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IO Interactive confirms that there's a new Hitman in the works

IO Interactive confirms that there's a new Hitman in the works

"We can't wait to tell you all about."

IO Interactive has confirmed that there's a new Hitman game in the works.

"We're making great progress," IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak said of the next Hitman in a post celebrating the launch of Hitman's Game of the Year edition, "We have exciting new features and some franchise firsts, which we can't wait to tell you all about."

That's all the news we're getting for the moment though it seems, "We don't plan to start talking about that until some point in 2018," explained Abrak.

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Hitman's penultimate Elusive Target launches today

Hitman's penultimate Elusive Target launches today

Their identity is a mystery, and one that changes if you restart.

The Hitman reboot's first season has nearly come to an end with developer IO Interactive releasing its second to last Elusive Target today.

Available for 10 days, this Elusive Target is set in Hokkaido and it comes with a twist: you don't know who you're trying to kill and must discover this information on the field.

Better yet, if you choose to restart the mission (which you can only do if you've not completed any objectives), your target may be a completely different person. So you can't simply restart and go straight for the kill.

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Hitman is ditching its episodic model in two weeks

"These changes will help us to lay the foundations for our future plans."

With the future of Hitman up in the air as Square Enix is looking to sell the series and its developer IO Interactive, the episodic assassination game is changing its sales structure to no longer be episodic.

Meanwhile, Square Enix just reported huge sales and profits

Meanwhile, Square Enix just reported huge sales and profits

FF15 and Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 do well.

Square Enix is binning off Hitman developer IO Interactive, but it's just announced record revenue and profits for the company as a whole.

For the financial year ending 31st March 2017, Square Enix saw net sales of £1.7bn - an increase 20 per cent versus the previous year, with operating income up 20.3 per cent and ordinary income up 22.9 per cent.

Square Enix said the launch of Final Fantasy 15 and the PlayStation 4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider as well as strong download sales of catalogue titles had sparked the increase in net sales and operating income in the area of console games.

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Hitman to add HDR support this month

Except on older Xbox Ones.

Hitman is coming to retail at the end of the month and the game will receive a free update adding HDR (High Dynamic Range) support to Io Interactive's assassination adventure.

Huge Hitman update makes unlocks work offline

Huge Hitman update makes unlocks work offline

"We determine who we are by what we do."

IO is today putting out a big update for the latest Hitman game that makes unlocks work offline.

The update means all unlockable items earned when connected to the game's servers are saved to an offline profile, so they can be used in Offline Mode. This was one of the biggest complaints among players with the game because if the servers were down and you wanted to play offline, none of your unlocks would be available. So, the update is welcome.

Items include all mastery items, so weapons, gear, starting/pickup locations as well as Elusive Target suit rewards and Challenge Pack unlocks. It's worth noting you must be connected to the game servers in order to acquire new unlocks.

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Hitman's complete first season has a disc-based release date

Hitman's complete first season has a disc-based release date

31st January, with a briefcase of extra content.

Good news, boxed games fans: Hitman will launch on a disc with a barcode on it early next year, on 31st January.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can expect to pay £49.99 for Hitman: The Complete First Season. PC players will need to stump up £39.99.

For that, you'll get a Steelbook case, all episodes of the game, the prologue mission, three bonus missions including the upcoming Landslide, a soundtrack, a making of documentary and the Requiem Blood Money pack with classic items.

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Hitman's fifth Elusive Target launches tomorrow

Hitman's fifth Elusive Contract goes live tomorrow, 1st July, at 1pm UK time, and it will remain available for 72 hours.

This Elusive Contract, The Gunrunner, is the first of its type set in the latest Marrakesh map.

Elusive Contracts can only be attempted once, ever, and you can't save during them. Making them even harder, your target won't show up in Instinct mode, so you'll need to keep your eyes peeled to spot them in the crowd.

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Hitman's latest Elusive Contract is now live

Runs through the rest of E3.

E3 is all well and good to get you excited about upcoming games, but if you want something new and exciting to play right now Io Interactive has you covered with an all new Hitman Elusive Contract.

Here's how Hitman's first Elusive Target went down

Including one of the most creative kills we've seen yet.

Hitman's first Elusive Target went live over the weekend, giving players one - and only one - chance to eliminate a certain target. As it turns out, 53 per cent were able to successfully complete the mission.

Hitman's permanently failable Elusive Targets delayed

But two new Escalation Contracts are coming each week.

