Hitman Absolution


Digital FoundryHitman: Absolution Console Performance Video

Sustained frame-rates across a range of scenarios in this analysis of Hitman: Absolution on Xbox 360 and PS3.

Digital FoundryHitman: Absolution PS3 vs. PC Comparison Video

The Sony platform compared to the PC game in this head-to-head video.

Digital FoundryHitman: Absolution Xbox 360 vs. PC Comparison Video

The console version faces off against a PC game featuring a number of visual enhancements and quality boosts.

Digital FoundryHitman: Absolution Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 Comparison Video

Close conversion work between the two console platforms on Agent 47's return.

Key events

20th November 2012

Face-Off: Hitman Absolution

18th November 2012

Hitman: Absolution review

25th January 2012

New Hitman novel announced

There's a new trailer for the Hitman: Agent 47 movie

A new trailer has been released for Hitman: Agent 47, the upcoming movie reboot set to star Homeland's Rupert Friend as your favourite bald assassin.

The film looks like it will feature some familiar outfit-swapping and dual pistol shooting sequences - as well as some wonderfully clunky video game-style dialogue.

The new footage also includes a look at the characters played by Star Trek's Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Game of Thrones' Ciarán Hinds (Mance Rayder).

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First next-gen Hitman details revealed

First next-gen Hitman details revealed

Huge, checkpoint-free sandbox levels, globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career.

In the next Hitman game, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, you play a "globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career", developer IO Interactive has revealed.

In an open letter to Hitman fans, the studio said we'll see Agent 47 "stalking his prey across the world" with the support of his long-term handler Diana Burnwood and the whole of the ICA.

The game revolves around the "core Hitman fantasy", the studio said, and is built on the Glacier 2 game engine, using "the best parts and what we have learnt through Hitman: Absolution and drawing inspiration from past titles like Contracts and Blood Money".

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So, what's going on with Hitman?

IO working on PC and next-gen game. Montreal making mobile.

After the release of Hitman: Absolution - a game that failed to meet Square Enix's lofty sales expectations - and layoffs at developer IO Interactive, the future of Agent 47 was cloudy at best.

IO Interactive cancels everything that isn't Hitman, including Kane & Lynch

Hitman developer IO Interactive has announced that it's laying off "almost half" its staff to "focus resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise."

In a statement obtained by Eurogamer, Square Enix VP of corporate communications Chris Glover said, "The studio will focus resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise and is in pre-production on a new AAA Hitman project. However we have taken the difficult decision to cancel other studio projects and initiatives at IO and reduce the workforce in this studio, which will impact almost half of the employees currently at IO, as we make internal adjustments to face the challenges of today's market."

"For those affected, we are extremely grateful for the hard work which they have contributed, and where it's possible and appropriate to relocate staff to open positions at other studios within the group, we will try to do so. We are also reaching out to other companies for outplacement opportunities. We sincerely wish them well in their future careers."

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Square Enix thought Tomb Raider could sell nearly double its 3.4 million first month sales

Square Enix thought Tomb Raider could sell nearly double its 3.4 million first month sales

Find out by how much Hitman Absolution and Sleeping Dogs failed to hit targets, too.

Tomb Raider publisher Square Enix has revealed that its internal sales expectations for the game's first month were nearly double its eventual 3.4 million haul.

The company thought its Lara Croft reboot could sell at least 5-6 million units in four weeks - a huge figure, but a total still designed to be conservative, just "80-90 per cent" of what Square Enix thought was the game's real sales potential.

It's clear that Tomb Raider fell short vastly of what Square Enix wanted, even without that extra 10-20 per cent.

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Hitman HD Collection release date finally set for February

Square Enix's long-rumoured Hitman HD Collection has finally been unveiled (surprise!) for release on 1st February 2013.

North American gamers get the release on 29th January.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 pack will contain previous games Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman 3: Contracts and Hitman: Blood Money.

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UK chart: COD Black Ops 2 holds off Hitman: Absolution

Epic Mickey 2, Family Guy, PlayStation All-Stars flounder.

Hitman: Absolution has been held from the top spot in this week's UK all-formats chart. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 continued its reign on top despite an 87 per cent drop in sales from last week.

Why are we stuck with games being released on a Friday?

An investigation into the origins, arguments and potential for change.

For as long as most folk remember, games have launched on Fridays in the UK and on Tuesday in the US. That's the way of things. Sometimes they converge for a glitzy worldwide launch but mostly they don't - they stick to the norm, and Europeans wait.

