Hitman: Sniper Announced – Launching Later This Year

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Square Enix Montéal has announced “Hitman: Sniper”! It’s a free-to-play  “massive competitive sniping game”, which will be launching on mobile devices later this year.

Please read the official press release below:

We’re proud to announce Hitman: Sniper, a completely new Hitman game that we’re developing for mobile and tablet devices. Here’s a heads-up of what to expect before we head to E3 and showcase it for the first time.

We’ve designed Hitman: Sniper to be a massively competitive sniping game that will focus on the subtlety of execution. You’ll need to have your wits about you to complete scenario-driven contracts that contain a number of targets and assignments. Each one is designed to have a high level of replayability, not only to fine-tune your approach but to explore creative alternatives and to achieve the ultimate score on the leaderboards. If you remember Hitman: Sniper Challenge, released by our friends at Io-Interactive ahead of the launch of Hitman Absolution, you’ll have a pretty good idea of the sort of action you can expect.

Hitman: Sniper will be launching later this year and will be available free of charge. We want to offer people the opportunity to try the game for free, and then customize their own game experience with optional in-app purchases if they want to. For instance, you can get early access to contracts, or upgrade your sniper rifle – all things you can earn through playing the game. It’s up to you which one you choose and the game won’t force you down a particular route. By making Hitman: Sniper available for free, it will allow more people to have immediate access and increase the level of competition, which is at the core of the game.

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The First Concept from the Next Hitman Game – Won’t Make an Appearance at E3 2014

Io-Interactive has revealed the first concept art of their upcoming Hitman game! The location in the concept art is set in Central Europe and player will be able to explore the entire building you see in the image, inside and out. In their blog post, Io-Interactive stated that this building on its own is larger than any location in Hitman Absolution.

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As every year before E3, rumors about the next Hitman game’s possible appearance at the event have started to spread, but this time, Io-Interactive wanted to stop them to prevent fans experiencing  a disappointment.

We know the worst thing is to hope for something that doesn’t turn up; so we wanted to let you know that our next Hitman is going to be under wraps for a bit longer. We’re focusing all of our time and efforts into creating the best possible Hitman game. That’s our number one priority and we don’t want to divert valuable resources to show something before it’s ready.

You can read the whole blog post from here.

Hitman GO Is Out Now for iOS! | Launch Trailer

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Today, Square Enix has released “Hitman GO” which is a turn-based puzzle game where players will strategically navigate fixed spaces on a grid to avoid enemies, infiltrate well-guarded locations and take out their target on diorama-style set pieces. It’s also worth noting that Hitman Go is the first game coming from Square Enix Montréal studio!

Hitman Go is now available on App Store for €4.49 / $4.99!

With Hitman GO, you’ll experience:

  • Challenging puzzles that put your assassination skills to the test
  • Beautiful scale model-style visuals
  • Environments with secret passageways and off-limit areas
  • Agent 47’s tools of the trade: Distractions, disguises, hiding spots, sniper rifles and even the iconic Silverballers
  • Different enemy types with unique and deadly behaviours
  • Different ways of completing each level, silently or forcefully

New Info About Next Gen’s Hitman Emerges

A few days ago Square Enix’s America and Europe CEO Phil Rogers talked about the new open approach the company is taking in regards to establishing a stronger relationship between the community and the games. When confusion struck the web on what’s next in line for the Hitman franchise, Square Enix immediately clarified this and announced that Io-Interactive is still working on the next Hitman for PC and next gen consoles.

Just a short while ago the Io-Interactive team released an open letter containing the first details on next gen’s Hitman game. It covers a few details about the game’s content and technicalities such as it being built on the backbone of the Glacier 2 engine and the world consisting the largest levels the series has ever seen. You can read the full open letter here.

Io-Interactive will be revealing more information further this year and promises to be in closer contact with the players. Keep your eyes peeled for more Hitman updates in the future.

Official Report: The next-gen Hitman game is not cancelled

There has been some confusion yesterday/today about Hitman, in terms of which game is in development and where. Many websites including IGN have been reporting that the next-gen Hitman has been cancelled.

