Big Games of 2011: Exclusive Screens for IO Interactive’s New Hitman: Absolution


    The fifth game in the bestselling franchise takes a more cinematic approach to the action

    IO Interactive is working on the fifth game in the Hitman franchise for Square Enix. Hitman: Absolution will hit PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2012. The Copenhagen-based developer is using brand new game technology, the Glacier 2 game engine, to bring visuals like the below exclusive concept art to life. The new game is the first in the franchise to be set only in the United States, with Chicago being a focal point for the level shown at this upcoming E3 show.


    Hitman: Absolution follows Agent 47, a cold-blooded assassin, who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted — and now hunted by the police — he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.


    “For the first time we are taking Agent 47 on a personal journey which allows us to explore other parts of the Hitman fantasy,” said Tore Blystad, game director, IO Interactive. “This is both a familiar and yet significantly different experience from other Hitman games; something our silent assassins will relish, as will all those new to the Hitman world.”


    Showcasing IO Interactive’s new proprietary Glacier 2 technology, the game has been built from the ground up. Boasting a cinematic story, distinctive art direction and highly original game design, Hitman: Absolution combines much-loved classic gameplay with completely new features never seen before in the Hitman franchise.



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