Hitman
9 months ago.
Hitman: PS4 and Xbox One update notes released
Io-Interactive updated Hitman for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One today after severs went down for maintenance. The update contains minor gameplay and technical improvements. Here are the full release notes: - Reconnect Option If a player is playing in online mode and gets disconnected during gameplay, they will have the option to immediately reconnect and resume play without losing any progress, instead of returning to the main menu. - Immediate Challenge Awards Challenges are now awarded and saved immediately upon completion, rather than when completing a mission.  -…
10 months ago.
Launch trailer and screenshots for Hitman's second episode
Agent 47 sends us greetings from Italy in the launch trailer and screenshots for the second Hitman episode called "Sapienza - The World of Tomorrow", which will be released digitally on April 26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQFVxQiHPQc In the trailer a potential target talks about his evil intentions and we learn more about the coastal city Sapienza with its small alleys, red rooftops and piazzas. Lying underneath, there is a secret laboratory Agent 47 has to enter. The new episode is included in the Full Experience bundle…
10 months ago.
New Hitman video dev diary "Art of Assassination" released
Main Writer Michael Vogt and Art Director Jonathan Rowe talk about building the World of Assassination for Hitman in a new two-part video dev diary. https://youtu.be/p0f2Dyi_GY8 Vogt mentions that back then video game characters were more comic-like, because the way they were shown was limited by technology, which is not the case any more. Rowe adds that Agent 47 originally wasn't meant to be bald, but because of limitations in virtual hair design the team had no other choice while developing the…
10 months ago.
Hitman: Episode 2 release date announced
IO-Interactive announced the the release date of the second Hitman episode Sapienza, which will come out on April 26. The new episode is set in a sunny, fictional costal town and will include new targets, disguises and challenges. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RkL0CsMTrQ Hitman releases as an episodic game, allowing players to give feedback and improve the game over several seasons. In the last weeks IO released a patch, improving the rating system, overall experience and bringing back the disappeared "Requiem Pack" items. While the team added new Escalation Mode…
11 months ago.
Hitman GO Definitive Edition is a sleek, surprising flavor of the series
Square Enix Montreal’s got a new take on the Hitman franchise, and it comes in the form of a puzzle game with the aesthetics of a board game. Wait, what? Some may think trading in the explicit violence the series is known for leaves something behind, but after giving the Definitive Edition on PlayStation 4 a go, I can’t help but think that Hitman GO represents the series distilled to something simpler and sexier. You can watch me play through a…
11 months ago.
Hitman Season Premiere trailer unveiled
With the game's Intro Pack releasing next week, the fine folks from Io-Interactive and Square Enix have released the season premiere trailer for the highly anticipated stealth game, Hitman. As revealed in the beta, the first set of missions in the final game defines the prologue and covers Agent 47's start as an assassin in the ICA Organization. After all the training at the secret ICA base, players will be treated to Hitman's first field mission titled the 'Showstopper,' which takes place in the lush city…
11 months ago.
Hitman Level Design feature videos released
During the course of last week, Io-Interactive has released three new videos from the "Talking Hitman" series, this time covering the level design of the game. Principal Level Designer Jacob Mikkelsen and Level Designer Marta La Mendola lead through the roughly two minute long videos. They talk about fundamental challenges, the structure design and handling the size of the levels. The videos include little insights into the animation of Agent 47 and show smaller tidbits from upcoming levels. https://youtu.be/Ekn5hTaYkGE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuSBvFYMTTw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6pxDyzFN18 The game’s Intro Pack (Prologue Mission and…
1 year ago.
Hitman Go: Definitive Edition - Launch trailer and handcrafted edition
To celebrate the launch of the Hitman Go: Definitive Edition, Eidos Montreal released the launch trailer of the game and created a handcrafted version. https://youtu.be/ZF3NB8j2tuE The strategic puzzle game was inspired by board games and borrows heavily in terms of visuals, too. For the launch of the Definitive Edition on PS4, PSVITA and Steam, the developers created a real life handcrafted level from the game, which can be admired in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEShquDPohc…
1 year ago.
Hitman Beta re-opens for PlayStation Plus members in March
In case you missed the first beta for the new Hitman or haven't preordered the game just yet, you are given a second chance as a PlayStation Plus member. Square Enix and Sony today announced that from March 4-6, the PS4 beta will be re-opened for all PS+ members. The beta has the same content as the previous one, which means you can play the two levels from the game's prologue. Developer IO-Interactive also promised a guided livestream tour of the beta, which…
1 year ago.
Hitman Live modes detailed
In an official post in the Steam Forums, Hitman Community Manager Travis Barbour explained the new live modes being introduced with the game. The Elusive Targets are characters, who are added to pre-existing levels. They have their own briefing video, backstory and reason to be in the level. They are not marked on the map and can't be spotted via Instinct mode. You need to hunt them down, using clues from the briefing and the photo you have got. The most…
1 year ago.
