‘Hitman’ Next-Gen Title To Be Announced This Year

A Hitman next-gen title is expected to be announced this year. Developer IO Interactive is hoping to give us another round of intelligent kills which may help us forget the relatively disappointing Absolution when the next game hits.

The last game in the series was riddled with a rather silly storyline and gameplay which deviated enough from the classic style that many who bought Absolution apparently spread the word. It didn’t sell anywhere near as well as IO Interactive was expecting, but that could be blamed on the potential problems arising from the company allegedly laying off half of its staff around that time.

There were even rumors that Absolution‘s failure in the eyes of the fans led to getting Hitman next-gen canceled. A recent tweet from the official game account has given fans hope that the next round is still under way and could bring back the gameplay that made the series such a hit.

The developer promised that the Hitman next-gen title will return the series to its roots.

“We’re packing in an extreme level of detail on the largest levels we have ever built for a Hitman game. We’ve adopted an open, non-linear level design approach to the game, ensuring the game will play out across huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels. Our aim is to create living, breathing, and believable levels which will allow gamers to play around with the AI to create those unique moments every fan of the Hitman franchise loves.”

That statement was made about the Hitman next-gen game before the rumors started about it being canceled. Fans of the series hope that what they said still rings true for the upcoming Hitman next-gen title.

Hitman has always been about a professional assassin who uses more than guns to take out the living, breathing trash. Agent 47 has been known to create subtle, yet lethal chain reactions such as injecting poison into a cake or pushing a target over a railing into shark-infested waters. The player always gets the best scores from leaving no evidence or bodies laying around in plain sight and making sure they leave the scene with all of the weapons, clothes, and equipment they had when they arrived.

'Hitman' next-gen game to bring the series back to its roots
The new ‘Hitman’ next-gen game will supposedly return Agent 47 to his roots.

IO Interactive is aiming once again for realism, even going as far as removing the “magic pockets” from last time.

The game is expected to hit Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, though the official release date is yet unknown.

Are you excited for the new Hitman next-gen title?

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