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Hitman 3 development “is well underway”

Developer Io Interactive has had a significant share of ups and downs since the episodic relaunch of Hitman back in 2016, but it’s brought us a pair of world-class sandbox games that you should really be playing. While the studio has suggested that Hitman will continue, its focus has been on a new IP – and now, the devs have finally confirmed that the next chapter for Agent 47 is in development.

“After 13 months of full-time support and content for Hitman 2,” Io says in its November roadmap, “we’re now at a place where we are looking increasingly to the future. In real terms, we’re moving more and more of the Hitman 2 team to join the next Hitman game, which is well underway.”

The devs have recently said that “Hitman is a trilogy,” and they’ve been talking about carrying levels forward into a big number of new games since before Hitman 2 was even out. Yet they’ve been cagey about actually announcing their plans for Hitman 3 – and while they still haven’t actually said that title, this is by far the clearest indication that the game’s actually coming.

But the other side of this news is that Hitman 2 updates are coming to a close. You can read the full roadmap on the official site, but the November update will be the game’s “final major patch,” and new content updates will end in December. Some seasonal content will return permanently next month, but in 2020 the updates will be all about featured contracts, and the return of old elusive targets.

You’ll still have plenty of time to catch up on all that content – since development has just now been announced, do not expect Hitman 3 soon.

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