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Hitman

3 years ago

Hitman Season One’s final Elusive Target arrives today

Ian Hitman today gets to kill Mr Giggles ? as the final one-off 'Elusive Target' of his episodic killing spree in Hitman [official site]. He has ten days to murder the cheery fella before he vanishes forever. IO do explictly call this "the final Elusive Target for Season One", which would suggest that they're still planning a second season now they have split from former…

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Steam summer sale: our giant recommendations list

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some recommendations - both general tips and some newly added…

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Hitman hits Mac, man

Ooh it's all go for Ian Hitman these days. Developers IO Interactive have kept the rights to their stealthy murder series and become an independent studio after former owners Square Enix ditched 'em, a demo of the recent episodic Hitman [official site] arrived yesterday as its prologue chapter became free, and oh! the game is now playable on Mac too. The Mac port by porting…

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Hitman’s prologue chapter goes free today

The good news keeps on rolling for murder's favourite slaphead. After establishing themselves as an independent company and securing the rights to Hitman, developers IO Interactive have released the prologue chapter of the recent episodic Hitman [official site] for free. Consider it a demonstration. I did think it strange that Square Enix didn't release a demo of the stealth 'em up back before they ditched…

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IO Interactive is now independent, keeps Hitman

Hitman studio IO Interactive is now independent again, after thirteen years of being owned by Eidos then Square Enix, and they're getting to keep Hitman. The fate of both the Danish studio and their flagship series has been in question since May, when Square Enix announced they were cutting IO loose. While we'd heard that IO might be able to continue Hitman, things looked a…

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4 years ago

IO sale might not spell the end of Hitman

In the downward spiral of bad news coming out of Hitman [official site] developer IO Interactive – first that it was being sold by Square Enix, and then that it was laying off staff – there's finally something vaguely positive. It seems that the developer may get to keep making Hitman games after all.The news emerged from a newly-published transcript of a financial briefing from…

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Layoffs at Hitman devs IO as Square Enix ditch studio

Less than one fortnight after Square Enix announced they were ditching IO Interactive, IO have announced a round of layoffs. While that's no surprise, it is certainly a shame. We still don't know what the future holds for the Danish studio, who are best known for their Hitman games, and the path forward is looking bumpy. Squeenix had said they'd try to find new investors…

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Miss: Square Enix try to sell Hitman devs IO Interactive

Square Enix are pulling out of IO Interactive, leaving the future of the Danish studio (and their sandbox murder simulator series Hitman) uncertain as they try to find new investors. Squeenix bought IO in 2009 and, only eight years later, want rid of them for reasons of both business and pleasure -- "to maximize player satisfaction", in their words. It's a bit of a bummer,…

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Server issues for Hitman as Elusive Target 20 arrives

UPDATE: I'm still getting the error message but according to the official Hitfolk the issues *should* be subsiding. Good news for pretty much everyone except The Warlord, I guess.Looks like those of you seeking to hunt down the latest elusive target in Hitman [official site] will have to sit tight for a bit as Valve and the devs work on fixing problems PC users are…

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Hitman update brings bonus mission, higher difficulty

The wonderful murder sandbox of Hitman [official site] is now a touch livelier and, if you want, tougher too. A free update launched today adding a new hit set in Sapienza during a concert and a new 'Professional' difficulty setting, along with fixes, tweaks, HDR support, and some other gubbins. That's a good-looking update. I'll get into that soon but first, have a peep at…

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This is murder! Hitman adding ‘Professional’ difficulty

The episodic Hitman [official site] wrapped up its 'first season' last year (read Wot Alec Thinks of the whole thing) but it's not done and dusted. A new 'Professional' difficulty setting will arrive in a free update later this month, publishers Square Enix announced today, to make murder more difficult. Expect guards to be more alert and inquisitive, more trouble disguising yourself, security cameras spotting…

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Hitman going Home Alone-y with festive update

Even many Hitmaniacs are unaware of the untrue story of the series' origins as a Home Alone game. IO Interactive built a prototype including a boy sneaking around his house, creating distractions with a Talkboy, and a ragdoll physics Joe Pesci tumbling down stairs after being clocked with a can of paint. "That's nice," said one Eidos executive, "but what if the man died?" So…

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Hitman’s November update adds offline profiles

I still haven't got round to playing it, but it feels good that there's a good Hitman [official site] again. Blood Money is one of my favourite games ever, Absolution was terrible, but the general consensus is that the latest is somewhere between good and great. A new update for it has just been released which, rather than adding more content, aims to improve what's…

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Hitman Episode 6 Out Now, Closes Out Season One

The final episode of Hitman [official site] lands today, bringing an end to "Season One" of the assassination sim. This also puts a bullet to my "I'm waiting til it's all done before I play it" excuse for not yet progressing beyond its tutorial. Now I'm stuck with my other well-worn excuse, that I'm too busy, but the launch trailer which features clips from all…

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Hitman Season Finale Visits Japan On October 31st

Ian Hitman is packing his cases. He's checking the list - black suit x2; white shirt x4; y-fronts x8 (you never know, in his line of work); fibre wire - 5 metres etc. - and fretting over whether he should've splashed out on his rifle's lightweight stock option to open up weight allowance for souvenirs. He's off to Hokkaido, Japan for the final episode of…

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Hitman Episode 5 Is Out, Murdering Militia In Colorado

Episode 5 of Hitman [official site] is now upon us, sending Ian Hitman to Colorado. 'Mother of Rivers', some call the state, which is a lovely nickname. I'm a bit jealous. But he's not here to swim in Little Snake River, Green River, the Rio Grande, or even the mighty Colorado - he's here on neck-snapping business. Episode 5 sends him into a farm compound…

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Next Hitman Episode Sends Four Targets To The Farm

No sooner than we had finished our thoughts on the last episode of Hitman [official site], was the next episode announced. The adventures of bald death salesman Ian Hitman will continue on a farm in Colorado, where the plucky murderer will have to take out four targets in one go. The farm has been turned into a “private militia training camp”, and your marks all…

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Red Thai: Hitman’s Bangkok Episode Is Out Today

The fourth episode of Square Enix’s righteous murder simulator, Hitman [official site], is out today, dispatching Agent 47 to a luxury hotel in Bangkok where he must get killy with the lead singer of overrated indie band 'The Class' and the crooked lawyer representing him. The band are recording their second album, which is likely to be devastatingly bad. They must be stopped. Come see…

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Hitman Episode Four Visiting Thailand On The 16th

"Bangkok, Oriental setting," sang Murray Head, "And the city don't know that the city is getting." His prediction was a lot closer to the mark this time. "The crème de la crème of the chess world in a show with everything but Yul Brynner." Replace 'chess' with 'mopey pop rock' and you've basically got the idea of Episode Four of Hitman [official site]. Publishers Square…

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Summer Hols: Hitman’s Summer Bonus Episode Is Out

Ian Hitman is off on his summer sols. He's packed his swimming trunks (with garotte drawstring), his beach ball (infused with francium to explode when hurled into e.g. a water polo match), his goggles (infrared vision obvs), his camera (firing poison darts), and his sunscreen (a slaphead's gotta be careful!) and headed into the Hitman [official site] Summer Bonus Episode, which launched today. It doesn't…

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