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Platform PS3, 360, Win Publisher Square Enix Developer IO Interactive Release Date 2012-11-20

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Hitman: Absolution review: the man comes around

Death in Hitman is best-served at the hands of a elaborately orchestrated series of events The Hitman series has always been less about wanton violence than one would think, given the whole "predicated on murder-for-hire" thing. Sure, every Hitman title has allowed for emergent gameplay possibilities and a free hand in how you handle your contracts. But the metagame has always been about a perfect hit, ideally achieved without firing a single shot. Hitman: Absolution continues this tradition. It's as much a puzzle game as it is an action title, as you explore each environment figuring out where you can go, what you can do, what accidents you can cause, and where you can hide the bodies. It's one of the few games where restarting a level when you make a mistake makes sense — the most...

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Hitman: Absolution, Deadlight join April's Games with Gold

Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight will be available for free to Xbox Live Gold members in April, Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb announced via his blog. On April 1, users can grab Hitman: Absolution, typically priced at $19.99, until April 15. The game was released in 2012 by IO Interactive and Square Enix and is the fifth entry in the Hitman series, in which players reprise their role as Agent 47. From April 16 - 30, users can pick up Deadlight, usually available for $14.99. Tequila Works' sidescrolling horror game, also released in 2012, follows a former park ranger searching for his family in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. For more, check out our reviews for Hitman: Absolution or Deadlight. Microsoft's Games with Gold program, announced last July, offers Xbox Live Gold subscribers two...

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Next Hitman will feature Contracts, open design and largest levels yet

The next installment in the Hitman series will feature "a globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career," according to an "open letter to all Hitman fans" published on the series' official site. The unnamed game from IO Interactive will provide the bald assassin with backup from the "whole of the ICA" and his longtime companion Diana Burnwood. "The game concentrates on the core Hitman fantasy of using a wide range of tools to take out a diverse group of targets across expansive, exotic locations around the world," the letter reads. "We are building this game on the backbone of the Glacier 2 engine, using the best parts and what we have learnt through Hitman: Absolution and drawing inspiration from past titles like Contracts and Blood Money to fulfil the core Hitman fantasy. That...

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Hitman: Absolution leads PS Store's August offerings

Hitman: Absolution, last year's stealth action title from IO Interactive, will be free for PlayStation Plus members starting tomorrow, Aug. 6, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog today. Joining Hitman: Absolution (regularly $19.99) in the Instant Game Collection this month will be the following games: Gaijin Games' platformer Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PlayStation 3, regularly $14.99), Zen Studios' Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (available for PS3 and PS Vita through Cross Buy, regularly $9.99) Capcom's fighting game Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PS Vita and PSP, regularly $9.99) Amanita Design's point-and-click puzzle adventure Machinarium (PS Vita, regularly $6.99). Sony has not announced the dates at which those titles...

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Summer sale at Square Enix online store

Square Enix is holding a summer sale on its e-store, offering both older and more recent games at discount. Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs will be available for up to 50% off from today through Sunday, August 4. Tomb Raider PC download is down from $49.99 to $24.99. Sleeping Dogs PC download is down from $29.99 to $14.99. Hitman: Absolution on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is down from $39.99 to $29.99 Deus Ex on Xbox 360 is down from $29.99 to $24.99. Dead Island PC download is down from $19.99 to $9.99. Just Cause 2 on PlayStation 3 is down from $19.99 to $9.99. More information at Square Enix e-store.

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Skylanders, Epic Mickey 2, more discounted in Amazon Gold Box

Amazon has been running Lightning Deals for video games in its Gold Box all day, and discounts on some big games, such as Epic Mickey 2 and Hitman: Absolution, are still coming later today. The Skylanders Giants Starter Pack is the deal of the day at $29 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii or Nintendo 3DS, a 52 percent discount from the regular price of $59.99. Here are the remaining Lightning Deal listings, along with our best guesses at the products they're describing: 12 p.m. ET: "Get the portal for the ultimate battle to save Skylands." (Skylanders Giants Portal Owners Pack) 3 p.m.: "A new adventure that lets you bring the Skylanders to life on your mobile device." (Skylanders Battlegrounds Mobile Starter Pack) 5 p.m.: "Join Mickey and Oswald in an epic battle." (Epic Mickey 2: The...

