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'Real Life Hitman' gives YouTubers control over an actual Agent 47

Watch what happens when Hitman gets real

Hitman developer IO Interactive has teamed up with Realm Pictures to create a real-life version of the stealth-based action game. The video, seen above, is nearly 10 minutes of YouTubers — like Smosh and members of the OpTic Gaming esports team — playing through a high-anxiety version of Hitman, one that stars an actual Agent 47 in the real world instead of a virtual one.

In the video's description, Realm Pictures says that IO Interactive approached them to create the interactive game following the viral success of their "Real-Life FPS" project. That video, which later spawned a sequel, saw Chatroulette and Omegle users issue commands to a live first-person shooter game that unfolds in real time.

It's the sort of undertaking that needs to be seen to be properly understood. Realm Pictures also uploaded a behind-the-scenes documentary that details the making of the Hitman project. You can watch that below to get a better sense of how "Real Life Hitman" was conceived from start to finish.

The latest Hitman title launches March 11, and will be the first in the series's first episodic release. On launch day, players can buy a digital copy of the full game upfront for $59.99 or purchase an intro pack, containing the prologue mission and a map based on Paris, for $15. Publisher Square Enix will release five more locations over the course of the year, with all content available by the end of 2016. These will cost $10 each upon release.

Take a look at the digital version of Hitman below.

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