Danish Square Enix Europe subsidiary IO Interactive is reviving the dormant Hitman
series with Hitman Absolution
, a new title to be shown at next month's E3 convention.
Series protagonist Agent 47 will return for the new game, which will see him hunted by police and embroiled in a conspiracy, according to today's announcement.
The fifth Hitman
title, and the first since 2006's Blood Money
, will use the company's proprietary Glacier 2 engine, a new version of the technology that powered last year's Kane & Lynch 2
is planned for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, the company said, though a specific release date was not discussed.
The Hitman series has sold 8 million copies
from it's first release in 2000 through mid-2009, just after Square Enix's acquisition of publisher Eidos
. Blood Money sold 1.5 million copies
in Europe and North America in its first six weeks on sale after a late May, 2006 release.
Though IO Interactive is known for violent titles like Hitman
and Kane & Lynch
, the company went a more family-friendly direction with 2009's Mini Ninjas
, which went on to sell 600,000 copies
in the U.S. and Europe in the first half of the year.
"We wanted to reach a broader demographic, but we have toyed with the idea of entering the children's games market for years," IO's Neils Jorgensen told Gamasutra in a 2009 interview
. "We believe that our abilities in storytelling and in producing quality games that entertain people are something that we can transform from the adult market to the broader market with a focus on children."