IO Interactive has moved to dampen speculation that it's hard at work on a fifth game in the Hitman series.
Last week David Bateson, the veteran actor who has voiced Agent 47 in every Hitman game to date, told gamers to brace themselves for the as-yet-unannounced but "gob smacking" Hitman 5.
"I don't envy IO Interactive for the pressure they must under to deliver," but "I am utterly convinced they will," he said.
IO has since published the following Tweet: "This is rumor control. While Bateson's comments are flattering, they are a surprise - we are currently not working on projects with him."
Reports have claimed that Hitman 5 will see deadly baldy Agent 47 "at a low point" and trying to build himself back up psychologically and physically to reclaim his mantle as the world's most feared assassin.
The game's not expected to hit retail shelves until "Christmas 2011 at the earliest".