A fresh new batch of information aboutt IO 's upcoming Hitman game has surfaced, with revelations that the game is being built from scratch on the studio's new Glacier 2 Engine.
In Hitman: Absolution, Agent 47 is said to be on the run after being betrayed by those he trusted.
Much like Batman: Arkham Asylum, the new Tomb Raider game, and Assassin's Creed, Hitman will have an "Instinct Mode" that works very much like detective mode, survival vision, and eagle vision. This will replace map screens from the previous Hitman games. The auto-map in the corner of the screen will however remain a fixture in the new game.
Instinct mode will allow Agent 47 to see enemies through walls, burning-red trails highlighting patrol routes and points of interests such as climbable ledges and vents will be marked. It can also allow Agent 47 to maximize his disguise.
Instinct mode can only be used for a short time, and is powered by a bar that refills when Agent 47 performs silent takedowns on his foes.
Unlike previous games, enemy patrol paths will be shorter and more organic, allowing Agent 47 to anticipate when the AI is going to do something, reducing the chance of the player getting randomly caught.
The threat meter has been given a revamp, allowing the players to discern where he has been spotted by indicators at the edges of a grey reticle in the center of the screen.
Additionally, Agent 47 can make use of weapons found within the environment. As environments are unique, Agent 47 will have a lot to work with on every mission.
Levels in the game will be divided into discrete checkpoints—much like Half-Life 2, rather than distinct map changes and loading screens. Every location will be contained within smaller sandboxes, allowing the developers to better control the game's pacing and bring more variety into the gameplay.
Unfortunately for fans of the old game, the game's soundtrack will not be scored by Jesper Kyd, nor will Agent 47's long time actor David Bateson be making a return.
More information about Hitman: Absolution is expected to surface in the months to come.