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GDC Europe sessions include Wii U, Hitman: Absolution talks

Panels on developing Wii U software and Hitman: Absolution are among the list of sessions scheduled for GDC Europe 2013 next month, the event's organizers announced recently. Nintendo of Europe representatives will give two lectures about developing on Wii U. "Nintendo Wii U Application Development with HTML and JavaScript" will focus on the ways in which those programming languages allow people to cut down development time and take advantage of the Wii U's unique hardware. In "Unity, Wii U and You," a Nintendo of Europe engineer and a Unity Technologies developer will discuss the benefits of using the Unity engine to make Wii U games. The crowd AI in IO Interactive's Hitman: Absolution played an important role in making the game world believable, and in "Creating the AI for the...

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Io Interactive lays off 'almost half' its staff, focusing on Hitman (update)

Io Interactive, best known for games like Hitman: Absolution, has laid off almost half its staff. The Danish-based Square Enix subsidiary issued a statement to Develop saying that the company had canceled all projects unrelated to its Hitman franchise. "We have taken the difficult decision to cancel other studio projects and initiatives at Io and reduce the workforce in this studio," the statement read, "which will impact almost half of the employees currently at Io, as we make internal adjustments to face the challenges of today's market." The statement added that, "Hannes Seifert, formerly Production Director for three years at the studio, will take over the position of Studio Head." It is unclear which senior staff have been released. Polygon has contacted Square Enix for...

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Square Enix blames competitive console market for multi-million yen losses

Square Enix experienced significant losses during this fiscal quarter, blaming the "increasingly competitive and oligopolistic" console market throughout North America and Europe as a primary reason behind its multi-million yen dive. Today the publisher released its financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, confirming a net loss of 13,714 million yen. Square Enix acknowledged its restructuring efforts — which recently resulted in large-scale layoffs and the departure of CEO Yoichi Wada — had a hand in these recent losses. "In response to the latest environmental changes in the game industry, the Group has implemented various strategic initiatives such as a change in its development policy, organizational reforms and redesign of some business models. . As a result of...

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Tomb Raider and Quantum Conundrum bundled for $29.99 on PSN this weekend

A $29.99 downloadable bundle of Tomb Raider and Quantum Conundrum for PlayStation 3 is available this weekend through the PlayStation Network, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog by Megan Marie, community manager at Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics. The 50 percent off sale is available in the U.S. PlayStation Store, as well as those in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The Tomb Raider Digital Edition bundle includes the full game, the Shantytown multiplayer map pack, three outfits in the Tomb Raider Outfit Pack and three weapons from Hitman: Absolution, which is also published by Square Enix. The PlayStation Store listing also reveals that the purchase includes Quantum Conundrum, Airtight Games' first-person puzzle game from Kim Swift, Portal's lead designer. ...

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Hitman ICA launch trailer touts benefits of being an assassin with an iPad

A launch trailer for Square Enix's Hitman ICA, a companion app to last year's Hitman: Absolution, shows off the new benefits that the app provides. Grounded in the fiction of being the internal database of the International Contracts Agency, the app keeps track of a player's progress in game — proficiency with certain weapons, for example — and unlocks rewards such as other weapons and disguises appropriately. It also provides the player with a way to compare performance to other Hitman players around the globe. Hitman ICA is now available for iOS and Android.

Hitman: Absolution Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 11/20/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer IO Interactive
    • Score 8.5
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 11/20/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer IO Interactive
    • Score 8.5
  • Windows
    • Released 11/20/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer IO Interactive
    • Score 8.5
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