Hitman 2 is coming. That’s one thing we’ve been capable of piece collectively by way of various hints during the last week, in the identical method you construct up an image of a Hitman degree – by gradual remark, and generally an astute change of garments.
Developer IO Interactive are almost certainly constructing to a full reveal at new writer Warner Bros’ pre-E3 showcase, which simply so occurs to be in a while at the moment, at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST / 6 PM BST. WB Games have been teasing the livestream for the higher a part of three days – so it appears they’ve one thing substantial to indicate us.
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We’ve been anticipating one other Hitman ever since IO began referring to the final recreation as ‘The Complete First Season’, which reasonably suggests there’s going to be a Season 2. The Hitman reboot proved to be a return to kind for the sequence, after the leaden and muddled Absolution, so count on IO to construct on the identical sandbox system they’ve perfected over the previous few years.
We’ve been monitoring developments on Hitman 2 all week, however be a part of us for a extra complete account of its actions under.
With the total, official announcement nonetheless across the nook (carrying a chef’s hat and able to whack us on the bonce with a non-stick pan), we don’t but know precisely after we’ll be getting Hitman 2. The reply we do get isn’t more likely to be easy, both. We’ll get again to that later.
Episodic or full recreation?
As you’ll know when you’ve been following the sequence, the final Hitman loved a staggered launch, arriving in six episodes between March and October 2016. That was a courageous choice on the time, however it proved profitable and common, so we’ve no cause to consider that IO will undertake a extra conventional launch schedule for this second outing.
The solely change that might put the piano wire to that plan is a brand new writer. Square Enix stunned the trade final 12 months by saying plans to promote IO Interactive – regardless of Hitman Season 1’s success, they’d determined its yield merely wasn’t definitely worth the expense of constant to develop it. Thankfully, IO performed a administration buyout, and Squeenix allowed the studio to maintain the Hitman IP. That’s meant that IO has continued independently, and located a brand new companion for Hitman within the type of Warner Bros. Whether or not Hitman’s future is episodic is one thing that Warner are more likely to have determined, as the corporate bankrolling this sequel.
Tweets from the official Hitman account have centered round a single character all week. Her identify is Sierra Knox, who seems to be a Formula 1 driver and one in all Agent 47’s unlucky targets. WB Games’ countdown teaser allowed us a glimpse of an F1 pit crew at work, so it appears as if Hitman Season 2 will take us to a race observe sooner or later throughout its plot. A more moderen tweet from Warner reveals a sniper rifle with an F1 automobile in its sights. That’s one potential answer for you, though after all the enjoyment of Hitman is find the extra artistic and outlandish methods to off your targets.
Trailers and screenshots
A emblem for Hitman 2 appeared on WB Games’ official website very briefly this week, and Eurogamer managed to seize it earlier than it disappeared. Warner Bros. conspiracy theorists might be aware that the phrase ‘Season’ seems nowhere right here.
If you’re after extra elaborate imagery, the official Hitman account on Twitter has posted a 15 second glimpse at Sierra Knox, our one confirmed goal for Hitman 2:
— HITMAN (@Hitman) June 6, 2018
Whether as a second season or full-fledged sequel, it’s going to be fantastic to observe IO additional refine their masterclass in sandbox assassination. And to sneak round within the VIP areas of Formula 1, clearly.