Hitman getting a turn-based strategy game, for real

Square Enix Montreal working on Hitman Go for tablets and smartphones; game promises to retain the "essence" of the popular action series.

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The Hitman franchise is expanding into a new genre. Square Enix Montreal today announced Hitman Go, an all-new turn-based strategy game for tablets and smartphones.

Square Enix Montreal said it had "total creative freedom" to make a new Hitman game and this is what it decided to create. Hitman Go will retain the "essence" of the Hitman series, while also representing something new and different for fans of the franchise, the developer said.

Hitman Go will play out across "beautifully rendered diorama-style setpieces," Square Enix Montreal said. Players will strategically navigate through fixed spaces on a grid in their attempts to take down enemies or infiltrate well-protected locations.

"You really have to think about each move and all the Hitman tools of the trade you would expect are included: disguises, distractions, sniper rifles, and even 47’s iconic Silverballers," the developer said.

Hitman Go was developed by a "small core team" at Square Enix Montreal, which allowed the developers to quickly iterate on ideas, the studio said. The game is "almost ready for launch," but Square Enix Montreal didn't say when it will be released or if it will be a free-to-play or paid game.

More information about Hitman Go is expected in the coming weeks.

In addition to Hitman Go, Square Enix Montreal 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.

A Hitman movie called Agent 47 is also in the works with Homeland's Rupert Friend playing the lead role, replacing Paul Walker, who died in a car crash last year. Star Trek's Zachary Quinto and Betrayal and Shame actress Hannah Ware will also appear in the film.

Discussion

63 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

"total creative freedom"? To mess the game up, you mean? Oh, whatever, as long as it doesn't affect the *real* Hitman games, Square Enix can bastardize it however they want.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

"something new and different"

Putting a PC game on a tablet is not new in the least. And, while it is different, it most certainly ain't the good kind of different.


"for fans of the franchise"

Fans of the franchise wouldn't be caught dead with this cheap parody for mobiles.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Let me know when a hitman game is announced for consoles or PC.  

mr_nee
mr_nee

This should be a boardgame

SirFiddler
SirFiddler

I really like the hitman series and i am well intrigued. as long as it won't be too expensive or they ruin it with in app purchases, this could well work out as to bridge the gap to the next hitman on ps4

hassanfvckry
hassanfvckry

Honestly, I'm more interested in a next-gen Hitman game than something for a tablet. ||

playstationzone
playstationzone

look at it a lot crap for tablets and mobile make a new hitman game for next gen already.

GreenvaleXYZ
GreenvaleXYZ

Wow, look at the level design on display in that picture.  Hmm, I wonder where Agent 47 could hide...

hadlee73
hadlee73

Was interested until I saw it was for smartphones and tablets. Hopefully it might make it as a cheap-o title on the handheld consoles one day.

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

You're making a Hitman turn based strategy game but you can't do this with Final Fantasy?......*ragequit*

snakebite6x6x6
snakebite6x6x6

Well, providing that SE doesn't screw it up, a Hitman turn-based strategy could actually be quite a bit of fun...if done right.  


Seems like a natural fit, could focus on the perfect plan for the perfect execution... :)



...I feel the need to garrotte somebody for some strange reason... :S

reddevilofhell
reddevilofhell

Dont mess with the Hitman series ffs... u will ruin a lot of good memories.

WereCatf
WereCatf

I personally love turn-based strategies, they're generally wonderful games. Also, I've been asking for some fun, meaningful turn-based games to play on my phone and/or tablet for a long time now. Seems this game hits the jackpot.

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

You had my interest till I read smartphones and tablets.


Pass.

snake3rules
snake3rules

Am I the ony one who sees this as a potentially fun way to kill 5-10 minutes at a time, when im bored or in transit somewhere?

Graduk
Graduk

Hitman:Milk Money

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

nice,another clickbait article from Eddie Makuch.  Had I known it's a mobile game from reading the title I wouldn't have bother clicked on the article.

As for the game title Hitman Go. Go? /facepalm.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

For the love of Gaming, PLEASE just charge up front for the game.  X-COM: Agent 47 is a GREAT idea, and I even dig the concept pic above.   But F2P would utterly kill this idea.


Dungeon Keeper re-bortion, anyone?


[edit/add -- in agreement with a poster below, I hereby release any claim to any name resembling "X-COM: Agent 47."  Seriously, rename it something like that.  Just don't call it freakin' "GO", which has "casual" written all over it.]


arcanitejedi
arcanitejedi

For the love of god change that ridiculous name.Not every f***ing game on mobile should have a GO on the title

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I don't get Square Enix.......

they're so quick to take one of their own turn based strategy games and turn it into an action shooter game [Front Mission] yet they'll take a stealth game [which all versions can be action too] and turn it into a strategy game.......

if you fools wanted a strategy game.....IDK MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE FUCKED OVER FRONT MISSION!!!!

On the other hand the concept seems interesting but......I don't have a tablet.....

Fursnake
Fursnake

I enjoy some turn based games, but I don't think this is the franchise for turn based.

jkarp123
jkarp123

The only turn based strategy game I like is xcom.  Hitman is not meant for that.  What the shit squeenix?

Ashbfc
Ashbfc

You know i think this game could be good on console/PC but instead it's mobile.....so yeah and i just think angry birds go with that name but that's probably why they went with it.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I see turn based strategy, and I'm immediately not interested.

porcupeth123
porcupeth123

Squeenix just keeps shooting itself in the foot

catsimboy
catsimboy

I'm just surprised it's not a trading card game like that Tomb Raider one. Well I guess this is Squares m.o. now, making castrated mobile games of their franchises.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

sounds suspiciously like metal gear acid. looks like there might be a demographic mismatch though so i don't know who this game will appeal to. the real hitman fans likely don't game on tablets and won't have much interest in this. 

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

I'm intrigued. But. Hitman Go? What kind of name is that? Hitman sounds dark, violent and a little cool. Go sounds fun and fanciful.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Sl4cka They'd rather be killed by Hitman himself, than be caught playing this game :P.

normanislost
normanislost

@DarkSaber2k  why exactly? this doesn't sound to bad...well unless its a F2P mobile game


crap mobile......missed that never mind im out

normanislost
normanislost

@MJ12-Conspiracy  well its a turned based stealth game so i d on't see a problem with that


but 100% totally agree with you on front mission....i'd kill my nan with a spoon to get a proper front mission game

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@godfather830  Then don't buy them?  Obviously someone likes them or they wouldn't be made.  How does it harm you?

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@ExtremePhobia  true. maybe "hitman next" could work. or if all else fails, just take the easy way out and go with "hitman tactics" :D

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@normanislost Nah I hate them for what they've done to FF not this.  This actually could have potential.  FF on the other hand doesn't. 

godfather830
godfather830

@Sevenizz @godfather830 Because I feel like it's a decision made by some non-gamer executive in a suit thinking: "mobile huh? we need to get on that bandwagon. Make a Hitman mobile game!"


I don't actually think many will care for it.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

So wrong and dare I say, stupid thinking. If they can't make a good mobile game - what makes you think they'd make a good console/PC game?

Naturally, this game will end up being just another turn based Square game - but that's no reason to dismiss an entire platform of gaming...that's only gaining in popularity.