It looks like after Absolution IO is handing the franchise over to a new developer.
Overall I feel pretty optimistic about this. IO Interactive has had a good history with the franchise but I am interested in what possible directions a new developer might take the series. This will be the first game developed by Square Enix Montreal, but game director, Karsten Lund, has worked on the previous Hitman games, which makes me feel like this franchise is in the right hands.
I know this is old news but I just found out about it.