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Warner Bros and IO Interactive announce Hitman 2

OK folks, E3 is cancelled, I have all the news I need right here! Well, maybe a slight overreaction but I am so stoked to hear this news. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and independent game developer, IO Interactive have announced that Hitman 2 will be released on 13th November 2018 with a new Sniper Assassin mode that is available now for anyone who pre-orders.

Hitman 2 is the follow-up to the 2016 released Hitman Season 1 and will feature entirely new hyper-detailed sandboxes full of living, breathing environments to explore. The lack of the word ‘season’ confirms that the episodic release won’t be happening this time, but IO interactive have assured us that the post launch content of the elusive targets and special one-off content drops of new missions will still be present.

Hitman 2 takes players on a global adventure across a mix of bustling international locations, including a vibrant Miami setting with the colourful ambience of an in-progress motorsport race bringing a new backdrop to the series. From sun-drenched streets to dark and dangerous rainforests, each intricate location provides multiple paths to discover and unparalleled game depth.

Continuing the ultimate spy thriller story, Hitman 2 allows players to take on the role of the masterful Agent 47 and embark on a mission to hunt the elusive Shadow Client and unravel his militia once and for all. However, when 47 learns the hidden truth about his past, nothing will ever be the same.

Hitman 2 introduces new ways to play with the Sniper Assassin mode, a standalone feature that brings a co-op experience to the Hitman series for the first time, allowing two players to work together online to take down their targets. Sniper Assassin can also be enjoyed in a single player mode for those who want to play as Agent 47.

Sniper Assassin is available to play now as an early access bonus for consumers who pre-order the Hitman Standard, Gold or Collector’s Edition. The Hitman 2 Standard Edition is available for pre-order now. The Gold Edition is available for pre-order now exclusively at UK retailer GAME. The Collector’s Edition will be available for pre-order soon.

“We are thrilled to partner with IO Interactive on HITMAN™ 2 and bring the latest game in this iconic franchise to the passionate HITMAN™ fanbase and new players,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “IO Interactive has done a fantastic job with the Hitman franchise, and this new game will provide a distinct gameplay experience for players to be creative in larger sandbox locations.”

“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,” said Hakan Abrak, CEO, IO Interactive. “We 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!”

That sound you hear is me heading off to pre-order!

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IO Interactive team up with Warner Bros in Hitman publishing deal

IO Interactive team up with Warner Bros in Hitman publishing deal

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and independent game developer, IO Interactive have announced a worldwide publishing and distribution agreement for the acclaimed international video game, Hitman. As part of this agreement, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will publish the Hitman: Definitive Edition, which will be available in retail stores on 18th May 2018.

The Hitman: Definitive Edition will feature new in-game disguises for Agent 47 inspired by classic IO Interactive titles – Freedom Fighters, Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas – celebrating the Danish studio’s 20th anniversary, in addition to all previously released content and game updates from the first season of Hitman.

“We’re very excited to be working with IO Interactive, a talented studio with a long-standing legacy creating the iconic Hitman games,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The passionate, global Hitman community has embraced the recent return of the series, and we’re thrilled to bring the Hitman: Definitive Edition to fans and new players next month.”

“We’re super excited to be working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Hitman and together releasing the Hitman: Definitive Edition to new players,” said Hakan Abrak, CEO IO Interactive. “Working with a partner like WBIE means that the team at IOI can stay focused on what we’re good at, making games.”

The Hitman: Definitive Edition will include the following content:

  • IO Interactive’s 20th Anniversary Outfit Bundle – Three new outfits inspired by Freedom Fighters, Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas
  • Hitman Season One (Main Game) – Seven exotic locations from the first season, including Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh, Bangkok, Colorado and Hokkaido, along with the ICA Facility
  • Hitman Game of the Year Edition Content – Four missions from the Patient Zero Campaign, three themed Escalation Contracts that unlock three unique weapons, as well as the Clown Suit, Cowboy Suit and Raven Suit from the recent Game of the Year digital release
  • Hitman Summer Bonus Episode – Featuring ICA bonus missions in Sapienza and Marrakesh
  • Hitman: Blood Money Requiem Pack – Including the Requiem Suit, Pale Duck Explosive and ICA Chrome Pistol
  • All featured Contracts, Escalation Contracts, Challenge Packs and game updates from Hitman Season One and the Hitman Game of the Year Edition

Have A Killer Xmas with Hitman!

On December 15th, IO Interactive will release the Hitman Holiday Pack that will allow anyone on PC, PS4 or Xbox One full access to the Paris destination. This FREE download will include the first major story mission from the game, ‘Showstopper’, plus all of the Escalation Contracts released for Paris, the ‘Holiday Hoarders’ mission plus the Paris Challenge Packs and achievements/trophies too! It will also allow you to play the future re-activated Elusive Targets in Paris. The Holiday Hoarders mission is great fun to play for all you ‘Home Alone’ fans out there as it features Harry and Marv!

