Hitman: Absolution

PC, PS3, XB360 / Action / Release: Nov 20, 2012 / ESRB: M

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Xbox Games with Gold: Hitman Absolution & Deadlight in April

Xbox Games with Gold: Hitman Absolution & Deadlight in April

Microsoft has revealed its "Games with Gold" freebies for April, which will have you murdering men in the shadows and surviving the undead. Coming tomorrow will be Hitman: Absolution, followed by Deadlight starting on April 16.

Read more: Last chance for Dungeon Defenders »

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Square Enix changing strategy, going 'back to roots' instead of chasing 'mass appeal'

Square Enix changing strategy, going 'back to roots' instead of chasing 'mass appeal'

A lot of Japanese publishers attempted to have "western appeal" with their games over the past few years. Oftentimes, it didn't really work. Square Enix is one publisher guilty of chasing a global market--to limited success.

Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda recently admitted that making games for a global audience actually does the opposite of what it was intended to do. "In the past, when we developed console games with a worldwide premise, we lost our focus, and not only did they end up being games that weren't for the Japanese, but they ended up being incomplete titles that weren't even fit for a global audience," he said.

Read more: Why Hitman Absolution struggled »

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Next Hitman to feature larger sandbox levels, Contracts mode returning

Next Hitman to feature larger sandbox levels, Contracts mode returning

The next Hitman game may not have been formally announced or given a title, but that isn't stopping IO Interactive from talking openly about it. In an open letter to fans, the team explained its goals and design approach for Agent 47's next adventure, along with a few tweaks to the long-standing formula.

Read more: Larger stages, no magic pockets »

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Hitman: Absolution gets three new contracts today

Hitman: Absolution gets three new contracts today

It's not every day new content just magically shows up for a game that's more than a year old. For some reason, 2012's Hitman: Absolution has been updated today with new contracts for every platform.

Read more: 'Exciting year' coming up »

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Square Enix Montreal's Hitman game canned in favor of mobile game, designer says [updated]

Square Enix Montreal's Hitman game canned in favor of mobile game, designer says [updated]

Update: Square Enix has clarified to Polygon that while Eidos Montreal is working on a mobile Hitman, creator IO Interactive is still working on a new Hitman for PC and next-gen consoles.

Original: The Hitman franchise was supposed to be annualized, with alternating duties between Square Enix Montreal and IO Interactive. However, those plans have been put to rest, as Montreal's AAA console project has been canned.

Read more: Lackluster sales of Absolution »

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Agent 47 was homeless in axed Hitman: Absolution concept

Agent 47 was homeless in axed Hitman: Absolution concept

Hitman: Absolution could have been a very different kind of Hitman game, according to IO Interactive. A new app gives some behind-the-scenes details about the iterative development of Agent 47's latest kill-fest, including scratched concepts regarding a mission for vengeance, and one that had him utterly despondent.

Read more: An Angry and Homeless man »

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Hitman Absolution and Machinarium join PlayStation Plus in August

Hitman Absolution and Machinarium join PlayStation Plus in August

A new month means new additions to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection. Coming to PS3 in August are Hitman Absolution, Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball, and Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. IO Interactive's murder 'em up will be available to download with tomorrow's store update.

Handheld players will be able to try out adventure game Machinarium on Vita. While PSP and Vita owners can download Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower.

Read more: Last chance to get Deus Ex: Human Revolution »

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IO Interactive lays off half of team, studio shifting to Hitman-only focus

IO Interactive lays off half of team, studio shifting to Hitman-only focus

Hitman: Absolution developer IO Interactive has suffered layoffs, as publisher Square Enix reshapes the studio to focus squarely on Hitman projects. The studio has lost almost half of its employees in what Square calls "significant changes" to its business structure.

Read more: Studio now focused on 'new triple-A Hitman' »

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Hitman: Sniper Challenge now free-to-play on PC

Hitman: Sniper Challenge now free-to-play on PC

Hitman: Sniper Challenge and Gyromancer have been added to Square Enix's free-to-play Core Online platform, the company announced today. The ad and subscription-supported platform now boasts six games in all, including Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Tomb Raider Underworld, Hitman: Blood Money, and Mini Ninjas.

Read more: Free for 20 minutes, or $2.99 monthly »

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Square Enix banked on Tomb Raider, Hitman and Sleeping Dogs selling a third more

Square Enix banked on Tomb Raider, Hitman and Sleeping Dogs selling a third more

Square Enix blamed lower-than-predicted sales of Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider for unexpected losses in the last financial year as it launched a costly restructuring, yet it seemed the games weren't selling particularly poorly. So how high were Squeenix's expectations? Arguably unrealistic, it had forecast sales figures about a third higher than the games actually managed.

Read more: Banked on so-called "extremely high" Metacritic scores »

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Hitman: Absolution companion app now available

Hitman: Absolution companion app now available

Hitman: Absolution has gotten its own free companion app, Square Enix announced today. The "Hitman: ICA" app lets you buy and upgrade weapons, queue up Contracts, and get in-game hints.

Read more: Includes achievements, stat-tracking »

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Square Enix restructuring as Tomb Raider and Hitman sales fall short

Square Enix restructuring as Tomb Raider and Hitman sales fall short

Developer and publisher Square Enix has changed its positive predictions for the current financial year from a healthy profit to a crippling loss, and announced plans to bring in expensive reforms and restructuring. Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, and Tomb Raider all failed to meet high sales expectations. The company had forecast a net profit of around $37 million for the fiscal year, which ends March 31, but has now revised that to be a whopping $138 million loss. Ouch.

Read more: "Major reforms and restructuring" coming »

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Steam 2012 Holiday Sale now live

Steam 2012 Holiday Sale now live

Steam's holiday sale has started up, and is set to last through January 5. Today's initial offerings offer deals on a few games and the entire library of some series. These come alongside Flash Sales, a community vote for the next sale game, and various publisher packs.

Read more: Scribblenauts and Mirror's Edge for cheap »

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Next Hitman will have Square Enix Montreal's own spin

Next Hitman will have Square Enix Montreal's own spin

Hitman creator IO Interactive is moving onto something new after Hitman: Absolution, with the series continuing at Square Enix's new Montreal studio. But how will this crazy arrangement work, and who will shape the future of Hitman? IO has answered a few questions.

Read more: "It's like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward" »

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Hitman: Absolution ditches single-use codes for Contracts mode

Hitman: Absolution ditches single-use codes for Contracts mode

Hitman: Absolution's Contracts mode was supposed to be locked off behind a single-use code included with new copies, but no longer. All and sundry will be able to challenge their chums, no code required, to match their feats of killing men in a way of their choosing.

Read more: Codes still appear in some regions »

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