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12:15 PM on 02.13.2014

The new Hitman game for mobile has surprising potential

There are two Hitman games in development that we know about: one is a full-fledged PC and console title from IO Interactive, the other is a mobile project in the works at Square Enix Montréal. Hitman GO, a turn-based ...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 01.16.2014

New Hitman will have the largest levels yet

IO Interactive is working on the next major installment of Hitman and today the studio shared a few details about the game. Most notably, it'll feature Agent 47 "at the prime of his career" and open-ended sandbox levels that ...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 01.10.2014

Rupert Friend recast as star of the new Hitman film

A second film based on the Hitman franchise was all set to debut with Paul Walker, until his untimely passing in November of 2013. Despite that, Variety reports that the movie is still moving forward, reca...

Chris Carter

2:45 PM on 01.09.2014

New missions added to Hitman: Absolution 'Contracts' mode

Though Hitman: Absolution has been out for over a year, new missions for the title have been added to the game's "Contracts" mode with seemingly no warning whatsoever. New missions have launched on all three platforms th...

Conrad Zimmerman

4:30 PM on 01.07.2014

Square tells us exactly what's happening with Hitman

Yesterday, there was a report that sort of confused Hitman fans everywhere. People thought projects were canceled, and the franchise was in jeopardy, but here's the real rub straight from Square Enix. Apparently, the ini...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 01.06.2014

Square Enix Montreal's Hitman reportedly canned

Square Enix Montreal was working on a new Hitman game that was said to be a re-imagining, though we never saw much of anything about the title. It's since been discovered that the project was canceled last year, according to ...

Jordan Devore

4:00 AM on 09.16.2013

Nab four bundled Square Enix games for $15 by day's end

Have you somehow avoided picking up Just Cause 2, Hitman: Absolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Sleeping Dogs for mere pittance? I feel like they've all been below $5 at some point, but if you're still looking to own the...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 09.12.2013

Huh? Deus Ex Universe and Hitman Go trademarks found

I'm not sure what it is about modern Deus Ex titles and our finding out about them by scouring the internet for trademark listings, but here's yet another. Siliconera has discovered a few of interest from publisher Square Eni...

Jordan Devore



Runner2, Hitman Absolution joining PS Plus this month photo
Runner2, Hitman Absolution joining PS Plus this month
by Jordan Devore

In tomorrow's PlayStation Plus update, members will be able to download Hitman Absolution for free and save on other PSN titles. There's a big ol' Rayman franchise sale -- including Origins for as low as $5.00 -- plus EscapeVektor ($4.99 / $3.99 with Plus), Wicked Monsters Blast! HD ($4.99 / $1.00 with Plus), and Superfrog ($7.99 with Plus).

The rest of August sounds great. Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (PS3), Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PS3), Machinarium (Vita), and Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP/Vita) are also joining the Instant Game Collection. Don't miss this opportunity to nab Runner2 or your life will be filled with regret. So much regret.

PS Plus August Preview: Hitman: Absolution Free for Members Tomorrow [PlayStation Blog]

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12:30 PM on 06.17.2013

IO cancels projects to focus on new Hitman game

When you think of IO Interactive, Hitman comes to mind. Maybe Kane & Lynch or Freedom Fighters as well -- sorry to reopen old wounds -- but the long-running stealth franchise is certainly right up in there. We'l...

Jordan Devore



Tomb Raider, Hitman, Sleeping Dogs all failed Square Enix photo
Tomb Raider, Hitman, Sleeping Dogs all failed Square Enix
by Jim Sterling

Despite each game clearing at least a million sales, Square Enix has revealed Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution and Sleeping Dogs all failed to meet their targets. This news comes on the same day the company projected a 13 billion yen loss and saw its president resign

Sleeping Dogs has sold an estimated 1.75 million copies to day, followed by Tomb Raider at 3.4 million and Hitman at 3.6 million. Square Enix blames these "slows sales" in part for its "extraordinary" financial losses this year. 

The company particularly points its finger at the North American market, claiming an "ineffective" sales force compared to Europe, where games performed two-thirds better. Another alleged problem is "price pressure," forcing Square Enix to spend more on such things as "price protection."

The publisher's report is yet more evidence of the so-called "AAA" market's downward spiral, where you can't even be considered a success in the face of selling millions of copies. This, along with Resident Evil 6 "failing" in spite of nearly five million sales and Dead Space 3 needing "five million" to survive, points to a market that's crashing and burning. 

Mainstream videogames have officially gone wrong. 

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12:30 PM on 02.06.2013

Hitman movie reboot 'Agent 47' to star Paul Walker

It's been an unusually long time since I've been able to use the word "reboot" here, but with the recent Hitman Absolution still fresh on our minds, it's only natural that the term would come up in relation to the popular ste...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 01.28.2013

Relive the past with Agent 47 in this Hitman HD trailer

Hitman HD: Trilogy is nearly ready for release, so IO Interactive has whipped up a trailer that showcases footage from all three games, and a small teaser for the brand new Hitman: Sniper Challenge bonus. Whether you're a se...

Chris Carter



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New releases: Skulls of the Shogun will slay you
by Fraser Brown

Monday has once again arrived, so you know the drill: it's another week of new releases. We're leaving January behind in a somewhat subdued fashion, but there's certain to be something that will catch your eye.

Skulls of the Shogun has caught my eye this week, though lamentably it's only dropping on platforms I have no access to. Maybe it's time for me to upgrade to Windows 8? Nah, probably not. Regardless, it looks like a fun strategy romp for those who like to chuckle while commanding undead minions.

Other than that, there's co-op shenanigans in the form of the medieval theme park scrapfest, Dungeonland; the IGE award-winning Antichamber drops on PC; Omerta: City of Gangsters opens its doors to prospective mobsters; you can shoot people in the face and make things go "boom!" in Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear; the 3DS gets some love thanks to Bloody Vampire and Witch's Cat; play the most hardcore sport of them all in Let's Fish! Hooked On; and more platforms get Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault. This and a whole lot more magically appears this week.

Anything floating your boat?

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7:00 AM on 01.28.2013

Check out this real life Hitman video featuring Agent 47

So I'm a huge fan of Timothy Olyphant (basically Justified above all else), but the Hitman movie left a lot to be desired. Enter this neat little fan video, directed and edited by Michael Shanks, that hi...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 01.10.2013

Square Enix confirms Hitman HD: Trilogy limited edition

When Hitman HD: Trilogy appeared on Amazon prior to being officially announced by Square Enix, we got a glimpse of the art book that's being included in first-run copies of the game. Today, the publisher confirmed this limite...

Jordan Devore