The Hitman Holiday Pack is only available for a limited time, from December 15th to January 5th. Once you’ve downloaded it, Paris is yours to keep permanently. All of your progress and mission mastery will carry through to the full game when you choose to upgrade to the Game of the Year Edition released last month.

You’ll find the Hitman Holiday Pack either through the new in-game store or by searching on Xbox Live, PSN or Steam for “Hitman Holiday Pack”, starting on December 15th.

October update revealed for Hitman which includes “New” content!

IO Interactive are still releasing new content for (my 2016 GOTY) Hitman. The last few months have seen the content shift to user created contracts, but this month sees a tease for some new original content.

On the official press statement Travis from IO stated;

“Mark this date on your calendars: October 24th. That’s the date when we will reveal brand new content for the game.
We’re going to let the announcement itself do all the talking, but there is one thing we want to clarify before then; this upcoming content is not “Season 2”. We’re saying that now to keep expectations in check.
So, save the date, let’s hope it doesn’t leak and we’ll see you there!”

Exciting news for the Hitman fans out there! However, even without that there is still a lot of new content being added.

On October 13th there will be 10 new featured contracts and a Master Scarecrow challenge pack.

“Colorado is the only location yet to have an added Challenge Pack. That ends this month with the release of The Master Scarecrow Challenge Pack. Look forward to 5 new challenges, each with a high amount of location mastery; a great way to top out your mastery and collect any remaining unlocks. Completing all of the challenges will unlock a new item for 47 to use in all locations. We’ll reveal more about this Challenge Pack and the new item next week.”

Could Multiplayer be coming to Hitman?

A recent job posting on business social media platform LinkedIn from Hitman developer IO Interactive has hinted at multiplayer coming to Hitman, or suggests the Danish developer is working on other titles.

The job description of Multiplayer Programmer is described as –

Io-Interactive is currently looking for a network/multiplayer programmer to join our Multiplayer team in Copenhagen, in order to extend our state-of-the-art Glacier 2 technology with multiplayer capabilities. Help us bring multiplayer to new projects at Io-Interactive.

As a member of the Multiplayer team you will contribute to design and implement the network/multiplayer stack for the Glacier 2 engine and for the games that needs to support multiplayer.

Your team will be responsible for the development of the network layer, work closely with the engine team to co-develop the object replication layer, collaborate with the AI/gameplay team to define and implement network aware features, workflows and setups, share responsibility with the online team to create, run and monitor our game-servers and backend infrastructure.

The job description also states it would be advantageous to have experience working on Xbox and PS4 Consoles.

So, is this Hitman? Or a new, or reboot of another franchise?

Hitman: Sniper Challenge shoots onto Backwards Compatibility

The new owner of the Hitman IP, IO Interactive has tweeted to announce that Hitman Sniper Challenge is now available on backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. There is some confusion as apparently this has been available previously with the BC release of Hitman Absolution.

Sniper Challenge was an exclusive standalone pre-order sniper experience, available to gamers who pre-ordered Absolution.

But, if the developer says its now available then I believe them, due to the fact that I personally LOVE this dev team!

Hitman July Update and Mr Giggles revealed as final Elusive Target

It always gives me great pleasure to write up news about Hitman, and I am so looking forward to writing the news piece about the launch of Season 2! Until then, IO Interactive keeps the updates coming and the July patch has released this week.

According to IO the July update has made the game “more satisfying and viable for all players.” In particular, the developer has reduced the rate of NPC pistols. It has also reduced the amount of damage that players take at mid- to long distances, while the rate their health recovers has been increased. Full patch notes are below.

The final (sob) elusive target has also been reveales as “Mr Giggles” an entertainer of the more macabre kind. He will be somewhere in Marrakesh for the next 10 days, and as usual I will be recording my attempt for your viewing pleasure. The last elusive target went well for me as you can see below!

