Max Payne 3 is not the only game that celebrates its third anniversary this year. So does Hitman: Absolution. Though unlike Max Payne, Hitman is no longer hiding in the shadows for the cold stealthy killer he is. 2015 is promising to be a big year for the fans of the Hitman franchise. Next to the upcoming movie starring Rupert Friend (Hitman: Agent 47), a new Hitman game was announced at this year’s E3. Both will release before the end of this year.
HITMAN, coming December 8 2015.
Hitman games have always been designed with a mouse and keyboard in mind. While Hitman: Blood Money (one of the best received Hitman games to date) was ported to consoles a few months after its PC release, the game was heavily criticized for having poor controls on those platforms. Blood Money’s successor however, Hitman: Absolution, was the first title to be designed for both PC and consoles. In order to make the gameplay of the series work smooth on consoles, IO Interactive was forced to alter or dumb down some gameplay elements. Fans of the series were not impressed. The game received a polarized reception by reviewers alike.
IO Interactive never made a secret of what their next project would be. They declared in an open letter to their fans that a new Hitman title was in development. It was just a matter of time until it would be shown to the public. That time came to be at this year’s E3. IO Interactive announced HITMAN during the Sony press conference. If you thought 47 looked younger in the picture that accompanied this post then you are correct. The game is no prequel though but rather a “reboot”. An entirely new take on the Hitman franchise, looking to combine all great elements of the previous Hitman titles. HITMAN is a digital release only (for now) and the developers will expand the game with new content over time. Curious how that will work? Then watch this video.
More about the upcoming Hitman movie after the break!