Hitman 2 is coming. Rather than wait until E3, IO Interactive and Warner Bros let Agent 47 emerge from the shadows early in a reveal stream.
We’ve been expecting another Hitman ever since IO started referring to the last game as ‘The Complete First Season’, which rather suggested tha there was going to be a Season 2. (Though, those expectations have turned out to be not entirely accurate, as you'll see.)
The Hitman reboot proved to be a return to form for the series, after the leaden and muddled Absolution, after the reveal announcement it's clear IO intends to build on the same sandbox formula they’ve perfected over the past few years.
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We now know the location of the first mission, ways in which the design of the initial game is being expanded on, and a few of the silly/excellent costumes you'll be dressing up in. There are still many unanswered questions, but with E3 just around the corner, we expect to have a much fuller picture of Hitman 2 shortly.
We've been tracking developments on Hitman 2 all week, but join us for a more comprehensive account of its movements below.
Hitman 2 Release date
IO Interactive was not shy about revealing this one. Hitman 2's release date is November 13, 2018. That's barely a wait at all.
Hitman 2 trailer and screenshots
No announcement would be complete without a trailer to accompany it and here is Hitman 2's:
There is also a multiplayer trailer for the Sniper Assassin co-op mode:
And you can check out nearly 30 minutes of gameplay too:
There is also some utterly sumptuous imagery available. All of which you can see peppered throughout this article.
Hitman 2 - Episodic or full game?
As you’ll know if you’ve been following the series, the last Hitman enjoyed a staggered release, arriving in six episodes between March and October 2016. That was a brave decision at the time, but it proved successful and popular. However, the studio is moving away from that model for Hitman 2. When it launches, the entire game will be released in a single package.
Despite Hitman 2 dropping its episodic development, IO Interactive plans to support the game after launch in a similar manner as it did the first season of Hitman - there will be elusive targets, contracts, and escalations released after launch.
Hitman 2 story
The teaser tweets for Hitman 2 focused around a single character all week. Her name is Sierra Knox, a motorsport driver and one of Agent 47’s unfortunate targets. She is one of the first people you will need to kill, but, as with the last Hitman there will be multiple targets on some levels. As well as Sierra Know, you will be killing her father, too.
Hitman 2 multiplayer
While not a part of the core campaign, Hitman 2 will have a multiplayer compononent. A co-op mode called Sniper Assassin. The mode has you and a friend work as a team of snipers infiltrating and killing a set of targets, each of whom is heavily guarded. You'll have to work together to take out targets and their guards, ideally without raising the alarm.On the reveal stream, IO Interactive was keen to stress it's "not just a shooting gallery" and will have all the depth of the main game.
Hitman 2 levels
IO Interactive has only revealed one level so far: Miami. There you're tasked with killing motorsport driver Sierra Knox and her father. The reveal trailer detailed three methods of killing Knox - fitting her car with a bomb, sabotaging the vehicle so it crashes, or, if you think your aim is good enough, shooting her during the race.
It's a Hitman game, though, so naturally we can expect there are many more methods - both those planned by IO and those discovered by creative players.
Hitman 2 weapons
The announcement trailer revealed that Agent 47's trademark Silver Baller pistols will be returning. Though, as you would expect from a Hitman game, more unconventional weapons exist, too: a frozen fish, a measuring tape, even a muffin. I'm assuming that muffin is loaded with poison, unless one of your targets has a gluten allergy?