IO Interactive and WB Interactive teaming up for new PC and console game

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Hitman 2 (2018)

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Hitman 2 (2018) developer IO Interactive has announced a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner Bros. Interactive. The two will be joining forces for the distribution of an all-new upcoming game for both console and PC.

“We’re very pleased to continue our relationship with the talented team at IO Interactive,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “IO Interactive has a longstanding legacy of creating iconic games, and we’re looking forward to partnering on this next endeavour to bring a new console and PC gaming experience to players globally.”

“Over the past few years, Warner Bros. has shown us first-hand that they understand and respect our creative vision, and we’re looking forward to continuing this relationship,” said Hakan Abrak, CEO, IO Interactive. “IO Interactive has a proud history of creating compelling characters and universes for our players to enjoy—it’s in our DNA. As we embark on this exciting project to create a new universe for IOI together with Warner Bros., we’re currently looking for ambitious talent to join our team in our Copenhagen and Malmö studios for this extraordinary journey.”

What game it actually is, is still unclear. IO Interactive is obviously the studio behind Hitman, but it can also count Kane & Lynch, Freedom Fighters, and Mini Ninjas among its output. We’d wager only one of those three 

As much as I’ve enjoyed Hitman these last few years I would personally like it to be a new IP. IO Interactive are fantastic at systems-based design but there’s only so far you can take the Hitman franchise with its current formula. I’d love to see what IO could cook up when given a totally clean slate.

What are you hoping to see next from IO Interactive? Hitman 3, or is it time for something new?