It’ll Be A Hit, Man: Hitman Absolution Details

By John Walker on May 12th, 2011 at 10:22 am.

Imagine if they released a screenshot?!!?!

The Hollywood Reporter has written a big old bunch of information about Hitman: Absolution, because games are like totally mainstream. Also, it seems IO are taking a very Hollywood approach to the production, with its cast already being announced. Including Klundy!

That’s Frank Lundy from off of Dexter, or actor Keith Carradine, to you. Klundy to me and my housemate. We loved him. He’s really rather good. It also stars Marsha Thomason, who is best known (by me) for her role in White Collar, that is the completely brilliant USA (channel) TV show that you really should be watching. Crikey – she’s British.

Um, sorry, Hitman. It seems they’ve been up to all sorts in secret, with “a dozen Hollywood actors” involved, having already recorded not only their voices, but their performances too in motion capture. Carradine is the game’s villain, while Thomason is Agent 47’s handler, Diana Burnwood. Thomason, who impressively knows even less about James Bond than I do, gets a bit muddled and explains,

“Diana is 47’s only true human contact. They’ve known each other an extremely long time, and in the Hitman world, she is what Q is to James Bond. So she sets the assignments, tells him where to go and who to kill.”

According to HR they had up to seven actors in the mo-cap studios at a time, which should hopefully produce a big shift forward in terms of realism for the cutscenes. This is, they say, to put more emphasis on the emotional side of things.

As is important for any game late on in its franchise, the central character must be betrayed by those he once trusted. And so it is that 47 begins the new game being hunted by the police, muddled in “a dark conspiracy.” This is part of what IO are hoping will be a much darker game. The game’s director Tore Blystad told the Hollywood Reporter,

“We’ve designed a more stylized, more serious, and darker game this time around in both the story line and the visuals. The hope is that the movie will be going in a similar direction, and then when they both come out they will speak the same language. They won’t follow the old Hitman games, but rather go with this newer direction.”

Movie? Indeed – there’s to be a sequel to the dodgy first cinematic outing. Which apparently made $100m, despite being pretty universally hated. That has Adrian Askarieh producing again (who is also working on a Kane & Lynch movie for 2013 – I’d not heard about that before), but no cast has been publicly attached to the project, including no confirmation of whether Timothy Olyphant will take time off his newfound success with Justified to reprise his role as 47.

You can read more details over at Hollywood Reporter, and the game and movie are both expected some time in spaceyear 2012.

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  1. Javier-de-Ass says:

    movie wasn’t too terrible. a couple of hilarious scenes. especially the one where there are four hitmen pulling swords out of their ass. of course, it wasn’t really anything close to what I consider HITMAN in tone/story or whatever, but.. whatever.

    • SneerRolts says:

      Lets not forget the opening credit bit with all the kids which they actualy just took from the TV Series Dark Angel. My mouth dropped open in the cinema what i saw that, they didnt even reshoot anything!

      Other than that thought i thought it was a passable film just not as good as it could/should have been.

    • groghog says:

      apparently the sword scene and the ripped off intro were put in after the director refused to do so himself. not 100% sure but the details are on imdb i think.

    • Avenger says:

      For Christs sake, agent 47 had a LOVE INTEREST in that movie. And he talked ALL – THE – TIME. Calling that movie Hitman is like saying Starcraft was inspired by plants vs zombies

    • rapchee says:

      the movie was okay for me
      @Avenger: love interest? i hope you don’t knock out your significant other when you get annoyed by him/her

    • sinister agent says:

      movie wasn’t too terrible.

      We’ve lost him, doctor.

  2. Kolchak says:

    Blood Money is one of my all time favorite games. So as long as they don’t mess up the most open world format of that game I’ll be excited.

    • Javier-de-Ass says:

      it is quite annoying that with blood money we’re finally free of the revenge and personal bullshit plots. FINALLY. and blood money is so SO much better than the other hitman games. but then with this one, yeah let’s just go back to the revenge personal plot crap.

    • SneerRolts says:

      +1

      Hopefully it will at least be halfway between the two.

    • The Pink Ninja says:

      I have high hopes considering how well the franchise has progress from pretty shitty to pretty damn awesome.

      It’s one of those games where you don’t object to chronic sequelitis because so far every game has been a definite improvement on the last, making everything bigger and better.

      Bring it on!

    • skyturnedred says:

      I remember nothing about the plot of Blood Money. To me it’s just missions. Although to be fair, I still haven’t finished it, but anyways… I would prefer a Hitman game without any of the personal crap, and just focus on killing people and making money, so you can retire to an island when you feel you have enough dough.

    • PickyBugger says:

      I would be happier if the next Hitman had no plot at all, just a series of increasingly hard missions. Having a plot usually means that you have to go somewhere like the White House to complete tedious missions.