Hitman developer Io-Interactive is still navigating the waters of how to release a triple A game episodically and we've got some good news and bad news. The bad news first: the much touted Elusive Targets have been delayed until "closer to the planned release of the next episode" in April.

Hitman to release on disc in 2017, plus details of April's new missions

Hitman's Intro Pack hits Xbox One, PS4 and PC tomorrow, 11th March, offering the Paris map and two smaller prologue locations for $15 or £11.99. Already weary of the glitter and clamour of the French capital? Don't worry, the next episode, due in April, sees Agent 47 visiting the quiet Italian coastal town of Sapienza.

Sapienza is a quieter setting but pretty populous, with crowds of tourists milling through its narrow cobbled streets, and shops lining the road from a square higher up the hillside to a large pizza near the beach. Among other structures, you'll get to explore a church, a mansion house and some creepy catacombs. The target is Silvio Caruso, a bioweapons scientist, who operates a secret lab somewhere in the town. Besides killing Caruso, you'll need to get access to the lab in order to destroy a lethal new virus.

The second main location in Hitman's May update is Marrakesh, a city in Morocco. It's much noisier than Sapienza - a Swedish banker convicted of fraud has barricaded himself inside a consulate, prompting angry demonstrations, and to top things off, a general is using this as cover for a coup d'etat.

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Hitman open beta for PlayStation 4 next month

Hitman will be available to try in open beta via PlayStation 4 on 4th March.

The test version will contain the game's Prologue mission, which contains two free-form training targets.

Hitman pre-order customers recently got to try out the level in a closed beta test. Now, anyone with a PlayStation Plus subscription will be able to play.

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The Hitman beta goes live tomorrow

The Hitman beta goes live tomorrow

Here are a few things worth noting.

The Hitman beta launches at 10am on Friday, 12th February on PlayStation 4 and then on PC a week later (as previously announced, the beta isn't coming to Xbox One). Developer IO Interactive has explained how it'll all work in a post on the Hitman website, and a few bits of new information have come to light.

The beta, which weighs in at 4.7GB, includes the Hitman Prologue, which is the beginning of the game. It reveals how Agent 47 joined the ICA and shows the first time 47 meets his handler, Diana Burnwood. There's an intro to the gameplay and its mechanics, as well as two free-form training hits. You can replay each hit as many times as you'd like during the beta period, which lasts for three days - IO wants to encourage experimentation.

This is worth noting: the only way to guarantee access to the beta is to pre-order the game digitally on PS4 via PSN, or PC via Steam. Or, you can pre-order the Collector's Edition. So, pre-orders of the full experience, Intro Pack (Hitman, remember, is episodic), and Collector's Edition, guarantee beta access.

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Hitman's PC system requirements revealed

PC beta goes live next week, on PS4 this Friday.

Hitman's closed beta is going live next week on PC for pre-order customers and publisher Square-Enix has revealed the system specs on Steam. They are as follows:

Hitman beta arrives on PS4 a week before PC

The intriguing new Hitman game will get a beta/demo in February. It will arrive first on PlayStation 4 on 12th February, then on PC a week later on 19th February. There will not be an Xbox One beta. The PS4 and PC beta will be available to those who pre-ordered the game.

The demo is an origin story set 20 years in the past, and shows how Agent 47 - a man with stats "off the charts" and no apparent weaknesses - was recruited into the secretive International Contract Agency (ICA). The mission shows him meeting his handler Diana Burnwood for the first time.

Square Enix also announced that the PS4 version of the game will feature six exclusive contracts dubbed The Sarajevo Six. "These are self-contained contracts that see Agent 47 travel the world in pursuit of six former members of a paramilitary unit called CICADA," says the game's website. "Each target was a private soldier guilty of committing brutal war crimes. Many years later, fate is finally catching up with them."

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Hitman trailer shows off sunny new Sapienza location

Dark alleyways, gloomy buildings, windswept rooftops - Agent 47 is a master of the shadows.

It's about time he got some sun.

The latest trailer for Square Enix's upcoming Hitman title shows off a new sundrenched location, Sapienza, a fictional town situated on Italy's southern coast.

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New Hitman has PlayStation 4-exclusive beta for those who pre-order

IO Interactive's new Hitman game was unveiled during Sony's E3 2015 press conference, and there are a couple of PlayStation-related exclusives tied up in it.

Sony said Hitman is "leading with a digital release", and there's a PlayStation 4-exclusive beta for those who pre-order, as well as six exclusive contracts.

Hitman comes out on 8th December 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. IO said it will make the game available first via direct download, with a staggered release planned throughout 2016.

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