Following up on the reveal of Hitman at this year's E3 event, IO Interactive released a new playthrough of the game featuring 15 full minutes of gameplay. There are a lot of details rolled out in the video and it helps give gamers an idea of what to expect from the title.
You can check out the video below from the Hitman YouTube channel.
The video centers around the target of Victor Novikov, the leader of a spy ring called IAGO. Think of it as the Hitman version of James Bond's Spectre.
There's a ton of different ways to approach the missions in this new Hitman game. One of the new features is that you can climb on things, such as going over the fence or going through drain pipes. You can also shimmy across ledges or climb around on the outside of the premises. This adds a slight Assassin's Creed feel to the game, but it's also a neat way of adding a lot of variety to the game so that players have options on how they can approach various areas and objectives.
300 NPCs throughout the stage, some of which can become contracts themselves in the returning contract mode from Hitman: Absolution.
The video also covers how disguises work in this game and how there is a new type of NPC that can become leery or suspicious of various disguises. For instance, Enforcers can see through agent 47's disguises because they're trained to know who's who. These are rare NPCs where they will likely spot you out if you're in a restricted area posing as someone that you're not. It adds an extra layer of tension and suspense to the game when you're moving through high security locations.
There are also different types of Enforcers. Some will only be able to see through specific disguises in certain areas – such as security forces recognizing that you're not a security guard – while others will be able to spot you no matter what disguise you have on. It's an added measure to keep the challenge high and the gameplay unpredictable.
It's amazing but 15 minutes of gameplay was just not enough time to really cover all of the different possibilities and options available in the upcoming game. If all the stages are as intricate and detailed as this particular level then the new Hitman title could easily be one of the biggest and most engaging game within the series.
I'm not entirely fond of how they plan to break the game up into parts but we'll see what the pricing is like and whether or not there will be a “complete” version at some point down the line. I just hope it's not one of those games tied to some sort of online service, because that would be a real shame.
Hitman is due for release on December 8th for the PS4, PC and Xbox One.