That's according to IGN courtesy of one Danny O'Dwyer.
In a new episode of the NoClip video game documentary, host Danny O’Dwyer visited IO Interactive’s office in Copenhagen to find out how the studio was able to survive a dramatic 2017 where parent company Square Enix tried to sell the studio.
“Hitman is a trilogy. There’s a bright future – there’s this full realization of the whole World of Assassination that we’re looking towards as well,” Abrak says. “The World of Assassination, when that’s complete, it’s going to be one game with all the locations starting from Paris in Hitman to the last location in Hitman 3.”
While this isn’t a confirmation that Hitman 3 is in active development, Abrak and O’Dwyer speak freely about a third Hitman game towards the end of the episode, signaling that it’s at least in the cards for IO Interactive. But first there’s the matter of a new IP.
“The majority of the studio, at least here in Copenhagen, is working on something secret, and rather excitingly, something new,” O’Dwyer says. “We are still very much independent. We are looking into the future with new things, potentially new IPs that we might be working on,” Abrak adds.
So I guess it'll be a few years before Hitman 3 comes along, but it's at least a good sign that Hitman 2 is doing well enough to make IO confident that they'll be able to turn it all into a trilogy. I guess that'll also depend on how well the new IP does as it seems like every huge expenditure like that is kind of a make or break decision for a smaller developer like IO.