[E32011] Details Emerge of Hitman: Absolution

Possibly the longest lived franchise in the sneak-around-n-kill-stuff genre, another Hitman is slated for release in 2012, and will be available for the (you guessed it) PC, PS3 and Xbox360. 47 will be celebrating his twelfth birthday.

Details and screenshots of Hitman: Absolution have now been released, following from the very brief trailer released last month. Most of the usual elements of Hitman seem unchanged, as 47 uses the cover of shadows and common household items to dispatch his enemies. 47 is, however, reported to be more agile, breaking from his traditionally hard and deliberate movements, and he will now have an 'instinct' mode with x-ray vision - a couple of changes that might make one wonder whether developers at IO Interactive were accidentally sent the brief for the upcoming Arkham City.

The graphics have also been overhauled, using the new Glacier 2 engine. From the stills, the graphics seem crisp, beautiful, but with an artistic sensibility. Rather than attempting to achieve photorealism, there is a painterly quality to the film-noir-esque vision created.

According to IO director, Tore Blystad, in a press release last month, the story will also be more personal:

For the first time we are taking Agent 47 on a personal journey which allows us to explore other parts of the Hitman fantasy. 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.

Hopefully, the core playability, the stealth and the essentially puzzler nature of the series will remain unchanged.

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