Hitman: Absolution review

Hitman: Absolution review

Brave and bald?

Agent 47 doesn't begin Hitman: Absolution with amnesia, but the six years that have passed since we last took control of him in Blood Money do seem to have dulled his creators' recollections of what made him so popular in the first place. Hitman: Absolution is a slick, responsive and mechanically confident game - and on occasions it's one of the most satisfying stealth games in a year that already includes Dishonored - but a range of compromises to Hitman tradition mean it's still going to rub some people up the wrong way.

Hitman is a simple concept: someone gives you a target, or targets, and you take them out. The genius of it is the way the designers let you do that. It's not just about deciding whether to sneak past people or get into a gun-fight - it's about slowly tracking the movements of people through large environments and observing the ways you can manipulate them and their surroundings to bring about their downfall. Perhaps you place explosives where you know they'll wander, or maybe you arrive just in time to nudge them over a railing into a deserted alleyway, and often you do all this dressed in borrowed clothes that conceal your identity from all but the most detailed investigation.

Hitman: Absolution includes all of that stuff, and on the higher difficulty levels it leaves you to figure a lot of it out on your own. You sneak or roam in disguise through police stations, courthouses, dilapidated mob-run hotels, maize-covered farmland, factories and science labs, teasing out details about your target from overheard conversations and useful objects left on shelves or in poorly guarded rooms. Then you formulate a plan and try to pull it off. If you're new to the series or just a bit rusty, you might begin by simply trying to find a few moments alone with your target and your trusty fibre wire, but before long you're on the lookout for more elaborate and creative executions: self-immolation, industrial accidents, tainted drugs and the sudden, unexpected failure of previously reliable overhead rigging.

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Hitman Absolution's clever Contracts mode is a "reverse murder mystery"

IO demonstrates this year's smartest multiplayer idea at the Expo.

Torben Ellert and Christian Elverdam from IO Interactive demonstrated the Contracts mode of Hitman Absolution to a rapt audience of murder simulation fans at the Eurogamer Expo this evening - describing the player-created assassination challenges as "a reverse murder mystery".

Hitman Absolution level changed due to negative nun trailer reaction

Hitman Absolution level changed due to negative nun trailer reaction

"How could we not see this happening?" director wonders.

Hitman Absolution has been tweaked after negative reaction to the game's all-guns-blazing PVC-clad nun trailer.

The teaser video saw Agent 47 mercilessly assassinating a troupe of killer nuns. Hitman's trademark stealth gameplay was nowhere to be seen.

"The Saints trailer is based on a level within the game," Hitman Absolution director Tore Blystad told Eurogamer at Gamescom today. "One way to go about that level is to go in all-guns blazing, but of course, it's not the smartest way.

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Hitman: Deluxe Professional Edition announced

Hitman: Deluxe Professional Edition announced

Includes 10" Agent 47 statue.

Hitman Absolution is to receive yet another special edition on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The Deluxe Professional Edition adds a collectible 10" vinyl statue of Agent 47 and comes with everything else available in the game's already-announced standard Professional Edition.

That includes a hardcover art book, a making-of DVD and an unlock code for the game's Agency Gun Pack DLC.

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Hitman Absolution Preview: Classic Hitman Returns

For much of the build up to 47's return IO Interactive and Square Enix have blushed and hidden behind a marketing plan whenever awkward questions like "Is there actually any proper Hitman?" crop up. This has been a shame. Linear stealthing past roaming ultra-sweary gangsters in libraries and orphanages is fine and dandy, but it's not why we love Hitman. Neither, incidentally, are sequences in which 47 performs a series of full-frontal takedowns on a squad of bondage death-nuns.

Hitman is about taking the time out to watch who goes where, and who does what. It's working out how to get into buildings; who you steal clothes from, what you're carrying and where you've stashed your weaponry. It's about dressing as a clown and amusing yourself by pushing council workers into dump trucks. It's about best made plans going very wrong, and having to shove bodies into cupboards to cover your tracks at the very last minute.

Let's hold hands and offer a votive of thanks, then, that Square Enix has finally let us play something that's proper Hitman. This Chinatown execution isn't as playful or colourful as Hitman sandboxes gone by, but it still features a multitude of ways to off your target.

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IO: Hitman Absolution gameplay videos don't tell the whole story

Hitman: Absolution IO Interactive has promised hardcore stealth fans they will find the gameplay they know and love from the series - and that the videos and trailers released so far do not tell the whole story.

