It's time to switch things up for the iconic Agent 47.

IO Interactive developed Hitman: Absolution , which just hit store shelves this week. But the next iteration in the acclaimed franchise will be handled by Square Enix Montreal, with IO sort of monitoring the progress.

This according to what Absolution director Tore Blystad told OPM ( via GameSpot ). This marks the first time the series has "gone out of the house:"

"It's like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward. You have an IP that has been developed. They will feed off each other, as well as some things that stand out. I think with these big franchises, it takes a long time to develop just one game. If you can, work a little bit in parallel at least, and help each other out."

Blystad added that letting the Montreal team work on a new Hitman will give fans a "fresh perspective," which ought to be intriguing. Now, the die-hard franchise followers might be a little skeptical but remember, aren't we talking about the same team that produced the excellent Deus Ex: Human Revolution ? If so, I'm perfectly willing to give them a crack at Hitman .