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Some prototype box arthas been spotted by Kotaku in a marketing survey, showing three possible covers for Hitman: Absolution. Amusingly, the game's listed in the mock-ups as Hitman: Subtitle. It's likely they were created before the Absolution subtitle was decided. You'll find the three pics below. Which would you choose?



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Morning, giggles. How’s every little thing? To start you off for the new week, let’s have a good old belly-laugh at leaked marketing materials for the mysterious Hitman: Absolution. Or, as these presumably work in progress box covers (via Kotaku) claim it’s called, “Hitman: Subtitle.” Y’know what, I’d have bought extra copies if it really was called that. There’s an honesty to it. “The bit after the colon doesn’t mean anything but people expect it – just put any old melodramatic guff in there.” So Hitman: Subtitle it must officially remain on RPS, forever. Coming up next – Red Faction: Sequel.

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IO have followed up on yesterday's Hitman Absolution teaser trailer with news of the sequel's brand new engine, and a few hints about Absolution's dark, conspiracy-laden story.

Absolution has been built "from the ground up" in the new Glacier 2 engine, created by IO Interactive, and will have Agent 47 running from the law "on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world" that will be "both a familiar and yet significantly different experience to any of the other Hitman games."

Agent 47 has been betrayed by his most trusted allies (again), and must take on a new and dangerous contract to uncover the truth behind the conspiracy that surrounds him. IO say that Absolution will be "something our silent assassins will relish as well as those who are new to the Hitman world.”

Keep an eye on the new Hitman Absolution website for more information in future. Hitman Absolution is slated for release next year.
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Following a distinctly unrevaltory teaser trailer earlier today, the slow dribble from the promotional teat for IO’s just-announced fifth Hitman is now running a little faster – we now have a few early details on the game’s theme and the tech behind it. “Never before seen”, “familiar but significantly different…” Uh-oh. Change> – the internet’s least favourite thing. Prepare the twin engines of excitement and rage, faithful pseudo-asssassins….
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Eurogamer


Evidence of a new Hitman game is mounting.


Members of the Hitman forum have been on a wild goose chase following a trail of cryptic ARG clues all pointing towards Hitman and its star, Agent 47. At one point the inquisitive thread-starter was sent a picture showing a script (possibly for a game) on a table and a pair of black leather gloves.


The next clues point to the Berlinale film festival. Given that the trail began with a picture of a box of doughnuts at the Sundance film festival, the link makes sense.


The community expects a reveal at the E3 show in June.


Eurogamer was told, last summer, that a new and fifth Hitman game was being worked on and would be "most likely" released sometime this year.

There hasn't been a Hitman game developed from the ground up for PS3 and Xbox 360. The last game, Blood Money, was ported and upscaled from Xbox to Xbox 360. Eurogamer awarded Hitman: Blood Money 8/10.

Since Blood Money, IO has gone on to make Kane & Lynch - a series that started promisingly but got worse. A return to IO's flagship Hitman IP is long overdue.

Video: Hitman: Blood Money.

Announcement - Valve
Today's deal is The Hitman franchise consisting of Hitman: Codename 47, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, and Hitman: Blood Money -- all at a hefty 75% off. Offer ends Saturday at 10AM Pacific Time.

As always, you can go 'all in' with Square Enix Complete Pack that includes everything Square Enix has to offer on Steam today at an even higher discount rate! Complete Pack deal will be available through Feb. 20th, 2011.

Eurogamer


The voice actor who plays Agent 47 in the Hitman series has only gone and confirmed the heavily-rumoured Hitman 5.


"I have been overwhelmingly gratified and humbled by the sheer dedication to the Hitman franchise that the fans have expressed," David Bateson said in an interview with The Gaming Liberty.


"For all the kind things that have been said, I am truly thankful. That kind of dedication and appreciation of the game deserves repayment... with an even more gob smacking instalment in Hitman 5. I don't envy IO Interactive for the pressure they must be under to deliver. I am utterly convinced they will!"


This morning Kane & Lynch developer IO Interactive responded to Bateson's comments.
"This is rumour control," it said on its official Twitter account.


"While Bateson's comments are flattering, they are a surprise - we are currently not working on projects with him."


Note IO fails to deny the existence of the game.


This isn't the first we've heard of Hitman 5. In July Eurogamer broke the news that IO was hard at work on the game and that it was set to be released Christmas 2011 at the very earliest.


In the four years since the release of Hitman 4, IO has put out third-person action game Kane & Lynch, its sequel, and cutesy third-person action game Mini Ninjas.


Square Enix told Eurogamer: "It's flattering to see so many fans are eager for another Hitman game. Unfortunately we have nothing to announce at this time."

Announcement - Valve
SQUARE ENIX and Edios Interactive are having a publisher week all week long with a set of different deep discounted games each day!

Monday has the following deals available:

50% off the following games:

Hitman: Codename 47
Hitman: Blood Money
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition
Deus Ex: Invisible War

60% off the following bundles:

Deus Ex Collection
Hitman Collection

66% off all the above games:

Deus Ex & Hitman Bundle
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