WB Games Confirms Hitman 2, Reveal Coming This Week

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 10:11 AM
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Warner Bros. Games official website has leaked the existence of Hitman 2. WB Games recently picked up publishing duties for the Complete Edition of Hitman: Season One, but it now appears as if they’re going to be handling a sequel too.

Hitman developer IO Interactive was taken under the wing of Square Enix back in 2009 following the publisher’s purchase of Eidos Interactive. This was around the time of Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas, so dark days for IO, but the studio subsequently released the controversial Hitman: Absolution before hitting back with the absolutely sublime Hitman: Season One.

Despite Hitman’s critical acclaim, it appears this didn’t bleed through to financial success. In May 2017, Square Enix began negotiating with potential investors, looking to sell the studio. In June 2017, IO Interactive performed a management buyout, becoming independent of Square Enix. The studio retained the rights to the Hitman series.

Fast forward to today, and it looks as if WB Games smelled an opportunity. Hitman: Season 2 was evidently already deep into development, and now the publisher will be overseeing Hitman 2. Judging from the name and the leaked logo, it appears there is a possibility that IO Interactive is opting not to go the episodic approach this time around, despite how well it worked with Season One. You can’t teach an old audience new tricks, it turns out. That’s totally conjecture based on the naming conventions though, and there is every chance IO Interactive could stick with the formula for the sequel.

Following the, er, leak, the Hitman Twitter account buzzed into life, telling fans there’s a “Target Incoming”. WB Games also said “Let the countdown begin”, confirming there will be a live reveal of something this coming Thursday, June 7th, at 10am PST.

Will WB Games have the last laugh? What can IO Interactive do to make the next Hitman a sales success? Let us know below!

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  2. Agent 47's gear should not be loot drops purchased via a marketplace.
  3. The PC port shouldn't be broken.
  4. No predatory MTX practices, keep HITMAN game as clean as Agent 47's bald head.
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11:24 Jun-05-2018

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  1. The final mission should not be a car boss fight.

  2. Agent 47's gear should not be loot drops purchased via a marketplace.

  3. The PC port shouldn't be broken.

  4. No predatory MTX practices, keep HITMAN game as clean as Agent 47's bald head.

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10:13 Jun-05-2018

It blows my mind that people hated on the last Hitman, primarily for it being episodic. Easily the best Hitman game ever made so I hope IO keeps going in that direction and hopefully people come around to it.

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10:37 Jun-05-2018

ikr? the attention to detail alone was something worth writing home about!

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11:31 Jun-05-2018

Yeah I've got a lot of time for this micro-genre of real-time toyboxes. Like, everyone having their own routines and things to do and they go about it like clockwork, then it's up to Agent 47 to figure out how to mess with it. Love it.

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14:46 Jun-05-2018

I don't think people hated it. It was my favorite Hitman game so far, even better than Blood Money, and I love BM.
It's episodic nature was it's downfall of a sort. There just wasn't that much to keep you playing aside from the initial story content and occasional Elusive Targets. They were short bursts of fun separated by months of waiting, and plenty of different great games that year.

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00:09 Jun-06-2018

They can whine all they want, but the game absolutely kicks butt! I didn't expect it to top Blood Money, but it did! Well, I still liked that you got to buy gear for 47 with mission money - he IS an assassin for hire after all - he does it for the money. But other than that the gameplay was nothing short of superb.

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02:22 Jun-06-2018

it was amazing but i thought it would be story and episodes after for the hardcore players
tho it felt amazing trying to figure things out or give up guns blazing lol
it was my first hitman game so i didnt know about episode thingy

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07:30 Jun-06-2018

The reason why people didn't like hitman 2016 wasn't because of the episodic content. But the fact IO interactive managed to screw up the game mechanics horribly ever since the summer patch. Headturning with the view cones located at NPC's heads and NPCs having xray vision are the biggest examples of this issue. Also things they've added to the series such as VIP AI and checkpoint AI.

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