      Blood Money was a much better game when you were out in public at the Casino or in the Suburbs killing that guy the FBI were protecting.

    • steggieav says:

      @The Pink Ninja: I actually liked Silent Assassin and Contacts, but I agree that Blood Money is the best. I’d be happy with just another expansion pack to that game.

    • Heliosicle says:

      @ steggieav, thats what I thought, I’d love just a map pack thats loosely strung together, why not just leave it where blood money ended, HE WAS FINE, no need for more betrayal and other such nonsense!!!

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    Nero says:

    So another gritty reboot I guess. It’s all the talk these days.

  4. Isometric says:

    I don’t like the sound of this, no siree.

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    heretic says:

    “We’ve designed a more stylized, more serious, and darker game this time around in both the story line and the visuals.”

    How dark can you get? The Hitman series have dealt with things like paedophilia and child murder…

    I’ll reserve judgement until I play a demo (if one comes out), but it sounds like they’re going the way of a shitty movie tie in.

    They’ve almost all failed, why the hell don’t they learn…

    Though I guess the exception is Escape from Butcher Bay, where the Riddick movie released at the same time was shite but the game was surprisingly amazing, though the game had nothing to do with the movie apart from the same character…

    • Olivaw says:

      And this game has nothing to do with the movie apart from they might come out at roughly the same time if the movie actually bothers to enter production, which it might not because they haven’t even cast everyone yet!

      Jesus Christ.

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    lurkalisk says:

    Darker? What was Hitman if not dark?

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      heretic says:

      Indeed, I have no idea what they mean when they say the story would be darker.

      However the visuals have a slightly cartoony feel to them I have to say. Especially in the cutscenes of Blood Money. They could always make them look more realistic but the Glacier engine is a prehistoric mess it seems hard to get any nice improvements to the overall geometry of the game.

    • godgoo says:

      Whilst I agree that the Hitman games are dark I have to say that there is certainly humour present particularly in Blood Money. I’m thinking; Dressing as a clown and delivering poison doughnuts to cops, killing a drunken Santa then poisoning a porno director’s little handbag dog. The comedy as one of my favorite elements as it contrasted so nicely with he constant sense of threat and the overall ‘darker’ tone of the game.

      For me the idea of a grittier ‘darker’ reboot is disheartening, whilst I would probably still enjoy a more realistic and darker game of this genre (stealth has to be my absolute favorite genre of which there simply aren’t enough games damnit!) I think I would miss the comedy elements, those moments where you’re immersed and on edge then take a step back and have to smile because it’s ridiculous.

  7. ALJA says:

    battering a desperate crying man in the head with a hammer, who was under the thumb of gangsters after losing his business whilst having his girlfriend dump him on the phone at the time of said beating – wasn’t dark enough apparently. and that was the tutorial.

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      heretic says:

      Don’t forget the ability of watching the lawyer get burned alive! In the opening moments of the tutorial!!!

    • Tatourmi says:

      They are probably going for the whole “raping the eyesockets of dead puppies while their mother, who is a human ecologist with a dark past, watches the scene crying on the body of her other son, who is also a transgenic pinguin”. Hmm… I didn’t really expect to write the whole penguin thing, maybe I should have stopped myself halfway through…

    • sinister agent says:

      I suspect they mean hollywood “dark”, ie: “sulky man-child”.

  8. Guiscard says:

    Damn. I really hope they don’t tie it in too much with any film. I dont want a Timothy Olyphant style 47, the David Bateson-modelled and voiced one is perfect.

  9. Rii says:

    Ah, a movie-led project. Those always turn out so well.

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    jezcentral says:

    Hmmm. Diana betrayed Agent 47 in Blood Money, so it seems a bit odd that she would still be his handler. He was also working for another agency by the end of the game.

    Still, the gameplay’s the thing, so as long as they get that right, I’ll be happy.

    They’re making a big deal of the motion-cap. I assume this is the stuff they were using Rocksteady’s studios for last year?

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      shlomme says:

      @jezcentral: Maybe you should replay the final mission of Blood Money, just in case.

    • MrMud says:

      Chances are he didnt actually play it. It being a bit hidden and all that.

    • godgoo says:

      man I loved that, more games should hide more content

    • Soon says:

      Aha. It makes me strangely happy to know people missed that.

    • sinister agent says:

      I think it’s more likely that he did play it, but didn’t realise that it was Diana that allowed the last level to happen. I know I didn’t put two and two together until my second play through, partly because I played Blood Money as I played every hitman game (by ignoring the plot and just doing each mission I loved dozens of times to see what else I could do), and partly because I’m a bit of a div.

  11. kenoxite says:

    No YouTube camera?

  12. Multidirectional says:

    So in other words – no real details yet? Just some bullshit about story being more “serious and dark”. How much darker do we need it anyway? I hope they are not trying to disguise some terrible “streamlining” with this, I really do.

