IO Interactive are working on a new Hitman game. These are great news for anyone who was a little worried about the future of the newly independent studio.

“One last thing about our next Hitman game,” CEO Hakan Abrak wrote while celebrating the release on Hitman GOTY Edition. “we’re making great progress and we have exciting new features and some franchise firsts, which we can’t wait to tell you all about.”

Apparently, IO Interactive CAN wait to tell us about this new Hitman game. “You’ll have to wait a little longer as we don’t plan to start talking about that until some point in 2018,” Abrak concluded his post.

This new Hitman game will be the first game the studio released after re-claiming its independence from Square Enix earlier this year. While it’s been a tough time for IO, they seem to be recovering.

In the same post, Abrak reveals that Hitman 2016 has just passed 7 million players since its launch. Now, that doesn’t mean 7 million people bought the entire season, but its still a very nice number. If you’re still not among those 7 million people, I recommend you join in. Hitman is a really fun and challenging game, and just might be the best one in the series.

The newly released GOTY Edition is a good opportunity to do so. It includes all the episode released so far, and adds Patient Zero – a new campaign with 4 new missions.

If you already own the full season of Hitman, you can upgrade to the GOTY edition for around $20, depending on how many episodes you already own.

Whether you’re interested in the GOTY Edition or not, the news of a new Hitman game are definitely good. I’m glad to see IO Interactive are still supporting one of my favorite franchises of all time. Now all we need is a new Kane & Lynch game, and we’re golden.

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