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IO Interactive has revealed the first details on its next-gen Hitman project, confirming that the series will be heading back to its non-linear, sandbox roots for Agent 47's next adventure.

Currently in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, the next game will see players taking control of "a globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career - the apex predator stalking his prey across the world, with the support of his long-term handler Diana Burnwood and the whole of the ICA."

According to IO, "the game concentrates on the core Hitman fantasy of using a wide range of tools to take out a diverse group of targets across expansive, exotic locations around the world."

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It's also being built on Absolution's Glacier 2 engine and uses "what we have learnt through Hitman: Absolution," while "drawing inspiration from past titles like Contracts and Blood Money to fulfil the core Hitman fantasy."

It'll be more like the original games than 2012's Absolution, then, with IO promising to "pack in an extreme level of detail on the largest levels we have ever built for a Hitman game.

"We've adopted an open, non-linear level design approach to the game, ensuring the game will play out across huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels. Our aim is to create living, breathing and believable levels which will allow gamers to play around with the AI to create those unique moments every fan of the Hitman franchise loves."

Contracts Mode is set to return, too, where players will be able to create and share their own hits, while 47's "magic pockets" have been removed as well. "We believe that's all we need to say about that subject," says IO.

"As we get further into 2014, we will reveal more and get into much closer contact with all of you," the developer continues. "There are so many things we have planned and we are extremely excited for the future of Hitman".

A release date and title for the game have yet to be announced.

Source: hitman.com

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WhatISayGoes

Good news.
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Posted 13:10 on 26 January 2014
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Woffls

Aww yeaahhh! I had kinda been anticipating this after I saw the direction Absolution was going in. Build a scaling'next gen' engine, mitigate work involved for the rest of the game by narrowing the design, reel in new fans by using broader appeal, and release a 'proper' Hitman game next time so that they don't lose fanbase and focus.

Of course, they could have just not known what they were doing, but IO and Eidos aren't stupid. Wouldn't be surprised if Tomb Raider got the exact same treatment.
Posted 18:14 on 18 January 2014
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sycholect

Great news
Posted 17:44 on 16 January 2014
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shinobi602

Really excited for this. I'd be more than happy with a simple next-gen Blood Money 2.
Posted 17:24 on 16 January 2014
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pblive

Yep, worth a play. I enjoyed it anyway.
Posted 16:25 on 16 January 2014
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BuiscuitBandit

Anyone know if Absolution is worth a play through? It's pretty cheap, though I'm just really unsure if I'll get on with it. Absolutely love Hitman 2 and blood money.
Posted 15:47 on 16 January 2014
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CyberEagle_1x

if its like blood money its going to be great. Plus they have said there will be no checkpoints. I hated those dumb things in absolution.
Posted 15:25 on 16 January 2014
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anialator136

This could be great for Hitman if it all goes well. Probably to release alongside the new film and make maximum monies off the opportunity
Posted 13:48 on 16 January 2014
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VG_Dave@ KamSage

Square cancelled the console/PC project in development at Square Enix Montreal. They are now working on a mobile Hitman title. This is IO Interactive's console/PC project.
Posted 13:43 on 16 January 2014
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KamSage

... Now i'm confused what exactly Square cancelled.
Anyway, new Hitman is always welcome. If they really are combining all they've learnt for an open world game, should be a treat. Contracts mode was always interesting and glad to see they believe in it too.
Posted 13:33 on 16 January 2014

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Release Date: 20/11/2012
Developer: Io Interactive
Publisher: Square-Enix Co
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 349 17
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