While casually murdering people with your chums is a right old laugh and no mistake, Hitman developer IO Interactive has decided that assassination is best enjoyed alone. IO tossed around the idea of co-op for several games in the sass 'em up series, but found it "never felt right," Hitman: Absolution game director Tore Blystad has said.
"Of course we have been discussing co-op for many Hitman games but it never felt right," Blystad told OXM. "Agent 47 is a loner and we have never found a way to give him a partner, because to be honest, he doesn't need one."
If you want co-op in an IO Interactive game, for now your best bet is the under-appreciated Kane & Lynch 2, though the middle-aged murderermen have distinctly less finesse than Agent 47.
Hitman: Absolution is slated to launch for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this year, one of our Jeff's most anticipated games of 2012. Another Hitman game will also come from Square Enix's new Montreal studio, which opens this year.