'Hitman: Absolution' trademarked by Square Enix

Japanese publisher's UK arm files European application to lock down rights for title--is it the name of Hitman 5?

Will Agent 47 find absolution in the new Hitman game?

Ever since Hitman: Blood Money was released in 2006, the popular stealth-action series has lain fallow. There have been rumors of a fifth installment in the series, with one report having Batman: Arkham Asylum maker Rocksteady Studios taking over development of the series from franchise creator IO Interactive. More recently, though, an apparent alternate reality game has been offering teaser images that point to an imminent reveal of a new Hitman title.

Today came another indicator that a new installment in the Hitman saga is in the works. Square Enix has filed a trademark application (spotted by Siliconera) for the term "Hitman: Absolution" with the trademark registry for the European Union. The filing was done through Square Enix's British arm, formerly known as Eidos Interactive before the publisher was bought and absorbed by the Japanese company in 2009.

The Hitman ARG has reportedly been teasing images of the new game.

The Hitman series follows the murderous exploits of Agent 47, a bald killer genetically engineered to be the perfect assassin. Hitman: Codename 47 (2000) told the tale of how the protagonist found work with the International Contract Agency (ICA) whacking high-profile criminals. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (2002) sees 47 pulled out of retirement after his priest friend is kidnapped by the Sicilian mafia. In Hitman: Contracts (2004), he revisits many missions from the original game, albeit in reverse. Hitman: Blood Money sees 47 bring silent death to locales ranging from mid-Mardi Gras New Orleans to the White House.

For more on the series, read GameSpot's full review of Hitman: Blood Money.

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235 comments
WKK
WKK

Finally!

phv86
phv86

@syafiqjabar FBI? they aint got no jurisdiction where i live. doesnt really matter anyways cuz i got nothing against asians other than i dont like theyr art style in games

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

@phv86 Don't you have anything better to do? So you don't like Japanese games. It's a good thing the Deus Ex Human Revolution is made by Canadians (and Hitman is made by Brits) and they are made in the Western style. End of discussion. By the way, if there are any Japanese people dead in your neighbourhood I hope Gamespot show your posts here to the FBI.

phv86
phv86

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phv86
phv86

@syafiqjabar yes

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

i wounder if it will be blood money game play style or silent assassin one both ways im geting it day one.

the_hunger
the_hunger

I would love to see another Hitman game. Silent Assassin and Blood Money are among my favorite games of all time.

phv86
phv86

@syafiqjabar i watched a video of the someone playing the demo somewhere or something i think cant remember now, i remember i didnt like it. the 3 first games you mention are all kiddie games to me, the last 2 i dont know much about

RICKKLOKZ
RICKKLOKZ

HITMAN!!!!!!!!! BLOOD MONEY WAS THE BEST PS2 GAME EVER POINT.

RICKKLOKZ
RICKKLOKZ

ESE!!!! BLAD PELON KILLER!!!! YES!!!!! 47 RISES AGAIN!!!!!!!

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

finally concrete info on hitman 5 :D

raynimrod
raynimrod

OMG!!! OMG OMG!!! I hope this isn't just some tease - I've been waiting for 5 years for another Hitman game. I loved all of them and I was playing through Blood Money again just last week; it's such an amazing game! Hitman deserves a lot more respect, and I can't wait to see what they're going to do with a current-gen 47 :D

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

They better not reduce the stealth as in Splinter Cell: Conviction !!!

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

HM: Blood Money, all your dead targets are attending your funeral in the title screen, and that beautiful music, wow :D and this is just the title screen, the fact that you can kill your target in numerous ways and to spend time to find that perfect silent assassin solution, wow, just wow. Kids these days can't handle so much thinking, their bellies are too much bigger than their brains.

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

@bluenosepunk The ending, yeah, good memories :D

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Loved Contracts and Blood Money, so can't wait to see what this next one will be like.

Andy9Beans
Andy9Beans

Hopefully SE will leave the development to people who understand western markets, else 47 will have a bird's nest hairdo, ridiculous pseudo-gothic outfits and an effeminate name like "Cloud". Oh, hang on... I've just realised I'm describing the typical emo kid... maybe I'M the one who doesn't understand! ;)

shanethewolf
shanethewolf

My favourite games of all time!! A new installment would be great news IF it sticks to the original formula. Fingers crossed!

