Hitman: Absolution Summary
Sing for absolution…
The next Hitman is in progress at developer IO Interactive who have just blogged their first tease for the game, and have released a concept artwork of a game level located in Central Europe.
The huge building in the image is "larger than any location" in Hitman: Absolution, and fully explorable inside and out. IO will be keeping it "under wraps for a bit longer" with no E3 showing.
Publisher Square Enix is discounting a number of PC titles with Steam keys through their digital storefront this weekend in celebration of the Easter holiday. A bunch get their price tags halved, including Thief.
There's also Tomb Raider GOTY edition, The Last Remnant, Final Fantasy VIII, Hitman: Absolution and even Urban Chaos. Each use Steamworks to deliver the goods.
Fans of 2012's bald assassin simulator Hitman: Absolution will find a new contract added to their game, specific to each platform version of the game.
Update: Square Enix issued a statement this morning to explain the confusion that has come out from Richard Knight's LinkedIn profile that suggest a next-gen Hitman title had been cancelled. Square assures us that this isn't the case, and that Io-Interactive is developing a new AAA Hitman game that will be coming to PC and next-gen consoles at an unknown date.
Here's the full statement: "There's a bit of confusion around the Hitman projects currently in development at Square Enix owned studios and so we wanted to take the time to clarify what each studio is working on to clear up some of this confusion. Io-Interactive is developing a new, AAA Hitman game that will be coming to PC and next-gen consoles and Square Enix Montreal is fully focused on mobile development of games some of which are related to the Hitman franchise. We look forward to sharing more details about these titles later this year."
There's doings afoot. Square Enix has filed the paperwork to register more trademarks for Eidos properties Deus Ex and Hitman. Their names are open to significant interpretation to our delight/despair.
Hitman Sniper for instance sounds like a continuation of the surprising hit (get it?) that Sniper Challenge proved, which was just fancy marketing for Hitman: Absolution.