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IO Interactive reveals first next-gen Hitman details

Posted on January 16, 2014 AT 06:04am

The next Hitman game on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will see players takes control of a “globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career,” according to developer IO Interactive.

In an open letter to fans, the developer revealed that Agent 47 would stalk “his prey across the world, with the support of his long-term handler Diana Burnwood and the whole of the ICA.” The upcoming title will concentrate on the “core Hitman fantasy,” according to the developer, with Agent 47 making use of a wide range of tools to take out a diverse set of targets.

Next-gen Hitman is being built using the Glacier 2 engine, utilizing “the best parts and what we have learnt through Hitman: Absolution and drawing inspiration from past titles like Contracts and Blood Money.” This allows the developer to pack in “an extreme level of detail on the largest levels we have ever built for a Hitman game.” The game will use an “open, non-linear level design approach,” according to IO, allowing it to “play out across huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels.”

Contracts Mode will also be making a return, the developer revealed, allowing players to create, build, and share challenges using the new larger environments.

“You will also be glad to hear that we have removed 47’s magic pockets. We believe that’s all we need to say about that subject,” the developer added.

IO Interactive concluded by promising that more details would be released in the coming months.

Source: IO Interactive

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