It was rumored that a new Hitman game was in development. IO Interactive has been teasing it for a short while now and the company finally delivered by making the announcement in connection with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. An announcement trailer also accompanied the news.
The trailer for the game was published over on the official Hitman YouTube channel, which makes sense. Although, I guess I was expecting it on WB Games' channel after IO Interactive and Square Enix parted ways, but that's not terribly important. It's a minute long trailer, keeping things tight and taut while introducing gamers to Hitman 2, which is due out on November 13th, 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
The trailer starts with Agent 47 looking over the schematics of a race about to take place. We see that he's managed to infiltrate the pit crew and plant an explosive inside the wheel of one of the race cars. When he activates the trigger through a remote smart device, the car explodes, sending the vehicle flying and the driver to an early grave.
The voiceover for the Hitman 2 mysteriously talks about cause and effect, and how events can converge on a single point in time to create the kind of scenarios we see playing out in the trailer.
In fact, we get a redo of the situation, this time with Agent 47 altering the front axle on the race car, forcing the car to spin out of control and crash into the barricade.
This ties into the trailer's promotion of the new Hitman game encouraging players to choose different methods and attempt to alter their play-styles to try different tactics for the best results.
We then finally get to see Agent 47 walking down a hallway, shooting his silenced pistol and killing a security guard by hitting him in the back.
We also get to see a number of different ways in which 47 can incapacitate foes, using the garote wire, or environmental objects, or simply fisticuffs.
The voiceover then states that we live in a world of assassins and that Agent 47 is the best of them all. In some ways I can't help but draw parallels to the John Wick universe, with which the Hitman universe seems to be converging into a world of competing assassins and shady organizations control the outcome of people's fate from behind the shadows.
In fact, part of the description for Hitman 2 is that the plot centers around the Shadow Clients and unraveling the mystery behind them, as well as traveling to six different exotic locations spread around the world.
We don't get to see much in the way of gameplay, but we do know that IO Interactive is promising even bigger kills and more elaborate setups than what was featured in the 2016 outing of the popular stealth-assassin video game.
Expect to learn more about Hitman 2 for home consoles and PC at E3 this year.