Developer surprised it turned into such a huge topic.
Hitman Absolution developer IO has apologised for its sexy nuns Saints trailer, which caused a bit of an uproar on its release last week.
Game director Tore Blystad told IGN: "We're sorry that we offended people – that was truly not the intention of the trailer."
He added: "Of course we understand, this has been a very big topic for us and we've been reading as much as we could of the articles and responses. We were surprised that it turned into such a huge topic. Something similar happened with our Sniper Challenge pre-order bonus... We just wanted to make something cool, it wasn't the intention to stir up anything."
It turns out the Saints trailer is actually based on a level from the game featuring the band of female assassins.
"It's a level from the game called Attack of the Saints, and this trailer I guess you could say represents one possible outcome," Blystad explained. "As you know with Hitman games, you can go about it any way you want. The problem with showing off a Hitman game in a trailer is because there are many different ways to play, you're only ever showing off one of any number of potential scenarios."
Blystad believes the Saints inclusion in the actual game won't be viewed so controversially.
"The Hitman games as a series has always been extreme in many ways," he said. "The religious themes have been there from the very beginning, along with outlandish party scenes. And there are a lot of movie influences in Hitman Absolution, like Tarantino and Rodriguez.
"The grindhouse theme is something that we're using throughout the game. It tends more towards sixties exploitation movies – these were a fascination [for us] because they were so extreme."
Hitman Absolution will be released November 20 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.