Hitman: Absolution 'Run for Your Life' trailer director's commentary

By Jeff Mattas, Nov 03, 2011 2:15pm PDT

IO Interactive has released a lengthy new trailer for Hitman: Absolution, which shows off some of the new features and improvements being made in the series' latest installment. Taking place on a rainy Chicago night, bald and bar-coded badass Agent 47 must evade scores of cops in a derelict library and make his way through a "hippie apartment" filled with drugs, before finally disappearing into a giant crowd of passers-by.

The Glacier 2 engine looks like it'll deliver the most visually-pleasing Hitman game to date, and the developers claim that the new "Intelligence Spectrum" the game uses allows for much more nuanced AI behavior. According to the trailer, gunplay has seen significant improvements, as has the series' disguise mechanics. A brand new "Instinct" meter can be used to survey enemies through walls (much like Batman: Arkham City's Detective Mode), but also allows disguised players to avoid detection for brief periods when being closely scrutinized by enemies.

Hitman: Absolution is planned for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, though the developers have yet to announce a release date.

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