Hitman "Legacy" Opening Cinematic released
Today IO Interactive and Square Enix released the "Legacy" Opening Cinematic of the latest Hitman game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01bYEelwwHc As in the beta, your first missions in the final game build the prologue and cover your start as an assassin in the ICA organization. After your training at the secret ICA base, the first field mission in the new Hitman takes place in Paris 20 years after, also known as the Showstopper level. Today's opening cinematic fills the gap between your training and Paris, showcasing Agent…
1 year ago.
Hitman PC beta weekend starts tomorrow
Players who've pre-ordered can get their hands on the PC version of the new Hitman title all weekend starting tomorrow, Io-Interactive revealed today. Scheduled to start at 17:00 CET on Friday 19th February and ending at 17:00 CET on Monday 22nd February, the PC Beta is scheduled to start at 08:00 PST on February 19th and ends on February 22nd at 08:00 PST for those of us in North America. The beta takes place twenty years before the Paris Showstopper mission -…
1 year ago.
Hitman Go: Definitive Edition arrives on PS4, PS Vita and Steam next week
Hitman Go: Definitive Edition is heading to both PlayStation platforms and Steam next week, Square Enix Montréal revealed today. Arriving on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita as an adapted version of the original mobile game, players will have the opportunity to purchase both for $7.99 from the PlayStation Store under Sony's cross-buy system. The Steam version will also be available at the same price. The Definitive Edition includes a number of updates including improved visuals, new control setups to better…
1 year ago.
Why Hitman is going episodic
Hitman executive producer Hannes Seifert has shed some light behind IO-Interactive's decision to make their upcoming stealth game fully episodic instead of an all-in-one release at launch. In a recent interview with Gamespot, Seifert says the main intention for the approach was so that the studio could "bring Hitman really forward as a franchise." - believing that having Hitman to release episodically grants the studio opportunities to become ambitious in their gameplay design. We always have these visions, like, perhaps there are these cool Olympic games in this fantastic location and you could have this crowd…
1 year ago.
Hitman: New beta trailer and details
Today, IO-Interactive published an updated FAQ for the Hitman beta and a new trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O1DnIyhA3I As we already knew the beta will include the game's prologue, which is the introduction in the full game and takes us to Agent 47's beginning at the ICA, meeting his handler Diana Burnwood for the first time. The beta will include two free-form training hits. You’ll be able to replay each hit as many times as you wish throughout the beta period to complete the challenges and the multiple…
1 year ago.
Hitman: Unboxing video of the Collector's Edition
Kelsey Britt from the Square Enix Merchandise Division and Community Manager Travis Barbour unbox the Hitman Collector's Edition in a new video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2XR4kXG-JA Previously, fans had the chance to vote online for the contents of the box. Kelsey and Travis slowly showcase the packaging, the 10" chess master statue, tie&clip set and the 60-paged art book. However, the Collector's Edition, which costs 139,99$, will not include a disc-version of the game, but a download code for the full season. Square Enix plans to release…
1 year ago.
Hitman: New details about story, preorders and exclusive content
Sony and Square Enix shared more information about the new game’s story structure, revealed the preorder goodies, as well as the PlayStation 4 exclusive content. The episodic storytelling of Hitman is comparable with a tv series, as Hitman Community Manager Travis Barbour wrote on the Official PlayStation Blog.  The game will on the one hand tell individual stories about Agent 47’s targets, but on the other hand there is a longer story arc exploring key characters like the hitman himself,…
1 year ago.
Hitman: World of Assassination trailer released
Studio IO-interactive has recently released a brand new trailer for their upcoming Hitman game. The trailer depicts the actions and results of assassinating key people within the game's world followed by describing the characteristics and purpose of a Hitman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDgOwNVFBxQ Not too long ago, Square Enix announced that Hitman has become a "Fully Episodic AAA Game". The game's Intro Pack (Prologue Mission and Paris location) will release on March 11, 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC at a price of $15. Each location add-on will…
1 year ago.
Second "Talking Hitman" video released
IO-Interactive released the second video in the "Talking Hitman" video series, covering the looks of Agent 47. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4e0fxGGiFI Through the history of the Hitman series Agent 47 has faced slightly different design decisions.  While the master assassin had e.g. a more grown man appearance in Hitman: Absolution, he is obviously younger in the latest Hitman installment. In the new game, traveling the world for missions is key, but IO-Interactive also wanted to go back to Agent 47's golden days, "being on the climax…
1 year ago.
First "Talking Hitman: Agent 47" video released
Today, Square Enix and IO Interactive released the first part of a video series called "Talking Hitman: Agent 47". In the short video Studio Creative Director Christian Elverdam, Main Writer Michael Vogt and Art Director Jonathan Rowe answer the question "What's it like to build a game around a person that doesn't really change that much?". https://youtu.be/KW2DbQz3Zss The next Hitman game will be the first in the series being released online and completely episodic right from the start. The first episode will include Agents 47's recruitment…