Find out if Hitman GO is a Hitman No on April 17

New Hitman game to be released for iOS devices; Android launch to follow shortly after.

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Looks like Agent 47 will be making his way onto tablets and smartphones in the form of turn-based strategy game Hitman GO. Square Enix Montreal has revealed that the game will be demonstrated at PAX East this week, prior to its April 17 release on iOS devices.

The game features rendered diorama-style set pieces on a grid. Players will able to access disguises, distractions, sniper rifles, as well as Agent 47's Silverballers as they navigate through the fixed-size boards to take out targets or infiltrate guarded locations.

An Android version is expected to launch "shortly after". All versions of the game will be priced at $4.99 / £2.99 / €4.49 at launch and include 68 unlockable levels.

In addition to Hitman GO, Square Enix Montreal recently teased that it will soon announce another new project that "fits perfectly within the Hitman universe." Square Enix Montreal is dedicated entirely to mobile Hitman projects, while IO Interactive is currently working on a new AAA Hitman title, which features sandbox levels and has no checkpoints.

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Discussion

46 comments
DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Looking at the screenshot, I almost thought that it belonged to some board game.

endorbr
endorbr

That sound you hear Square Enix... it's the sound of people clicking on to something more interesting.

AwkwardTurtle42
AwkwardTurtle42

I'll just wait for the next Hitman game on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

I enjoy the Hitman series, but I do think it needs some variety. This is a very interesting idea and could turn out pretty cool. I'll wait to check out demos, but I always welcome some experimentation when a series gets stale. This kind of different style of gameplay could be what the Hitman series needs, even if it is an iOS game.

ECH71
ECH71

I normally don't play turn-based games but given that I'm totally into the Hitman franchise, I might give this game a try. 


Well, I'll wait for a review or two before losing $5 to it.

grenadehh
grenadehh

Square Enix why do you make me hate you so? Please fix it.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

This looks super deep, am I going to hide behind the bush, or take the guard's outfit, or....both?!?!?  They should totally do this with the next God of War, or maybe the sequel to The Last of Us.  Wait, did I hear Gears of War?  Why not?


I don't have a problem with the concept, except when the level areas are smaller than a racquetball court, and have like 4 or 5 objects in them.  And how do those guards not see hitman sitting 10 feet away from them, with no obstructions?


When they take those millions of Atari E.T. cartridges out of the ground in the desert they can turn around and fill that hole back in with the broken dreams of Hitman fans...

grenadehh
grenadehh

Squenix at it again, trying to squeeze their purchased IPs into a market where they clearly don't belong - as if they haven't already ruined them enough. Because Deus Ex The Fall sold so well on mobile. Assholes. Here's a better idea. Fire your entire staff except marketing and the people who make the engines that never get used. Then develop a real game. A Final Fantasy that doesn't play and feel like shit, for example. Maybe Sleeping Dogs 2. Maybe you try Deus Ex again and maybe this time you make something that doesn't feel terrible and nearly mask the good story. Or maybe you can do another Tomb Raider and tone down the genocide simulator. We get it, you tried to copy Uncharted and did it wrong.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

So after you make an attempt to jump on the mobile bandwagon can you go about making the sequel we wanted from Blood Money instead of a corridor checkpoint runner.


If it pays off and you milk the cows that's where the money should go.

WereCatf
WereCatf

I don't get all this hatred and vitriol. I like the idea behind Hitman GO, it's just perfect for a mobile device! The graphics is more than suitable for something like this, it portrays well the need for thinking rather than hasty acting.

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

Coming from SE, it is no surprise.

Trender_man
Trender_man

can he still do his signature twirl

meedokicky
meedokicky

would have been cool if it was a board game with little action figures and stuff :] no idea how would it work though lol

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

As shit as it looks, it can't possibly be worse than Absolution. Also, no worries ladies and gents. I'll grab the low hanging fruit this time. 


Hitman GO fuck yourself. At least until you give me an honest sequel to Blood Money.

Daian
Daian

This looks terrible.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Square-enix: We were all happy when you realized that "people likes stuff like Bravely default, not Lightning Returns" But this is NOT how you implement your idea!!

mrdinghat
mrdinghat

Yeah, based on the screenshot, it doesn't look good at all. They could have done better.

Lhomity
Lhomity

If it serves as a gateway and introduces a few mobile gamers to core Hitman games, then okay, sounds cool. I don't really want to play it, personally.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

This game looks awful from the get-GO.

berserker66666
berserker66666

This game will be as epic as Deus Ex The Fall.....which is not at all.

hystavito
hystavito

@spacecadet25  Why don't they see him?  It could be that he's not in a zone where he needs to be hidden, but regardless the game appears to use set paths and rules based on those paths and facing direction.  So in the screenshot, I'd guess that until you move to the node directly in front of the guard, he will not detect you.


It's basically a board game.  It may not even use the concept of vision and obstruction, but rather a very simple system based on those paths and nodes.

CrashOV
CrashOV

@grenadehh  Isn't Watch Dogs technically Sleeping Dogs 2? which in turn are all sequels to True Crime?


However I do not dissagree with your statement. everybody's trying to jump on the mobile app bandwagon. it's cheaper to make, easier to cash in and harder to see that they just threw something together over the weekend.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@PinchySkree  Thank god someone else with the balls to admit Absolution was fucking terrible. Cheers friend.

angeloti83
angeloti83

@jerusaelem I have to agree with you, Absolution was a letdown by all means, i didn´t even complete the game, it was soo linear and boring! besides the new stealth system really sucked.

jellyman68
jellyman68

@jerusaelem What? Blood Money was one of the worst, most over-rated games ever. The graphics, animations, and general game quality were so poor that I had to uninstall it after a couple of hours. At least Hitman: Absolution resembled a proper video game, even if it wasn't the most entertaining experience.

Moegitto
Moegitto

@berserker66666  And then even after getting bomb reviews they will still release the game on Steam, PS3, and Xbox 360. It seems to be the trend to release nothing original and just release everything in "HD" now a days.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@jellyman68 @jerusaelem  No it didn't. Hitman Ass was a terrible game. It told you what to do and controlled what you could do. You went from checkpoint to checkpoint in a closed environment doing what it said, no creativity - it was a third person shooter basically.


Nothing like Hitman and Hitman 2, the best games in the franchise.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@jellyman68 @jerusaelem  You should have played Blood Money on a console then, it's one of the best video games I ever played.  I played it on the original Xbox and on the 360, the game was like butter.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@CrashOV Oops, I didn't know that was the actual game. I thought it was concept art. I just checked a Youtube video.