Agent 47 in upcoming action sequel Hitman: Absolution will once more be voiced by David Bateson, IO Interactive and Square Enix have announced.

After previously stating a new voice actor would be used, IO has confirmed that Bateson will return to the role which he first voiced in 2000 for PC release Codename 47.

Brand director Jon Brooke said: "IO and Bateson have been bed fellows for over a decade and like all long running relationships sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. Looking back I think we were just playing hard to get."

William Mapother (star of TV series LOST) has performed the motion capture work for Agent 47 which was recorded at Giant Studios.

Hitman: Absolution will be released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 20.