Hitman 2 is out this November, larger, bolder, murderier

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Much like Agent 47, Hitman 2‘s approach wasn’t almost as stealthy because it hoped to be, however the finish outcomes aren’t to be sniffed at. Eagle-eyed web individuals spotted its logo a few days back, however as we speak Io Interactive formally introduced the sequel to 2016’s episodic murder-sandbox. Unlike the earlier sport, this one might be launched multi function go (with plans for later expansions) and is offered for pre-order, with the deal sweetened by fast entry to the Sniper Assassin co-op mode.

Not to be confused with that other Hitman 2, this new one appears to be like to be extra of the identical compelling and replayable puzzle-box gameplay that the earlier sport almost perfected. Big complicated environments crammed with shifting items and accidents simply ready to occur, and also you set unfastened with a naughty-list of targets and a field of toys. Io say maps might be even bigger this time to facilitate extra sniping enjoyable and also you’ll be capable of smuggle in heavier gear utilizing 47’s trendy little briefcase, which was lacking from the earlier sport.

There might be somewhat extra give attention to story this time spherical, with forces closing in on Agent 47 and his handler, Diana. Io say that they’ll additionally have a look into 47’s previous and origin story somewhat, which is one thing that the pre-reboot video games explored and concluded fairly totally. Io additionally joked that for the primary time they left sufficient characters alive to justify a full sequel, as earlier video games did have a tendency to finish in a competition of violence that tied up most potential plot threads.

Nearly all of Hitman 2016’s options are confirmed current and proper, together with elusive targets, contract missions, escalations, and apparently some new game-modes coming as nicely. One solely new characteristic is the Sniper Assassin mode, the place two gamers management two new characters, and clear up all their issues by high-calibre bullets deployed from excessive vary. It kinda jogs my memory of the previous arcade sport Silent Scope, and when you can’t transfer round (it’s a pure sniping problem) there’s nonetheless a little bit of Hitman’s easter-egg heavy, multiple-solution type right here.

The debut stream additionally confirmed off one of many foremost missions from the sport. Set in Miami, 47 might be infiltrating a high-profile endurance touring automotive race occasion, which suggests large roads, large buildings, and big crowds. Among the various doable disguises are a pair of flamingo mascot fits, one among which you’ll see above, and I can not wait to decorate the grumpy bald murder-man in that. Your goal there might be a pair of high-ranking people working for an evil tech firm – I do admire that Hitman has made steps in the direction of addressing its karmic steadiness.

My solely concern is the pricing of the sport. It’s not shocking that the primary model of the sport prices £45/$60, however there are additionally Silver and Gold editions costing £60/$80 and £70/$100 respectively. Silver guarantees one enlargement, Gold guarantees two, however the wording chosen might betray their scale; Silver provides a ‘new location’ and Gold provides ‘new locations’. Only one new map per pack? I’d be glad to be mistaken, however I’m the cynical kind in terms of main publishers, and Io Interactive have partnered with mega-studio Warner Bros for this one.

Hitman 2 might be arriving on November 13th, and you may wishlist or pre-order it over on Steam here.

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