A new location has been revealed for Hitman 3: the Chinese city of Chongqing. The latest city follows the previously announced Dubai and Dartmoor, and benefits from some gloriously pristine next-gen visuals. Alongside this announcement, IO Interactive claim that the game will run at 4K, 60fps, including HDR support. 

In a clip via social media, IO developers give an overview of the development of a game. Beginning from scratch, they use their own in-house engine, Glacier. They’ve updated lighting and reflections, illustrate by Chongqing’s rain-soaked, neon-lit city streets.

IO further discuss the finer details, from rain droplets on Agent 47’s head to his clothes becoming wet. To make the game more fluid and responsive, interactive animation has been sharpened up, while IO seeks to set the bar even higher with their latest work. Take a look at a behind-the-scenes clip from IO.

Last week, IO announced their next project, a James Bond game. The working title is Project 007, and will apparently feature a “wholly original Bond story”, with players having to “earn their 00 status in the very first James Bond origin story.”

Elsewhere, IO Interactive also reflected on the past, as the Hitman franchise turned 20. In a blog post, they highlighted some of the key moments from the assassin series, a journey that started over twenty years ago with the release of Hitman: Codename 47, in November 2000. 

IO say that they’ve “lined up some moments of celebration that will enable us to reflect on what we have achieved over the years and to look ahead at what’s to come in Hitman 3

Hitman 3 is due to release across all platforms from January 20, 2021, including the new wave of next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Series S.