David Bateson, the voice actor who plays Agent 47 in Square Enix and IO Interactive's Hitman series has mentioned Hitman 5 in an interview, but came short of confirming the game.
Asked about Hitman 5, Bateson said: "I have to plead the 5th Amendment on this one. I am under contract not to say anything. There have been delays. However, like I said earlier, if the artwork is anything to go by... brace yourself!"
Speaking more generally about the series, he added: "For all the kind things that have been said, I am truly thankful. That kind of dedication and appreciation of the game deserves repayment... with an even more gob smacking instalment in Hitman 5. I don't envy IO Interactive for the pressure they must be under to deliver. I am utterly convinced they will!"
While Bateson mentions Hitman 5, he doesn't confirm its development, only that fans deserve a fifth game in the series.
This morning IO's Twitter added: "While Bateson's comments are flattering, they are a surprise - we are currently not working on projects with him."
It's almost certain we'll see IO return to Hitman in the future, but the studio has more recently been putting the Kane & Lynch franchise first.
However, IO appears to have shot down the suggestion of a game with Bateson, meaning we could either be looking at a new voice actor for the role of Agent 47 or development of Hitman 5 is yet to begin.