However today, Square Enix sent us an official statement. According to them, we can stop worrying because the next-gen AAA Hitman game is still in development and will be released for next-gen consoles & PC.

“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.”


New Hitman: HD Trilogy Screenshots & Trailer Soon

Hitman_Blood_MoneyIO Interactive A/S, a Square Enix studio, presents the first official screenshots from the soon to be released HITMAN: HD TRILOGY.Experience for the first time ever the classic and critically acclaimed games: HITMAN 2: SILENT ASSASSIN, HITMAN: CONTRACTS and HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY, unified in one deadly HD-Collection for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

 Watch out for the launch trailer, hitting the web on Monday, January 28th!

HITMAN HD: TRILOGY is scheduled for release in North America on January 29, 2013 and across Europe and PAL territories on February 1, 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Hitman: Absolution Deluxe Professional Unboxing!

IO Interactive presents the first official look at the Deluxe Professional Edition of Hitman: Absolution!

Watch Hitman: Absolution Gameplay Director, Christian Elverdam and Community Coordinator, Travis Barbour as they unbox the limited collector’s edition and take a look at the exclusive 10” Agent 47 statue – only available in the Deluxe Professional Edition -  as well as the 72-page hardcover artbook, making of DVD and the Agency Gun Pack DLC!

HITMAN: ABSOLUTION will be released on November 20, 2012 for PS3, XBOX 360 and PC!

Hitman: Absolution – Contracts Playthrough+Commentary‏ Video

Square Enix has released a playthrough showcasing and explaining the new multiplayer-mode CONTRACTS. The 18-minute playthrough includes commentary from HITMAN: ABSOLUTION game director Tore Blystad and Travis Barbour, part of the community team at IO Interactive.

What is Contracts?

CONTRACTS is a new online mode which allows gamers to create and share their own custom hit challenges within the HITMAN: ABSOLUTION. Players will choose a level, targets, weapons and then set their own rules for completing the contract based on time, style and witnesses. There are no clumsy editors or complicated mechanics to learn; in CONTRACTS you simply play to create. As an asynchronous mode, CONTRACTS allows fans to compete against friends at any time, regardless of whether they are online. HITMAN: ABSOLUTION will also ship with many pre-set CONTRACTS, each designed by the very best assassins at IO Interactive.

HITMAN: ABSOLUTION is scheduled for global release on November 20, 2012 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Hitman: Absolution Contracts Trailer

CONTRACTS is a new online mode which allows gamers to create and share their own custom hit challenges within HITMAN: ABSOLUTION. Choose a level, targets, weapons and then set the rules for completing your contract as you play to create. HITMAN: ABSOLUTION will also ship with many pre-set CONTRACTS, each designed by the very best assassins at IO Interactive.

HITMAN: ABSOLUTION is scheduled for release across North America, Europe and PAL territories on November 20, 2012 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Hitman: Absolution – “Streets of Hope” E3 2012 Playthrough Trailer

“THE STREETS OF HOPE premiered at E3 in June 2012 and showcases a deeper look into the vast universe of Hitman: Absolution. The demo features voice commentary by game director Tore Blystad and Travis Barbour from the community team at IO Interactive.

Agent 47 needs to kidnap Lenny “the limp” Dexter, who holds the key to the whereabouts of Victoria. 47 swore to protect her as a dying wish to his only friend Diana Burnwood. In order to get to “the limp”, the Original Assassin has to take out Lenny’s gang “The Cougars”.

THE STREETS OF HOPE playthrough features five hits and one kidnapping – all in the confines of one level.

HITMAN: ABSOLUTION is scheduled for global release on November 20, 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.”

E3 – Hitman: Absolution Screenshots and Trailers

Square Enix has released the E3 trailer for Hitman: Absolution. The trailer is focused on eight “killer nuns” who are known as ‘The Saints’ and they are tasked with eliminating Agent 47 at the Waikiki Motel. Watch the E3 trailer and hands-on videos below.

Hitman Absolution: “Word’s first hands-on footage”

Sony’s hands-on & interview