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!