The latest Hitman was an interesting game. Its decision to go with an episodic format led to much criticism from series' fans. Yet after experiencing most of the games' episodes, some changed their tune and appreciated the design. Now the last Hitman is widely regarded as the strongest entry in the series to date.
There was concern that this return to form might not last. With IO Interactive's parting from Square Enix, it seemed possible that when Hitman did come around again it might be a fresh reboot. However, IO Interactive has revealed the latest installment in the franchise as Hitman 2, but with one major change from the original: it won’t be episodic. This time they will release a single product for us to play.
The new game will feature an assortment of missions for the iconic assassin to complete, once again taking him all around the world, to places like Miami or environs like rain forests.
Hakan Abrak, CEO of IO Interactive, discussed the game, and IO's partnership with Warner Brothers Games, saying:
“We are very proud to announce HITMAN 2 as the next exciting chapter in our ever expanding world of assassination. Building on the success of our previous game, HITMAN 2 introduces exciting new features, new modes and franchise firsts to make for a larger and richer game. Couldn’t have wished for a better partner than Warner Bros. to bring this game to our passionate community and introduce new players to our universe. Welcome back 47!”
Hitman 2 will arrive on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 13. The standalone Sniper Assassin mode will be immediately accessible as a special bonus for those who pre-order the game. This mode will have players working cooperatively with others to take down targets.
Check out the announcement and the Sniper Assassin mode trailers below.
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