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."

Via The Gaming Liberty

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.