Hitman 3 director departs IO to lead Crysis 4 development

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Crysis 4 might still be a long, long way from touching down, but today brings some interesting news from deep within the corridors of Crytek. It appears that IO Interactive’s Mattias Engström, who acted as game director on the excellent Hitman 3, has joined Crytek to lead development on the sci-fi shooter.

“We are happy to announce that Mattias Engström, known for his work as Game Director for Hitman 3 at IO Interactive, joins the Crysis family as Game Director for the fourth installment in the Crysis franchise, starting this week,” revealed Crytek on Twitter, essentially rearranging the exact same words from my first paragraph. That’s kinda cheeky.

Engström has more than proved their worth in the field of game design, having created many of Hitman‘s memorable and varied sandbox assassination locales. Prior to this, Engström also worked on level design for Ubisoft hits Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Far Cry 3, so they are well versed in creating immersive and atmospheric worlds… and then filling them with things to kill. It will be disappointing to see Engström duck out, as they would have been very welcome on set for Project 007, but I’m sure the talented team at IO will continue their fine work.

Crysis 4, first revealed in January of this year, is still believed to be in its early development stages. As such, it is unlikely that we will see the franchise return for another couple of years. Regardless, Crysis is known for always making a tech-shattering impact upon its arrival, so it will be exciting to see what Engström and Crytek are able to bring to the PC and next-gen console party.

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse