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First concept art for IO Interactive's new Hitman


Square Enix Montréal announcing another mobile game soon
May 28
// Jordan Devore
IO Interactive has shared concept art for its next Hitman game for consoles and PC, viewable below in high resolution. The image is set in Central Europe and that building is "larger than any location in Hitman Absolution," a...

Review: Hitman GO

May 07 // Brittany Vincent
Hitman GO (iOS)Developer: Square EnixPublisher: Square EnixReleased: April 17, 2014MSRP: $4.99 Playing through one of the included fifteen scenarios feels a lot like messing about in a serial killer's macabre dollhouse, viewed through copious amounts of Instagram filtering outfitted with new-school HUD icons and menus so clean they're almost surgical. Five board game boxes await you at the onset, with four requiring unlocks as you work your way through each scenario. Should you choose to skip straight to your favorite, unlocks are available as in-app purchases, but there's no dire need to since Hitman GO moves at a reasonable and organic pace. Every ornate game board is set up with a grid on which limited navigation is possible. Lavish mansions, dingy basements, and plenty of other seedy and sometimes exotic locales are up for exploration as you move 47 one space right, left, up, and down per turn. Each assassination is split up into several puzzle sections you'll have to power through in order to have a go at your main target. Kills are so straightforward it's scary, requiring you to simply walk into an enemy into their blind spot. For instance, to take down a target, you need to position 47 so that his next move intersects with an enemy board piece. As long as you're not facing the enemy, you're golden. The only trick is that you're forced to move 47 one space ahead during each turn rather than hiding in a strategic hiding spot and waiting for guards with AI as dumb as a bag of rocks to maybe spot you like in the regular games. There are places to hide, though, as well as shortcuts that may or may not place you exactly where you need to be in regard to an enemy's location. A well-timed move through these "chutes and ladders" could be the key to victory, or starting over again. [embed]274166:53781:0[/embed] Pickups vary from board to board, and are one-use items that must be used once obtained. In some situations this works out well, and in others it's disastrous -- you may find yourself armed with a tennis ball to use as a distraction, but it might not be the best time to use it. It must be deployed during the turn you pick it up on, so planning your pickups accordingly is required if you want to use them to aid you in your quest to reach the goal space on each board. Whether it's a rock, a tennis ball, or a silenced pistol, timing is everything. Each mission plays out until either all targets are eliminated or 47 is taken out in the same way. As you progress, you'll find that once-docile targets may suddenly possess traits like the ability to turn and face 47 at different increments, and some may patrol the board in a manner that can make even the most seasoned of stealth vets nervous. It's as tense as it is stylish, and sometimes you have to be able to make the call and restart the mission before you're inevitably caught between an enemy and a hard place. But perhaps ironically, what makes Hitman GO work so well as a board game also strips away much of what made the rest of the franchise so much fun: the ability to choose your own pathway to victory. Some missions are adamant that you not harm one hair on one guard's pretty little head, and as someone who regularly powers through enemies and terminates with extreme prejudice, I was a little disappointed that there weren't options built in for a little more carnage. That appeared to be the same direction Hitman: Absolution was headed in, and stealth obviously makes sense for a board game situation, but it would have been an interesting addition for players with a powerful thirst for blood to be able to tackle missions with a little less finesse and a lot more shots to the head. Still, I was more than enamored with the numerous nods to classic Hitman moments, additional costumes, and the amount of polish lavished upon this bizarre yet savory addition to the Hitman universe. It's not perfect, and it certainly won't appeal to everyone, but if you're jonesing for your next taste of the life of an assassin, Hitman GO is the hippest way to emulate everyone's favorite sharp-dressed agent. 
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Murder, simplified
Agent 47's steely gaze and austere demeanor are far too threatening to be properly translated to a stoic board game piece. That, and given the nature of the Hitman series revolving around stealth and murderous intent, a mobil...

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Hitman GO

People are literally dying to play Hitman GO, out today for iOS devices


I used 'literally' correctly, people do die in the game
Apr 17
// Brittany Vincent
Hitman GO launches today, a puzzle game via Square Enix Montréal that's available on iOS devices for $4.99. An Android version is on its way as well, so calm down. They didn't forget about you. Karsten Lund, creative ...
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Hitman

Turn-based Hitman GO comes to iOS next week


Such a neat concept for a spinoff game
Apr 10
// Jordan Devore
Square Enix Montréal's turn-based strategy title Hitman GO looks like a decent excursion while we wait for the next major franchise installment from IO Interactive. It's coming real soon -- first to iOS devices on Apri...
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Square to stop sucking?

