The Hitman franchise has been around for quite some time, and while the newer entries seem to be struggling sales-wise, even with special guest appearances like Sean Bean, many gamers have fond memories of stealthily eliminating targets as Agent 47. Luckily, fans of the series will soon be able to relive these memories in glorious 4K60, as both Absolution and Blood Money are headed to the PS4 and Xbox One next week.
The two titles are set to launch on January 11, 2019, in a bundle package titled the Hitman HD Enhanced Collection. IO Interactive, the developer behind the series, didn't go so far as to announce a price point for the remasters, but one can presume the package will likely release at either $39.99 or $59.99, depending on whether or not IO takes a page from some of the other remasters from this console generation.
Of course, 4K resolutions aren't the only thing fans have to look forward to with the remaster. IO Interactive also listed other improvements fans can expect from The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection:
- 4K visuals at 60 frames per second
- Increased texture resolution
- Upgraded texture formats
- Upscale support
- Heightened shadow map and mirror resolutions
- Improved lighting
- Updated controls for a more fluid experience
IO Interactive also released Hitman 2 in November of last year. However, the game has seen steep discounts since its release, indicating that it may not be selling all that well. 2016's Hitman saw similar issues, as many fans were turned off by the game's episodic nature, which the sequel did not feature. Despite the poor sales, both games have received a strong critical response. In our Hitman 2 review, we commended it for its gorgeous visuals and open-ended design.
Hopefully, the remaster will cause some renewed interest in the franchise and help bolster the sales of future iterations. Agent 47 is a great character, and it would be a shame to see him go the way of Sam Fisher, the Splinter Cell protagonist who may return at some point.
Hitman HD Enhanced Collection will launch on January 11, 2019, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Source: IO Interactive