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Spike TV VGAs: Hitman Absolution trailer is absolutely awesome

Agent 47 continues his stealthy march back to the top tier of video game assassins thanks a new trailer that debuted during this year’s Spike TV Video Game Awards. He’s even got a new nickname to help with the transition: “The Original Assassin.”

Nicknames seem a little uncouth for Agent 47, don’t they?

Hitman: Absolution will be released for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 in 2012. You can check out the full trailer after the break. (more…)

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First Hitman: Absolution gameplay trailer released

So you’re undercover as a police officer, wouldn’t you try to hide the very distinctive barcode tattoo on the back of your head? Apparently, not if you’re Agent 47.

Square Enix has released the first gameplay trailer for Hitman: Absolution, the first game in the series designed exclusively for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. In the minute-long trailer, 47 is stalking a group of cops by dressing up as one of them. The publisher has promised an uncut gameplay walkthrough will be available soon at YouTube.com/hitman.

Hitman: Absolution will be available in 2012.

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Square Enix’s E3 lineup includes playable Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2, which was first announced at Square Enix’s 1st Production Premier event back in January, will headline the publisher’s E3 slate.

The game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, where it will be joined by other big titles like Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Suffice it to say, Square Enix has hugely embraced the Eidos Interactive properties they acquired back in 2009. Square Enix will also be showcasing Deep Silver’s Dead Island at their booth, which they will distribute in North America.

Hit the jump for a ton of information on Square Enix’s E3 lineup straight from the publisher. (more…)

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A few more Hitman: Absolution details

After releasing a teaser trailer this morning, Square Enix has revealed a little bit more about Hitman: Absolution this afternoon.

Scheduled for release in 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, Hitman: Absolution that developer IO Interactive is calling a “familiar and yet significantly different experience from other Hitman games.” The game will be powered by the all-new Glacier 2 engine, which is an enhanced version of the company’s proprietary engine last seen in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. We’ve also learned a few storyline details:

Hitman: Absolution follows Agent 47, a cold-blooded assassin, who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted — and now hunted by the police — he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.

Hitman: Absolution will make its worldwide debut at this year’s E3 Expo, which will be held from June 7-9.

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IO announces Hitman: Absolution

All the teasing is finally (well, almost) over as IO Interactive took to their Twitter account today to post a teaser trailer announcing Hitman: Absolution.

The trailer is very short, but it confirms that IO plans a full reveal at E3 and shows Agent 47 screwing a silencer into his trademark gun (which was used as part of IO’s Hitman ARG). In keeping with the assassin’s secretive nature, no platforms or release date for Himan: Absolution was revealed.

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Hitman: Absolution trademarked by Square Enix

Siliconera has unearthed a new trademark filing by Square Enix Europe for Hitman: Absolution. In light of IO Interactive’s recent Hitman 5 ARG, which pointed to an E3 2011 debut for the sequel, I’d guess that Absolution is the game’s official subtitle.

With E3 2011 just six weeks away, we won’t have to wait long to learn more about Agent 47’s next assignment.

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Hitman 5 ARG points to E3 reveal

The users at the Hitman Forum have apparently cracked the barcode code from IO Interactive’s alternate reality game and discovered the first screenshot for Hitman 5. While the game’s publisher (Square Enix) has yet to confirm that the image to your left is an authentic screenshot, it does feature Agent 47’s signature gloves and silencer.

Further manipulation of the barcodes also reveal a number that looks suspiciously like a date: 06-07-11. And surprise surprise, that’s the first day of the E3 expo.

So it looks like Hitman 5 is coming (which we knew) and it’ll be announced at E3 (which is nice to know, but kind of obvious). But why didn’t IO/Square Enix just come out and announce it? This viral marketing stuff is annoying.

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Hitman 5 ARG sneaks up on us

Since late February, the Hitman Forum has been tracking a possible alternate reality game related to the unannounced (but very much in the works) Hitman 5.

The forumgoers have cataloged a series of images that all bear conspicuous barcodes ending in “47.” The initial image, found in a catalog at the Sundance Film Festival, included a “Hitman Series” box of donuts. These images lead to other images and IO Interactive’s Community Manager has been there every step of the way to (unofficially) provide support in the search.

Eidos Interactive executives and Agent 47’s voice actor have both inadvertantly confirmed that a fifth Hitman game (and the first since 2006’s Hitman: Blood Money) is in development at IO Interactive. The Hitman Forum users haven’t cracked the code yet, but I’m sure this means an announcement will sneak up on us very soon.

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