Absolution trailers and gameplay videos have thus far shown Agent 47's more murderous side in action sequences clearly inspired by Naughty Dog's best work. In one video, Hitman goes on a murderous rampage in a Chicago library - killing scores of cops.

This is not the Hitman of old, some of the Hitman purists groomed by Blood Money claim. But according to IO producer Luke Valentine, Absolution offers the best of both worlds: action focused gameplay and bitterly difficult, hardcore stealth. And veteran Hitman fans shouldn't be fooled by the marketing.

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Hitman Sniper Challenge: Premeditated Murder

Does Agent 47's pre-order bonus put a bullet in the head of traditional game marketing?

A smartly dressed figure sits on a rooftop, cradling a powerful rifle. There's an open-air party on top of the building opposite: a helicopter lands, and a VIP gets out, flanked by a small army of bodyguards. Our mysterious observer raises his weapon, his bald head leans into the scope revealing the barcode tattoo on the back of his skull. Aim. Squeeze. Fire.

Hitman: Absolution release date announced

Hitman: Absolution launches on Tuesday, 20th November, Square Enix has announced.

The news comes as Danish developer IO Interactive announced Hitman: Sniper Challenge, a standalone shooting game granted as a pre-order bonus. That launches next Tuesday, 15th May.

Hitman: Absolution is the first Hitman game in six years, and is built using IO's own game engine, Glacier 2. It stars Agent 47, who once again must skulk about taking out marks. Or just shoot everyone in the face. Your call.

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IO confirms Hitman: Sniper Challenge with trailer, screenshots

IO confirms Hitman: Sniper Challenge with trailer, screenshots

Standalone experience free to all who pre-order Hitman: Absolution.

Danish developer IO Interactive has announced Hitman: Sniper Challenge, a standalone experience free to all who pre-order Hitman: Absolution.

Sniper Challenge sees Hitman crouched on the roof of a building, overlooking the Chicago skyline. In the distance is another building. On the roof is a crowd of people partying. Guards are on patrol all around. The mark is Richard Strong Junior, the CEO of a weapons manufacturer called Stallion Armaments. Agent 47's job is to eliminate Strong after he arrives on the roof in a helicopter, all of his guards, and, if possible, without causing a fuss, within a 15 minute time limit. All with sniper shots.

IO producer Luke Valentine told Eurogamer Sniper Challenge is a thank you to all the fans who have waited so long for the next Hitman game - the last game in the series, Blood Money, launched six years ago. And despite it offering a glimpse at Absolution, Sniper Challenge is entirely independent of that game, indeed it offers players the first chance to play any kind of experience built using Glacier 2 - IO's ambitious new game engine.

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Hitman Absolution: Professional Edition announced

Hitman Absolution publisher Square Enix has revealed the game's Professional Edition, a limited edition version of the game available on all three formats - PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Included is a copy of the game in a clamshell box, a hardcover art book, a making-of DVD and a code to unlock three in-game weapons.

The in-game content, named the Agency Gun Pack DLC, offers advanced access to weapons provided by Agent 47's Agency, all of which offer upgraded laser sights or silencers.

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New Hitman novel announced

New Hitman novel announced

Bridges the gap between Blood Money and Absolution.

A new novel based in the Hitman universe arrives in bookshops this Summer, franchise custodian Square Enix has announced.

Authored by Raymond Benson and published by Del Ray and a, it's titled Hitman: Damnation and takes place between 2006's Blood Money and the forthcoming Absolution.

The plot sees Agent 47 tasked with assassinating various high-level US political figures. However, he smells a rat and is duly plunged into a web of lies, deceit and murder.

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Agent of Change: Hitman Absolution Preview

Here's the scene; an orphanage, on a dark and typically stormy night. Blood runs through the corridors, and fresh corpses pile up by the walls. In the nursery, under bright birthday bunting, there's a lullaby of screams as a guard strapped to a wooden chair is slowly tortured.

Meanwhile, a silent killer picks off his prey one-by-one. At one moment in this violent game of hide and seek, a brightly coloured beach ball rolls silently past - at another, with one more victim dispatched, the body's hidden in a nearby ball-pool. It's an orphanage, but with the body count tick-tick-ticking ever upwards it may as well be an orphan factory.

