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Hitman

The sixth major installment in the best-selling TPP stealth game series, which originated in 2000 and is continually developed by IO Interactive - the studio also known for the Kane & Lynch franchise.

Action | TPP | Stealth | multiplayer | TPS | shooters

Hitman cover

developer: IO Interactive

publisher : Square-Enix / Eidos

Official website

Game mode: single player

game release date:

11Mar2016

PC PS4 XONE

Hitman is the sixth installment in the cult TPP action-game series, where the player could resort to a full-blown shoot-out, stealth infiltration, and anything in between in order to complete the mission - to locate and eliminate his living target in a more or less sandbox location. This chapter was created by the fathers of the series – the Danish developer company IO Interactive.

Story

The thing that stands out, in contrast to the previous chapters, is the lack of any number or a subtitle in the sixth installment's title. That's because the new Hitman for PC and XONE is not a direct sequel to any of the previous chapters. Although Agent 47 reprises his role as the protagonist, and the game is set after the events of Hitman: Absolution (the fifth part), the plot is unrelated to any of the previous stories.

Gameplay

As usual, the game offers several methods to complete the mission objective – you can either sneak past the guards, or just shoot them, albeit provoking a shoot-out can easily come bite you in the back (after all, Agent 47 is not Rambo). The game itself encourages more subtle (or at least less suspicious) methods, e.g. infiltration in disguise, long-range sniping, usage of silenced weapons, poisoning, or staging various kinds of accidents.

The most important feature of the new Hitman is its abandoning of linear gameplay structure. Now, instead of a string of missions, you will be given a number of locations scattered across the globe - much larger in scale than before. You return to a location from time to time in order to complete main missions as well as additional contracts. At first, individual jobs are seemingly unrelated; as the story progresses, however, you discover an intricate plot connecting your activities. Furthermore, the missions are longer and more complex, sometimes they offer optional targets to eliminate, and completing them may take several hours of gameplay. Apart from story missions, the developers will periodically offer extra contracts that can be performed only during a set time window, and once over a certain period of time.

One more interesting thing is that the game is a partial release. The game's design intends for it to be expandable over time, offering new challenges (including story-related ones). However, in contrast to many modern-day AAA games, Hitman’s extra content is completely free – no paying for DLCs, no microtransactions, no Season Passes, etc.

Technology

The game employs the Glacier 2 engine, the same one that was used in the previous installment, although it was properly improved since then. Now Hitman on PC and XONE can boast excellent visuals, befitting a game intended for eight generation platforms.

System requirements

PC / Windows

Recommended: Intel Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz/AMD FX-8350 4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 770/Radeon R9 290 or better, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660/Radeon HD 7870 or better, Windows 7 64-bit

Hitman Game Guide

game guide 02 October 2017

Unofficial guide to Hitman most of all contains a very detailed walkthrough for all available missions (contracts). Each mission was very thoroughly described.

Hitman's prologue available for free

News 20 June 2017 15:10

As Io-Interactive now has full rights to the Hitman franchise, they decided to make the first location in the game free for all players. Enjoy!

Square Enix wants Hitman to survive the sale of IO Interactive

News 30 May 2017 13:10

Despite the decision to sell IO Interactive, Square Enix wants to see to it that the developer's Hitman series and other IPs stay in good hands.

Hitman: The Complete First Season to hit shelves in January

News 01 September 2016 14:59

Square Enix have announced the release date and content of Hitman boxed edtion. Hitman: The Complete First Season is going to hit the stores on January 31, 2017.

Hitman becomes a fully episodic game and here's the Collector’s Edition

News 15 January 2016 15:32

The upcoming Hitman got a new release format. Square Enix revealed that each of the six in-game locations will be sold separately. This decision resulted in changing the content and price of the Intro Pack.

Hitman got a release date. Three locations on launch, more content coming in the future

News 30 September 2015 10:50

Hitman is going to be released on March 11, 2016. Initially the game will offer 3 locations and 6 missions. More story-related content will be arriving after the launch.

Hitman delayed until March 2016

News 23 September 2015 08:06

Hitman is going to be released later than planned – March 2016. This time will be used to add new content to the game and polish existing features.

E3 2015: Next Hitman Announced – See the First Trailer

News 16 June 2015 15:23

To our surprise, during its E3 press conference Sony revealed the first trailer for the sixth installment in the Hitman series. Although the information was scarce, we can at least be sure that we haven’t seen the last of the new production at the event.