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He may have fired off a few blanks thanks to that second not-so-enjoyable adaptation Hitman: Agent 47, but as the new opening cinematic Io Interactive and Square Enix’s Hitman proves, he’s better locked and on the loading screen.

Celebrating 20 years of the chrome-domed angel of death in the blood red tie, the brand new glimpse of goons getting rubbed out has a soundtrack to die for (pardon the pun). It also does a mighty fine job of setting the tone of what could be 47’s most elaborate assignment yet. Oh, there’s also the clear observation that it looks bloody gorgeous to boot. Why, oh why can’t they make a good film out of this? Seriously.

Set to be released in an episodic format, each chapter of Hitman will be released gradually with players delving deeper into the deadly world of assassination like never before. Contracts for 47 will lead him to massive environments to explore and use to his advantage to bring down his target. Whether it be one of those inconvenient ‘accidents’ folks are always prone to having, or if its a blunt and brief encounter with his iconic Silverballers, there’s going to be a variety of paths to take to mark names off our anti-heroes kill list, to keep 47 at a solid number 1. One may involve another rubber ducky.

Currently confirmed locations/killing grounds include Spain, Italy and the U.S.A. which will be released month by month rather than one whole chunk of stealth-infused fun. Players can buy each mission separately at around $10 each, or buy the entire game in a Season Pass equivalent at $60. The reason for this is simple..ish; the game will be following the format of contemporary TV show, which will apparently span across multiple seasons. "To begin with, the overall story and the individual mission stories run in parallel but as the first season progresses, the tracks will merge and become one,” or whatever that means.

Does this sound like the brains behind the baldy are planning to simply bleed fans dry, or could Hitman deliver a way of storytelling we’ve never seen from him before? Either way, PS4 users can get a taste of the action when the BETA for Hitman fires of a first shot (silenced, of course) March 4.

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