For all the concerns about Hitman: Absolution's grittier, more action-led take on Danish developer IO Interactive's bloodthirsty mascot, it's most definitely retained its line in jet-black humour. "We tried to take it out of Absolution in the beginning," says game director Tore Blystad, a man that, despite being in charge of one of the medium's most notorious killers, can't hold back the widest and most infectious of grins, "we wanted it to be more serious, so this humour had to go. But then it crept back in, so we had to embrace it. It's one of the fundamental pillars of the game."

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Hitman: Absolution Returns

Lead producer Hakan Abrak on hardcore achievements, online and more.

With Hitman: Absolution, Danish developer IO Interactive is crafting a darker, more personal story than fans are used to. But, more controversially, it's also crafting a more cinematic experience, with plenty of action and shooting. At least, this is what it looks like IO is crafting.

Hitman has difficulty just for hardcore

And stealth assassin achievements/trophies.

Hitman: Absolution features a difficulty level designed specifically for veteran fans of the series, and will reward those who play the game as if they were playing past entries in the franchise.

IO aware of Hitman fan feedback

Absolution lead discusses new direction.

Hitman: Absolution developer IO Interactive is listening to fan feedback on the latest installment in its assassin franchise, but refuses "to be dictated to".

Hitman: Absolution

Costume drama.

The art of quietly skulking in the shadows, treading softly and waiting in the wings for a stealthy kill has become incredibly loud over the past few years. Since 2006's Hitman: Blood Money, Arkham Asylum lent the stalk 'em-up genre the gravitas of an icon as well as a handful of new ideas. Meanwhile, last year's Splinter Cell: Conviction turned Sam Fisher into a primitive, snarling action hero.

IO clarifies Hitman: Absolution difficulty

Core fans have nothing to worry about.

Hitman developer IO Interactive has clarified comments made last week suggesting the next game in the series, Hitman: Absolution, will be easier than past entries.

Square Enix blames bad year on FFXIV

And a "weak" console performance.

Square Enix is blaming a bad year on a "weak" console performance; the "continued delay in billing" for embattled MMO Final Fantasy XIV Online; the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan; and the write-off of goodwill - i.e. companies bought by the publisher now not being worth as much.

New Hitman: Absolution details

New Hitman: Absolution details

"More stylised, serious, darker."

The main villain in Hitman: Absolution is Blake Dexter, played by Cowboys & Aliens star Keith Carradine.

Agent 47's handler is Diana Burnwood, played by White Collar's Marsha Thomason. Diana is said to have a "close relationship" with Agent 47, Hollywood Reporter revealed.

"Diana is 47's only true human contact," Thomason said. "They've known each other an extremely long time, and in the Hitman world, she is what Q is to James Bond. So she sets the assignments, tells him where to go and who to kill."

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Hitman 5 teaser trailer unleashed

Hitman 5 teaser trailer unleashed

UPDATE: First plot details inside.

UPDATE: Hitman 5 is indeed called Hitman: Absolution. According to the official blurb: "Hitman Absolution follows Agent 47, a cold blooded assassin, who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he trusted and hunted by the police, he finds himself at the centre of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world, in his search for the truth."

Absolution has been built "from the ground up" by IO Interactive using its new proprietary Glacier 2 technology. "Boasting a cinematic story, distinctive art direction and highly original game design, Hitman Absolution combines much-loved classic gameplay with completely new features never seen before in the Hitman franchise," Square Enix said.

"For the first time we are taking Agent 47 on a personal journey which allows us to explore other parts of the Hitman fantasy," said game director Tore Blystad. "This is both a familiar and yet significantly different experience from other Hitman games; something our silent assassins will relish, as will all those new to the Hitman world."

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Square trademarks Hitman: Absolution

Official Hitman 5 title revealed?

The forthcoming Hitman sequel reportedly in development at IO Interactive could be called Hitman: Absolution, judging by a new trademark listing filed by publisher Square Enix.

Agent 47 voice actor confirms Hitman 5

Agent 47 voice actor confirms Hitman 5

IO surprised by comments.

The voice actor who plays Agent 47 in the Hitman series has only gone and confirmed the heavily-rumoured Hitman 5.

"I have been overwhelmingly gratified and humbled by the sheer dedication to the Hitman franchise that the fans have expressed," David Bateson said in an interview with The Gaming Liberty.

"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!"

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Kane & Lynch dated

Plus Lara and Agent 47 chatter.

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men will be released on 23rd November in Europe following a 20th November launch across the pond.