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First Hitman next-gen concept art released, E3 showing not planned

IO Interactive has released the first concept art for its next Hitman game.

The studio said in a blog post: "This location is set in Central Europe and you'll be able to explore the entire building you see in the image, inside and out. For a sense of scale, the building on its own is larger than any location in Hitman Absolution."

IO also suggested that the game won't be making an E3 appearance next month.

"We've seen a lot of people talking about what we might be bringing to E3 this year. We know the worst thing is to hope for something that doesn't turn up; so we wanted to let you know that our next Hitman is going to be under wraps for a bit longer.

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"We're focusing all of our time and efforts into creating the best possible Hitman game. That's our number one priority and we don't want to divert valuable resources to show something before it's ready.

"The good news is we're making great progress with building exotic and expansive locations for the new game. As we move through the year, we'll have some details to share with you.

"We will only lift the lid on the game once we feel we're ready to. In the meantime, we'll continue to answer as many of your questions as we can both in the forums and on Twitter."

IO Interactive announced the first details about its new Hitman game in January. In development for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, the title will star a globetrotting Agent 47 in the prime of his career, fulfilling contracts across "huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels" with the support of the ICA and long-term handler Diana Burnwood.

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