As per the title; do you think IO will abandon Hitman now that they’ve got a similar, more popular franchise to make games for?
As an IO fan, I’m glad they got a big name franchise like James Bond, but as a Hitman fan, I’m a little disappointed that this may be the end of 47.
We don’t actually know how Project 007 will play, but you can bet your house that it will borrow heavily from Hitman. 007 will likely have the same gameplay engine and share a lot of the mechanics from our favourite bald-headed elimination simulation: sandbox levels in swanky, exotic locations whilst you infiltrate and do spy stuff. Bond and 47 are, on the surface at least, quite similar.
The Bond name alone will also mean that Project 007 is likely to sell far better than Hitman ever would. If 007 is successful, IO may make a trilogy of it, which would take up their time for many years and completely supplant the need for Hitman.
The impression I got from Hitman 3 is that IO only did it as they were obligated to finish the WoA trilogy. That they were ‘over’ Hitman and wanted to fully devote themselves to 007. Again, this is all speculation and I hope I’m mistaken, as Hitman deserves to shine bright with the best of them.
What does everyone else think? Am I just being paranoid?