Yesterday it was revealed that a new Square Enix studio was set up in Montreal to develop a new Hitman . The new Montreal office opens its doors in 2012 and will be headed by general manager of Square Enix London Studios, will head up the studio.
Eurogamer now report that a trusted source of theirs has told the site that the new Hitman game is for next-gen platforms.
Three developers are reportedly moving to Montreal from Denmark to work on the game that will start as soon as Square has recruited a capable team.
Studio Head Lee Singleton explains:
“We’ll only turn the production taps on when we’re ready, and we’re clear on exactly what we are building.”
“Our process follows best practice, and we will only go into production once we’ve build a robust and fun vertical slice that shows the necessary production metrics we need to plan out the full production.”
Singleton added that this doesn’t mean the Hitman franchise is being taken away from IO entirely, but that Square Enix Montreal will work in step with IO Interactive so both studios can contribute to the Hitman franchise in the future.
“We will increase the frequency of game releases, but we have no plans to migrate the franchise to Montreal in its entirety,” he said.