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The Hitman series started in 2000, with the PC game “Hitman:Codename 47”. In 2002, “Hitman 2: Silent Assassin” was released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, PC and more recently, OnLive! It sold 3.7 million copies within 7 months, which spurred IO Interactive to produce yet another, Hitman Contracts, in 2004, which received a pretty low reception compared to its predecessors, earning from 6.4 to 9 out of 10.
In 2006, Hitman: Blood Money was released, and it was a hit and even claimed to be “the best Hitman yet!” These four games have sold over 8 million copies, as of 2011. However, Hitman seemed to have dropped off the map. Until 2009.
The upcoming title, “Hitman: Absolution”, is due to be released on November 20th, 2012, on Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and OnLive. This title, even has an online mode, called “Contracts”, where players can run through the single player campaign and create challenges for others to complete.
IO Interactive have introduced their “Glacier2” tech, giving the player an increased amount of options and much greater playability, giving the player the common Hitman trait of freedom of choice. This also includes repercussions for actions, such as giving clearer feedback than before, without punishing the player.
Also in this title, is “Instinct mode”, where you get to look through the eyes of 47. This means being able to predict enemy patrol routes, similar to “eagle sense” in Assassins Creed: Revelations and “sonar vision” from Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction.
As with all previous Hitman games, you can also take clothing/disguises from victims, but now, to reduce risk of being exposed, you can impersonate your victims. Actually impersonate them.
I don’t want to give too much away in regards of the campaign (just for those of you who like a surprise), but all of it is set in the United States, and it “is 47’s hardest contract yet”!
I will be providing more information on Hitman: Absolution at the end of this month at EuroGamer, hopefully even some gameplay footage, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!