Hm1911
Hm1911

I'm waiting for my favorite assassin

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

@phv86 Your insane troll logic does not work out of GameFAQs. Yes, I know people always go "this graphics sux trolololololo" but they don't usually mean it literally. There is nothing 'kiddie' or 'cartoony' at all about Deus Ex 3.In fact, it's pretty much your typical modern game graphics (heavy emphasis on gold, yellow and black, though). Or did you see some sort of cancelled cel-shaded Deus Ex that Eidos cancelled? Maybe you confused it with Mini-Ninjas, a game IO and Eidos made before Square Enix bought them? Or did you confuse the screenshots of Deus Ex 3 with those of Borderlands or XIII (and even those games aren't kiddie and are very violent)? Did you confuse concept art (again, none of them looks like cartoons at all) with screenshots? The game is called "Deus Ex Human Revolution" now; go to Youtube or Gametrailers and see the gameplay videos they had up for months already. As for Square Enix affecting the developers, the whole point is that they want to make games for the Western martkets. Why would they want those games be like Japanese games, whose market for them in Japan is shrinking? The fact that you used Deus Ex 3 as an example shows that you have no idea what you are talking about. By the way, these are all Square Enix games: Batman Arkham Asylum Just Cause 2 Kane and Lynch 2 Supreme Commander 2 Dungeon Siege 3 None of them look like kids games or cartoons. Not even Batman.

tannerislegend
tannerislegend

with my luck they will have applied for that trademark so they can make a line of vodka to rival Absolut

bluenosepunk
bluenosepunk

@moh_sakhaii my sentiments exactly.......I've been checking gamespot and other sites to see if I could get the goods on a new hitman for a few years now and I've come to realize it takes a certain kind of gamer to enjoy the mind blowing hair cinging challenge that is Hitman.I bet 80% of the people in this thread are die hard hitman fans.Pretty much all of my friends in real life and online don't care about hitman or don't like it at all.We all probably like Splinter cell,Assassins creed,Theif and the theives guild in Oblivion was pretty rad aswell.....I even try to play those games as though they were Hitman but they all fall short.There's just something about hitman that we and we alone love.I am happy too see our little crowd of hit fans growing but it won't reach the heights of the major players and quite frankly I don't want it to.When a game gets massive attention it usually gets watered down in some capacity.On an unrelated topic to all the fans and without spoiling anything for the new peeps the end of Bloodmoney if played correctly(THE TRIGERS)to this day makes the hairs on my arms stand on end.Oh Diana you sneek.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Great news, more games to look forward to

kingship
kingship

I am really looking forward to this. Hitman: Blood Money didn't get near the respect I think it deserved, especially for a launch-window title. I loved booby trapping stuff and just sitting back and watching the carnage unfold.

Rovelius
Rovelius

That would be pretty cool. Hitman is a nice series, I absolutely loved Blood Money

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Nice, I just flipped my chair... -.0

Dead3ye-
Dead3ye-

YES!!! YES!!! OH GOD YES!!!

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

What's with the number of comments, why is it so low? Now if it was a COD announcement there were numerous people complaining why COD sells so much but when they have to actually support another game, they are nowhere to be found :D bunch of kiddies and trolls on this site, it's so sad :(

AudioPrison
AudioPrison

This better come out now thats its got me all excited!! :D

phv86
phv86

@Crossel777 I have seen Deus Ex 3 and yea it have affected it alot, it does have cartoony shi..y kids graphic

ruarz
ruarz

always struck me how much like a generic pornstar agent 47 looked...

poovannaorcbane
poovannaorcbane

finally my prayers have been answered after 5 long years!!! blood money was great hope this is even better

ImTonyStark
ImTonyStark

Oh god....at last...I was waiting for the return of Agent 47 for so many years.. IO Interactive is going to reveal a game in E3 2011, I hope it's Hitman, & yes the game's name wasnot decided......I think it must be Hitman5

devrindare
devrindare

Wow, if Rocksteady studios is going to make this game. Then I expect a superb game in its original sense like they make a great game Batman Arkham asylum

FFCloudStrife1
FFCloudStrife1

Damn it's been a long wait but we can finally continue 47's story. All of the previous instalments were amazing, but particularly Blood Money. I can't wait.

stlouiscardinal
stlouiscardinal

Sweet! I can't wait. I love all the hitman games. A PS3 title is definately needed now with all the FPS games hogging the spotlight. arrrgh

macabre190788
macabre190788

Really been waiting for this one, Blood Money was fantastic.

charlesbtoumieh
charlesbtoumieh

4 years i've been looking .... hoping .... for a hitman 5 ... every other day i think about it, and on april 23rd .... gamespot ended the longest search in my life.

d100la
d100la

ABOUT TIME!!! Jeez, they should not make fans wait this long... ever