The Hitman July 2017 Patch Notes are;

  • Xbox One Loading Times – After a recent update, Xbox One users reported to us that the game was taking longer to load than usual, especially when restarting a contract. We’ve looked into this and now have the Xbox One loading times back to where they should be. Thanks to our Xbox One players who reported this.
  • Excuse me, I found a weapon – We’ve fixed an issue that could cause guards to repeatedly drop weapons that they discovered on the ground. This issue was prominent on The Icon mission.
  • Bathroom Break – We’ve fixed an issue that could cause the toilet in the Marrakesh school to behave erratically after 47 kicks it onto Zaydan. This could occasionally result in 47’s death. Seriously.
  • Cancelling Connecting – We’ve fixed an issue that could cause players to inadvertently cancel the “connecting” prompt and enter “Offline Mode.”
  • Opportunity Lost After Loading – We’ve fixed an issue that could cause the Opportunity Marker (the little light bulb) to disappear after a save/load cycle.
  • Trespassing v Hostile Area – We’ve implemented a fix for a Known Issue from our June Update. The “Trespassing” and “Hostile Area” status messages on the mini-map now display correctly.
  • Maximum Mastery – We heard that some players have had issues unlocking the trophies/achievements associated with reaching Mastery level 20 in various locations. We’ve implemented a change so that the game will re-check whether you have reached level 20 when you launch the game and award the appropriate trophies/achievements.
  • Unconscious Witness – We’ve also implemented a fix for the other Known Issue from our June Update. The “Unconscious Witness” status on the mini-map is know displayed correctly.
  • Miscellaneous Bug Fixes – We’ve fixed other minor issues across the board to keep the game in fantastic shape.

Hitman July Content Announced

It may come as a surprise to some of you, but I flipping love Hitman. IO Interactive, now the owners of the Hitman IP, have announced the July content coming for Agent 47. This is the 16th consecutive month of new free content that has been released, which is stunning!

So, whats available? Travis from IO Interactive has announced the following!

“This month is a bit special because it brings the final Elusive Target for Season One. On top of that, we have a new Escalation Contract in Sapienza, a fresh (and super-sized) batch of Featured Contracts and the July game update.
The first content to arrive on 7th July is this month’s Escalation Contract; The Hamartia Compulsion. This Escalation Contract is the 12th that we have released for Sapienza and challenges you with 5 different stages. Expect three different targets, a sticky pistol complication and a few other surprises.

Once you have completed all 5 stages, earned the corresponding challenge and Mastery XP, we’ve lined up a bumper selection of Featured Contracts for July.
Contracts Mode allows you to create your own contracts and share them with friends, adding to the already insane replay-ability offered across all locations. Every month, we pick out the best of the Contracts that have been submitted, shared with us or that we’ve seen discussed among our players.
15 new Featured Contracts will be added to the game on 7th July and this week’s featured contract creators are… Quinez, Spodeq, AGENT4T7, BernardoOne, Euler 13, Gule, Pagan, GKPunk, Urben, Ed ll3, Niobium, immadummee, Silverballer, SnakeGun and Mendietinha.
Our July content will be released over a few different dates. The final Elusive Target for Season One will arrive later in the month and will be on the Marrakesh Bonus mission; A House Built on Sand. As the contract is in Marrakesh, you’ll unlock the Summer Suit with Gloves if this is the first ET you complete in Marrakesh. Equally, if you earn your first SA rating for this ET, you’ll unlock the Terminus Suit. Check the challenges in-game to see what suits you can still unlock through Elusive Targets, all depending on how many of the previous Elusive Targets you’ve completed.
We are also planning a game update for this month. We’ll have details to share and full release notes closer to when we’re releasing it.”

Hitman June content announced despite studio for sale

Despite the studio and the Hitman IP being put up for sale by Square Enix, developer IO Interactive have announced the June content coming for Hitman.  My game of the year in 2016 continues to be supported, which given the woes at the Danish studio, does come as a bit of a surprise.

The content includes two Escalation Contracts: The Spaggiari Subversion in Sapienza’s “Landslide” bonus mission and The Asya Attunement in Bangkok, along with another Elusive Target, which continue to be the most enjoyable and nerve-wracking missions in the game. IO have called this 25th target the penultimate one, which will be available in late June and set in Hokkaido, Japan. There will also be another 10 featured contracts added plus a mandatory game update which IO says “This update will be mandatory for all players and we’re very excited to talk about what it includes. Full release notes and exact timings for this update will also be shared as we get closer to its release date”.

Heres hoping that IO and the Hitman series can find a new owner very soon, giving that development is well under way for season 2, scheduled for release in 2018.  Phil Spencer?

Keep an eye out on the This Is Xbox YouTube page for my attempt of the elusive target once it becomes live!

Hitman SteelBook Edition video reveals what’s in the box?

With only one day left before Hitman The Complete First Season launches, a new video’s been released showing us what to expect and also detailing the SteelBook Edition. So let’s head over to that ever so popular shopping channel SQCX TV and see what amazing deals they have on offer today.

So erm.. there you have it, the SteelBook Edition comes with the following;

  • SteelBook Case
  • Official Hitman Soundtrack
  • Making of Hitman Documentary
  • Blood Money Pack
  • Bonus Missions

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For further information about Hitman check out the Official Website. Hitman The Complete First Season is available on January 31st for the Xbox One