the next game from the group that think stealth can be achieved by placing a newspaper over one’s face, without regard to the rest of a scene, and its occupants. So, no. That’s not good. They’re better to hand it off to someone else

    Except, of course, they tried that already. (that shot miss you, Dave? Damn, it wasn’t meant for you! :o )

    #15 12 months ago
  16. absolutezero

    Oh shit someone from IO is reading our comments quick SH say something profound!

    #16 12 months ago
  17. Francis O


    I just think Microtransactions are bad for the gaming industry. It makes developers design games differently.

    For example, in a game a developer might want to give you a certain new power or gun at the beginning of a level. But when you have microtransactions in mind, they might not give you that gun at level two, and instead offer it as a microtransaction early, eventually offering that powerup or gun at level 5 instead.

    Developers want to bait you into buying unloackables.

    I think that’s why I have like Nintendo games this generation. I don’t have to EVER worry about Microtransactions, or day one DLC.

    You get a ton on content on disc. Developers really need to phase MicroTransactions out of games completely.

    #17 12 months ago
  18. Erthazus

    Absolution was a weak game. So nothing to worry about.

    I like Hitman, but the last game was just… Okay.

    #18 12 months ago
  19. AsianGameing

    time to move on , bring some new ip and new idea PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZ :(

    #19 12 months ago
  20. AsianGameing

    time to move on , bring some new ip and new idea PLZ :(

    #20 12 months ago
  21. SplatteredHouse

    I’m not against a change in direction for the series, but expectations need to be properly set. Giving us a trailer like that, and then delivering what they did was disingenuous. To the point where I’m only counting on GAMEPLAY from them in future.

    #21 12 months ago
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    #22 12 months ago
  23. SplatteredHouse

    That trailer’s still great. I’d rate it as best of the generation. You understand so much about the Agent 47 character just by watching it. It has good structure. There’s no text, but afterwards you get the character. Unfortunately, I don’t really think he was there in the game.

    #23 12 months ago
  24. sb319

    Not sure @21 understands the meaning of the word “disingenuous”.

    The game was great, not much different from Blood Money except in positive ways like streamlining the experience and reducing the map-watching stuff.

    #24 12 months ago
  25. SplatteredHouse

    I believe it to mean presenting something entirely at odds with what people had been led to expect, in this case.

    #25 12 months ago
  26. Rockstar Vienna

    I’m a huge fan of the franchise. Absolution was definitely different but nevertheless a good game! I want more on the PS4! :D

    #26 12 months ago
  27. Agt_Pendergast

    They need to fix the disguise system, get better levels, drop the bloom effects and make it about being a ‘Hitman’ instead of being ‘on the run man’.

    #27 12 months ago
  28. Stardog

    Good riddance. Absolution was trash.

    Add it to the list of games ruined by consoles.

    #28 12 months ago
  29. noobman

    How could it possibly be ruined by consoles?

    #29 12 months ago

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