It's only been a week since everyone's favorite bald assassin, Agent 47, returned to our screens (and consoles) in Hitman 3, the long-awaited conclusion to the World of Assassination Trilogy. However, developer IO Interactive have already reported that the game, which currently features six assassination missions as well as the ability to import levels from Hitman and Hitman 2, has been a massive success.

Reportedly, Hitman 3 has already made back its development costs only one week after coming to a number of platforms including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Stadia and PC.

Hitman 3 was the first title in the series to be self-published by IO, who had previously partnered with publishers Eidos Interactive, Square Enix and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

In a statement to GamesIndustry, IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak credited the game's success to passionate fan support as well as the close collaboration between the publishing / marketing and development / creative departments. He described the project as "a labor of love" and was extremely pleased with how the game has been performing so far.

When asked what could be in the future for IO, Abrak did not state anything definitively, but did confirm that the company would be able to work on more "ambitious plans for future projects" thanks to the financial success of their latest Hitman title. Fans are definitely hoping to see more of Agent 47 in the coming years.

Hitman 3 received generally positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised its writing and world-building. Fans found it a satisfying conclusion to the previous two games in the World of Assassination trilogy, which saw 47 and his handler Diana facing off against the powerful Providence organization.

Have you been enjoying Hitman 3? What bizarre kills and disguises have you pulled off as Agent 47 travels around the world? What sort of games would you like to see from IO Interactive in the future? Let us know!