'Hitman: Absolution' brings back original Agent 47 voice actor David Bateson

Hitman: Absolution's protagonist, Agent 47, will once again be voiced by David Bateson, publisher Square Enix announced today.

Hitman: Absolution's protagonist, Agent 47, will once again be voiced by David Bateson, publisher Square Enix announced today.

The news comes more than a year after Bateson said he had been "unceremoniously dropped from the franchise." The statement caused an outcry from longtime Hitman fans, who drew up an online petition to reinstate Bateson as Agent 47.

Square Enix has since reconsidered and re-hired Bateson, apparently because IO could not find anyone better suited for the role — the press release mentions "a long search" for Bateson's replacement. "Like all long running relationships," said Square Enix brand manager Jon Brooke, "sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. Looking back I think we were just playing hard to get."

IO also released a short audio clip (embedded below) from Bateson, who said, "I'm really happy to announce to all the loyal Hitman fans that everything has fallen into place."

While Bateson will provide 47's voice, actor William Mapother (Lost, Justified) is performing the character's motion capture work. The two join Absolution's previously announced roster of voice talent, which includes Powers Boothe, Vivica A. Fox, Keith Carradine, Shannyn Sossamon, and Marsha Thomason.

Hitman: Absolution is launching on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 20th.

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