Hitman: Blood Money is one of the great treasures of video game history. Originally released in May of 2006 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, and Playstation 2, critics were quick to shower the game with praise. However, it wasn't fully appreciated as a real masterpiece until years later. Its gameplay stood the test of time and it still satisfies to this day.
However, Square Enix has acknowledged that Blood Money was difficult. It dropped you into the middle of a sandbox and simply told you to take out your target. How that was carried out was entirely up to you.
To compensate, Hitman: Absolution attempted to make things far more manageable for a modern audience. A checkpoint system introduced, we had set goals, and the more creative ways that you could kill your target were more obvious. After the thrill of Blood Money, a lot of fans were disappointed with this approach. Thankfully, Square has listened.
2016's HITMAN Could Be The Successor To Blood Money We've Dreamed Of
After taking everything its learned with Hitman: Blood Money (2006) and Hitman: Absolution (2012), Square Enix has attempted to please a modern audience with a balanced affair in the form of the upcoming sixth HITMAN game.
Let's take a look at six reasons why this could be the dream successor to a masterpiece.
1. A Massive NPC Count
With levels boasting more than twice the maximum amount of NPCs we saw in Absolution, and over 300 fully simulated characters, this HITMAN game promises to have us stalking through crowds of hundreds of unique NPCs. You can take down any of them, conceal yourself within them, tag some of them as targets, or simply chill on a bench with them. The possibilities are endless.
2. Next-Gen Graphics At 60FPS
HITMAN promises to deliver 1080p graphics at 60FPS on certain platforms — the modern gaming dream. The levels are meticulously designed, brought to life for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC by the powerful Glacier engine, and the graphics ultimately help immerse us in the most beautiful HITMAN yet.
3. Awesome Live Components
HITMAN will consist of four online components.
Contracts Mode, taken from Absolution, will further the play-to-create mode. You mark your own targets, choose how to kill them, and compete against your friends online.
There's Live Challenges, which will add more and more community-inspired challenges for us to complete over time — such as kill all of your targets with a hammer — and then try to obtain the best time online.
We have Escalation Mode, which adds five stages of difficulty and challenges to taking out your target, which you're free to replay to climb the leaderboards.
Lastly, there's Elusive Targets, which will have custom-created characters that are added to existing locations, and are only there for a limited time in real time. You'll only have one chance to take them down. If they escape, they are gone for good.
4. Episodes Throughout The Year
Square Enix will be releasing HITMAN in episodes throughout the year, the first of which will cost $14.99 on Steam. This will allow us to master each level for a period of time before Square releases a whole new map for us to indulge in a few weeks later. The HITMAN love will be spread throughout 2016.
5. Contained And Expanding Narratives
Every episode of HITMAN will feature a contained narrative that will give us insight into our target, the location we find ourselves and the reason why we're there.
However, each episode will also gradually fill us in on the overarching story that'll revolve around Agent 47, Diana Burnwood, the ICA and an entirely new main cast.
6. Freedom To Play How You Want
Whereas Hitman: Absolution helped us along the way with our targets and goals, this HITMAN aims to allow players to experience the game how they desire. Want an increased level of difficulty without knowing how to take down your target?
Want to know the various ways the targets can be taken down and your ability to save?
They have you covered.
If you want to replicate the experience of playing Hitman: Blood Money, this game aims to deliver and we can't wait to try it out.
The new HITMAN game launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on March 11.