Hitman 5 set for 2010 release

Written by Joe Martin

June 29, 2009 // 12:18 p.m.

Tags: #agent-47 #eidos #film #goovie #hitman #hitman-2 #hitman-5 #io-interactive #olyphant #stealth

Reports have started to surface that IO Interactive's new Hitman game, which is currently unnamed and known only as Hitman 5, will be out next year and could arrive alongside a new Hitman film too.

Refuting some rumours however, IO Interactive has promised that the movie and the film will not overlap at all and that gamers can look forward to playing with Agent 47 as they've always known him, not as he was reimagined for Hollywood.

Released in 2007, the Hitman film starred Timothy Olyphant as the enigmatic 47 and was produced by Luc Besson. Despite being almost universally panned by critics the film has been quite successful for 20th Century Fox - grossing more than $100 million USD on a budget of just $30 million USD. Yesterday Kyle Ward was revealed as working on a script for a sequel.

IO Interactive has been keeping pretty quiet about Hitman 5, but took the chance to distance itself from the film when rumours started flying that the movie and game would tie in together.

"I can tell you that there is no way we will be basing a storyline for a new Hitman game on the story in a licensed movie," a IO Interactive community manager said in a statement to Kotaku. "That's just not how we work so you shouldn't be concerned about that."

Sounds good to us, as we're big fans of Hitman here at bit-tech.net - especially Hitman: Blood Money and, while we actually thought the film was fun in a mindless kind of way, having the game tie-in with a sequel would probably be A Bad Thing.

Or would it? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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