Hitman Absolution announced

After literally months of rumors and teasers, the fifth game in the long running Hitman action game series has finally been officially announced. Publisher Square Enix revealed today that Hitman Absolution, developed by Io Interactive, will be released sometime in 2012 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC platforms.

Today's press release gives us a little info about the storyline for the latest adventure starring the mysterious and totally bald assassin know only as Agent 47. The press release states, "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." The press release added that Hitman Absolution will have the series' "much-loved classic gameplay with completely new features never seen before in the Hitman franchise." Io Interactive is creating the game with its own Glacier 2 in-house graphics engine.

This will be the first game in the series since Hitman Blood Money was released via publisher Eidos in 2006. Since that time Square Enix acquired Eidos and with it both Io Interactive and the rights to the Hitman franchise. Of course the series was famously adapted into a 2007 feature film with Timothy Olyphant in the role of Agent 47.

The game is scheduled to be shown for the first time in public at next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo. In the meantime you can check out a teaser trailer for Hitman Absolution below:


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