Bravely Default's success has Square refocusing on 'heavy JRPGs' & 'core' audience


Dr. Square Enix or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the JRPG
Mar 31
// Steven Hansen
Square Enix will work on its next global releases, "without focusing too much on the ‘global’ aspect," president Yosuke Matsuda told Nikkei Trendy. "For example, in the past, when we developed console games with a...
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Hitman

First look at Agent 47 in the new Hitman film


It's Homeland's Rupert Friend
Feb 19
// Jordan Devore
2007's Hitman movie wasn't awful. In fact, I'd be willing to believe that people were even fans of the adaptation. But there's certainly plenty of room for improvement and here's hoping Agent 47 delivers where the prior movie...
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Hitman

The new Hitman game for mobile has surprising potential


IO 'absolutely loved' the concept
Feb 13
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
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New Hitman

New Hitman will have the largest levels yet


And Agent 47's 'magic pockets' are no more
Jan 16
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
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Hitman

Rupert Friend recast as star of the new Hitman film


Timothy Olyphant for life
Jan 10
// Chris Carter
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...
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Hitman

New missions added to Hitman: Absolution 'Contracts' mode


Well, that was unexpected
Jan 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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Future of Hitman

Square tells us exactly what's happening with Hitman


There are two projects
Jan 07
// Chris Carter
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...
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Hitman

Square Enix Montreal's Hitman reportedly canned


Studio is now working on Hitman for mobile
Jan 06
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
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Square Enix game bundl

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


Hitman, Deus Ex, Just Cause 2, Sleeping Dogs
Sep 16
// Steven Hansen
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...
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Square Enix

Huh? Deus Ex Universe and Hitman Go trademarks found


Good series, odd trademarks
Sep 12
// Jordan Devore
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...
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PS Plus Update

Runner2, Hitman Absolution joining PS Plus this month


Don't mind if I do!
Aug 05
// 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 Es...
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IO focusing on Hitman

IO cancels projects to focus on new Hitman game


Nearly half of IO laid off
Jun 17
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Company's biggest recent releases proved unable to meet targets
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 bill...

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Hitman reboot

Hitman movie reboot 'Agent 47' to star Paul Walker


Yes, *that* Paul Walker
Feb 06
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Hitman HD: Trilogy

Relive the past with Agent 47 in this Hitman HD trailer


A compliation trailer for the Hitman HD trilogy
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
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...
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New releases: Skulls of the Shogun will slay you


Plus Dungeonland, Antichamber, and new 3DS games
Jan 28
// 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...
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Check out this real life Hitman video featuring Agent 47


Eat your heart out Timothy Olyphant
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
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...
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Square Enix confirms Hitman HD: Trilogy limited edition


Individual lithographs of art from included book are available
Jan 10
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Confirmed: Hitman HD: Trilogy for Xbox 360 and PS3


Launching Jan. 2013
Dec 13
// Dale North
The news leaked out on Amazon, so Square Enix has followed up with confirmation: Hitman HD: Trilogy is a real thing, coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 on January 29, 2013, priced at $39.99. It contains Hitman Contracts, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin and Hitman Blood Money, all in HD.  You folks in Europe and the PAL territories will see this collection's release on February 1, 2013.
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Unannounced Hitman Trilogy HD sighted on Amazon


Would you pay $40 for three Hitman games?
Dec 13
// Jordan Devore
Score one for consolidated shelf space. A listing for Hitman Trilogy HD, a compilation which sounds innevitable but has yet to be announced by Square Enix, has been spotted on Amazon. It's even complete with a promotional ima...
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The DTOID Show's 400th Episode Spectacular!


(It's just a regular episode)
Dec 12
// Max Scoville
Here's today's Destructoid Show, which is the 400th episode. According to the folder we keep on the server, which also contains a bunch of E3 videos, so technically it's not the 400th episode. But we wore sombreros anyway.&nb...
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The DTOID Show: Hitman, Tomb Raider & Writer Rumble!


Plus: I want to play Ni No Kuni let me play it now please
Dec 05
// Max Scoville
Okay, secret confession -- today's Destructoid Show was actually shot yesterday. Because today, we have to go on a field trip to preview a bunch of games. If the news seems a little less fresh than usual, that's probably why....
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Hitman: Absolution's death threat stunt goes very wrong


Latest marketing campaign terminated after two hours
Dec 04
// Jim Sterling
It seems controversy and Hitman: Absolution are destined are go hand-in-hand. Square Enix drew fire earlier this year for a trailer in which Agent 47 beat the crap out of fetishized nuns, and was criticized incredibly harshly...
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There's some Adam Jensen in my Hitman: Absolution


Put in Cloud next!
Dec 03
// Dale North
Adam Jensen of Deus Ex: Human Revolution has great hair. Agent 47 of Hitman: Absolution has none. Still, that won't stop him from dressing up as Adam with some new DLC. He gets the Deus Ex Suit and the Deus Ex Zenith gun as ...
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Absolution director comments on next Hitman game


Series taking two-studio approach
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
While it's no secret that the next Hitman installment will be developed at Square Enix Montreal, Hitman Absolution director Tore Blystad has shed some light on the situation. Speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine, he expl...
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The DTOID Show: Wii U Roundup, The Uncharted TCG & GTA V


So much Wii U coverage, you'll barf Rabbids!
Nov 19
// Max Scoville
Hey guys, did you hear about that Wii U thing that got released yesterday? Apparently it's some kind of new portable peripheral for the Nintendo Wii. You know, that thing your grandparents play their bowling games on. In any ...

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