Could ‘Hitman: Absolution’ Be The Name Of The Next ‘Hitman’ Game?

Apr 23, 2011 by  

Hitman 5 Absolution Trademark

Stealth-based games just aren’t as prevalent nowadays as they used to be. Back in the days of the PS2, stealth games were a dime a dozen with strong series’ like Splinter Cell and Thief. Now, they are much harder to come by and when they do appear, the stealth is generally a tacked on feature to add “diversity” to the game. It’s a disappointing fact, but today’s younger gamers are far more interested in heart-pounding action than they are in skulking through the shadows, stalking their prey.

One series that managed to handle the stealth elements in its games rather well was the Hitman series and it’s about to finally make its return.

Not only was the stealth done well in Hitman, but actually pulling off a kill was a very rewarding experience. Rumors flew around the internet as to whether the fifth game in the series was on its way or not until an alternate reality game relating to the series surfaced which hinted at a coming announcement of a possible Hitman 5. Upon completing the ARG, a picture was awarded, leaving fans even more mystified and yearning for any sort of news regarding the game’s announcement.

That wait may almost be over. Square Enix recently filed a trademark for the name Hitman: Absolution in Europe, prompting much excitement from fans. While the trademarked title may not actually be the name of the series’ fifth installment, with E3 2011 coming close, chances are good that IO Interactive could be prepping their game for announcement at the world-renowned gaming conference. If this were true, Hitman: Absolution could easily become one of the most talked-about games being announced at the conference, having legions of adoring fans itching to regain control of the iconic Agent 47.

Would you be excited to see a new Hitman game released after quite an extended break? Do you think that there will be a Hitman-based announcement at E3 this year?

Source: Siliconera

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  1. Definitely. I would love to see Hitman get the next-gen treatment. Imo Hitman 1 & 2 were a couple of the best games for the PS2. But, all I want from SquareEnix @ E3 is to bring KingdomHearts back to a console. Maybe something new by Nintendo?

  2. I’m looking forward to it. IO tried something new with Kane & Lynch 2 and it was mostly successful, I would like to see them do something daring with Hitman and not just make a prettier version of a game that’s been played before. Splinter Cell: Conviction is another great example of a game that developers looked at and moved in a whole new direction and it was both fun and successful.

  3. I’m rather excited about this too and you’re right about stealth disappearing. Even Assassin’s Creed… which is about assassinating people, has no stealth and the last Splinter Cell was a borderline arcade shooter (unlimited hand-gun ammo, what?).

  4. Well….just make sure the game is more stealth than action, and then we’re good.

  5. Great news, but the writer is wrong about the demise of stealth games. MSG:Guns of the Patriots isn’t that old and did well, Splinter Cell: Conviction is relatively recent and did very well, and the Assassin’s Creed franchise is doing extremely well, just to name a few.

  6. i want hitman 5 ,hitman series were best games of the ps2……….all of us want hitman 5 plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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