First exciting details on Hitman for PS4 and Xbox One revealed, no more “magic pockets”

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IO Interactive has today taken the time out to address the studio’s biggest Hitman fans with an open letter discussing what the team has planned for the next “AAA Hitman game for PC and next-gen consoles.”

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– Hitman: Absolution

Something Old

Out the gate, the letter assures fans that this new project has the team’s “total focus” but they’re excited to let us all know a few small details to whet our collective appetites:

“In the next game you will experience a globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career – the apex predator stalking his prey across the world, with the support of his long-term handler Diana Burnwood and the whole of the ICA,” the letter begins, which must immediately make long-time Hitman fans happy to hear about a return to the series’ roots.

In the next Hitman game, you’ll once again be faced with overwhelming odds while travelling to “expansive” and “exotic” locales around the world, while development continues on the team’s Glacier 2 engine.

Something New

If you were a fan of Hitman: Absolution, you’ll be pleased to know that IO isn’t throwing everything from that game away and is taking care to use “the best parts” of what they learned during that game’s development while drawing inspiration from Hitman: Contracts and Blood Money in order to best “fulfil the core Hitman fantasy.”

“That means we’re packing in an extreme level of detail on the largest levels we have ever built for a Hitman game,” write IO. “We’ve adopted an open, non-linear level design approach to the game, ensuring the game will play out across huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels. Our aim is to create living, breathing and believable levels which will allow gamers to play around with the AI to create those unique moments every fan of the Hitman franchise loves.”

Something Borrowed

Absolution fans will also be happy to hear that the favourite user generation mission feature, the Contracts Mode, will be back in the next Hitman game while “experimenting with the large levels and possibilities within them.” Hitman purists, on the other hand, will take heart from the following sentence:

“You will also be glad to hear that we have removed 47’s magic pockets. We believe that’s all we need to say about that subject.”

Something Blue

IO Interactive promises that more will be revealed as 2014 barrels along, saying that there are “so many things we have planned and we are extremely excited for the future of Hitman.”

Are you as excited about the future of the Hitman series as IO Interactive is? What would you like to see in the next game on new generation consoles?


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