  13. Koozer says:

    I’m pretty sure no-one really cares about how many actors they’ve hired, how much motion capture they’ve done, or even what the plot is for a Hitman game. Just tell us how we can rig barbecues to set people on fire and fall in a swimming pool so we can dive in to “help” dressed as an FBI agent and retrieve the microfilm necklace.

    I have a terrible feeling Blood Money will be the peak of the series.

  14. mlaskus says:

    Do you know what else promised to be darker? The Star Wars prequels! We all know how well that turned out…

    • Olivaw says:

      No they didn’t! Lucas said he was making them for children! That’s all he ever said!

      God, this comment thread is full of people saying retarded things today.

      Wait, why am I reading RPS comments? GOD DAMN IT I’VE FUCKED UP AGAIN

    • mlaskus says:

      You sir are a douchebag.

      Firstly, I was joking and secondly, google it, you are wrong.

    • Rii says:

      With the exception of TPM he was probably right. ROTS is the darkest film in the series, and AOTC is darker than ANH/ROTJ.

  15. vodka and cookies says:

    Justified is fantastic so I really hope Mr Olyphant sticks with TV – he’s a really good actor but makes terrible choices for movies.

    Anyway more Hitman yeah!! strange to see the Hollywood reporter get the scoop though.

  16. Subject 706 says:

    Yeees, in these days of development budget bloat, let’s hire a dozen Hollywood actors, ’cause THAT will surely make this a great game…not.

  17. steggieav says:

    I don’t know why they don’t stick with regular voice actors. They are way cheaper, and are just as good if not better at giving voices to characters.

    • sinister agent says:

      It’s also only about once in every ten Hollywood castings that a lot of people even realise who the voice is, I’d wager.

  18. poop says:

    NOTHIN GETS ME PUMPED AND TOTALLY NOT CYNICAL ABOUT A GAME THAN THE FIRST DETAILS BEING ABOUT HOW MUCH DOSH THEY SPENT ON THE CUTSCENES

  19. Kandon Arc says:

    “They won’t follow the old Hitman games, but rather go with this newer direction.”

    Why, when you have a series of almost universally loved games, do developers feel the need to distance themselves from them, all to chase some new direction that no one asked for?

    • Tatourmi says:

      Yes. They should DEFINITELY NOT distance themselves from the old games.

      EDIT: That sounded ironic, it was not. Why am I such a bad writer?

    • Multidirectional says:

      This is all to attract this mysterious “new audience” everyone is after. This audience is supposed to somehow be better than the old one. And, they likely presume, old audience will still buy it based solely on the name and their never ending hope. That sometimes is true for one game that destroys the series, not so much for the following ones.
      But let’s not presume yet, let the hope flourish, if only for this one game. Perhaps the miracle will allow for one more non dumbed down sequel in series that already stayed good for quite an impressive number of games. Maybe they’ll figure out how to integrate completely distinctive gameplay modes, that would please both “hardcore” and “casual” players, even if I never saw that happen.

    • Olivaw says:

      Well you’d think that people would stop buying games because they suck, but then you notice that Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat games still got made (and sold very well!) for nearly a decade each before they got good again.

      And the “new audience” they’re going after worries me a bit too, but it’s not like they’re going to make Hitman into Bejeweled or some shit. Calm down, Jesus.

  20. Teddy Leach says:

    “she is what Q is to James Bond”

    Please tell me that means she’s going to be voiced by John Cleese. Because, even though it would make no sense, it would make me extremely happy.

    • Falx22 says:

      Maybe I’m wrong, but don’t they mean “M” rather than “Q”?

    • molten_tofu says:

      If a ven diagram was made with the pr/marketing talking heads in a red circle, and the people who play these games in blue, there would be no purple bits.

  21. Soon says:

    The locales were often the best part of Blood Money. Not always original, perhaps. but usually with some twist to them as though after deciding on a setting they pick random ideas from a hat to see what should be there.

  22. l1ddl3monkey says:

    Klundy. Also known as “The Carradine who didn’t stranglewank himself to death in a cupboard”

  23. woodsey says:

    I hope the distancing is only in the tone of the game’s story, and nothing to do with the mechanics. Honestly, I feel the clone thing is outdated, but the Hitman games in terms of gameplay are unique as far as I’m aware, so let’s not make the “new” direction somewhere we’ve already been 300 times.

  24. outoffeelinsobad says:

    Timothy Olyphant is the best B-movie actor ever. Ever.

    • Olivaw says:

      First of all, no, no he is not. There are a ton of better B-movie actors who are way hammier and bring more entertaining B-movie-ness to their B-movies!

      Second of all, Timothy Olyphant is so fucking good on Justified that if he took time off from doing that to do fucking Hitman 2 I would be so angry.

      So angry.

    • sinister agent says:

      It’s a pity that Hitman was a Z-movie, really.