Hitman: Absolution is the fifth instalment of the Hitman series developed by IO interactive, and will be published by Square Enix along with the co-publisher, Edios. Hitman: Absolution is a single-player, stealth game available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows, and is expected to be released later this year.
The game follows Agent 47, a dangerous cold blooded assassin who goes on rampage. Betrayed by those he once trusted and now hunted by the police, he suddenly finds himself at the centre of a dark plot and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.
In the latest release, the Hitman character will not be voiced by David Bateson who is known for providing voice for Hitman Franchise. The reason, however, is unknown, but David stated to a member of a Hitman fan forum that “No one from IO Interactive is answering my calls, e-mails or sms.” Well, looks like IO Interactive has already found a replacement.
Hitman: Absolution is a continuity to the previous Hitman franchise, Hitman: Blood Money. Confirmed plot details include series protagonist Agent 47 assassinating his friend and former International Contract Agency handler Diana Burnwood early in the game and the antagonist identified as Blake Dexter, a new character to the series, voiced by Keith Carradine
Development of Hitman: Absolution
IO interactive had plans to continue the Hitman franchise in early 2007. It was not until May 2009 that Eidos confirmed the game was in development. It took them five years to develop this game because they needed a good cinematic story, distinctive art direction and highly original game design. Finally in 2011 they managed to pull off.
Hitman: Absolution, which now combines much-loved classic gameplay with features never seen before in the Hitman franchise. On 6 May 2011, a teaser trailer was released, confirming the title: Hitman Absolution. On 9 October 2011, a full gameplay trailer entitled “Run for Your Life” was released.
New Features – Hitman: Absolution
A 16-minute preview of the game shows that some new features of the game are:
- The Map has been replaced with an Instinct Mode that shows the locations of NPCs and the routes they will take with a kind of x-ray vision similar to Eagle vision in Assassin’s Creed and Detective mode from Batman: Arkham City.
- There are checkpoints now.
- Agent 47 can take cover and peek around corners similar to most third person shooters.
- There will be cinematic sequences during the missions.
- Agent 47 can do close-quarter kills in more ways than in Blood Money, including with firearms and objects within the mission such as busts.
- Purist mode where Instinct and HUD will be disabled.
PC System Requirements - Hitman: Absolution
For PC gamers, make a note of this:
- Operating System: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz or Phenom II X2
- RAM: 3 GB
- HDD: 10 GB free disk space
- Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Memory
- Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
- DirectX: Version 10
- Supported Graphics Cards: GeForce GTS 250 or similar ATI card
Note: These are the predicted system requirements. We will update this post when the PC system requirements are officially released.
P.S. The game is expected to be released this year.