IO Interactive A/S, a Square Enix studio, presents a new video to promote two pieces of downloadable content for HITMAN: ABSOLUTION available today.
In collaboration with Eidos Montréal, developers of the critically acclaimed DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION, the ‘Deus Ex Suit’ and ‘Deus Ex Zenith gun’ add-ons will allow HITMAN: ABSOLUTION players to dress Agent 47 in Adam Jensen’s iconic combat armor and use the Zenith handgun when competing in Contracts Mode.
IO Interactive A/S, a Square Enix studio, presents the launch trailer for HITMAN: ABSOLUTION. Powered by IO INTERACTIVE’S new proprietary GLACIER 2™ technology, HITMAN: ABSOLUTION delivers a cinematic experience in a living breathing world, where player choice is paramount.
IO Interactive A/S, a Square Enix studio, today reveals the stunning main cast of HITMAN: ABSOLUTION. This very talented group of well known Hollywood actors was brought together to fulfill HITMAN: ABSOLUTION‘s cinematic storytelling ambition.
Every actor and actress not only lent their voices to HITMAN: ABSOLUTION characters, but they were also fully motion-captured while acting their roles. These full performance captures took place in Giant Studios, the preeminent motion capture facility best known for their work on blockbuster movies like Lord of the Rings, Iron Man, I Am Legend, Avatar and many more.
Agent 47 – William Mapother (Motion Capture), David Bateson (Voice)
previous work includes: Lost, Another Earth
Diana Burnwood – Marsha Thomason
previous work includes: Lost, White Collar
Benjamin Travis – Powers Boothe
previous work includes: The Avengers, Deadwood, Sin City
Birdie – Steven Bauer
previous work includes: Breaking Bad, Scarface
Blake Dexter – Keith Carradine
previous work includes: Cowboys & Aliens, Dexter, Deadwood
Sheriff Clive Skurky – Jon Gries
previous work includes: Napoleon Dynamite, Get Shorty
Layla Stockton – Traci Lords
previous work includes: Blade, Underworld
Sanchez – Issac Singleton
previous work includes: Planet of the Apes, Pirates of the Caribbean
LaSandra Dixon – Vivica A. Fox
previous work includes: Kill Bill, Batman & Robin, Independence Day
Wade – Larry Cedar
previous work includes: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Deadwood
Cosmo Faulkner – Jonathan Adams
previous work includes: Bones, 24, Boston Legal, Burn Notice
Jade – Shannyn Sossamon
previous work includes: 40 Days and 40 Nights, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Victoria – Isabelle Fuhrman
previous work includes: The Hunger Games, Orphan
[box_light]HITMAN: ABSOLUTION is scheduled for release across North America on November 20, 2012 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.[/box_light]
IO Interactive A/S, a Square Enix studio, presents a journey into the world of HITMAN: ABSOLUTION. Go behind-the-scenes as the team from IO Interactive explains what it takes to create immersive storytelling in a video game. Watch how the HITMAN: ABSOLUTION cast talks about the challenges of doing a full perfomance capture at the famous Giant Studios in Los Angeles and how Powers Boothe needed to invent new smoking techniques for his character Benjamin Travis.
– Scott Ellison
Our Score: 5 / 5 – Incredible
It is quite refreshing to see someone doing something new and exciting with Pre-Order incentives. And that someone is IO Interactive. In this, by pre-ordering Hitman: Absolution on Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 (not PC), you can get a token to download essentially a demo that is a standalone mission and not part of the full game. From here you are tasked with completing an assassination mission without alerting the enemies and must eliminate all guards plus the target. In the end, you get graded and ranked on Friend, Nation, and Global leaderboards.
Agent 47 is perched on a building in Chicago to take out this high-value target. From there you have many options to go about it, track the target, then take him out and then the guards, or slowly take out guards one-by-one. Though, while all of this is happening, the target is hosting a party that involves A LOT of civilians. Kill one of them, and the whole place goes berserk and the mission ends quicker than you want. The timeout for this mission is 15 minutes. It can end prematurely should anyone be aware of your existence. Once the mission is successful, you can try again for a new approach.
Playing the Sniper Challenge also unlocks bonus items for the full game. So not only is the game itself a nice little bonus mission you won’t see in the full game, but can be used to unlock items in the full game to buff your Agent 47. How you do that, is up to you. There are a ton of challenges to unlock, which roughly equate to making it a hidden object game and selecting what you find by shooting a round through it. There, an in-game ticker will notify you of your progress.
It is without question you should pre-order Hitman: Absolution for the Sniper Challenge. If you’re a fan of Hitman and know what Absolution is all about, it is very exciting and challenging as well as rewarding to compare with your friends. Though, it is not representative of the full game as you’ll see in many cutscenes that Agent 47 is a walking death machine in many situations outside of sniping. But this is essentially a demo, a vertical slice of the full game that’s nothing like any other pre-order incentive.
Hitman: Absolution is due out on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC on November 20th, 2012
An Xbox 360 code for the game was provided by Square Enix for Review purposes
Square Enix and IO Interactive today revealed “INTRODUCING: AGENT 47”, the first gameplay trailer in a new original series. Created entirely from original gameplay moments, INTRODUCING is dedicated to show the richness, depth and possibilities surrounding the living and breathing world of HITMAN: ABSOLUTION™ – powered by IO INTERACTIVE’S new proprietary GLACIER 2™ technology.
Square Enix, Inc., has announced the HITMAN: ABSOLUTION PROFESSIONAL EDITION is now available for pre-order. The professional edition includes a premium hardcover art book with a foreword from Game Director Tore Blystad, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes “making of” video. All packaged up in a clamshell box that looks as sharp as Agent 47 in his suit, the Professional Edition is the ultimate way to experience the living, breathing world of HITMAN: ABSOLUTION.