Strangely, the latest Hitman game was inspired by Rich Kids of Instagram

Square Enix says one of the the inspiration's for Hitman Go was the popular tumblr page.

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In a new interview with Gamasutra, Square Enix Montreal developer Dan Lutz reveals that the recently released mobile game, Hitman Go, had three major inspirations. Two you might expect (architectural models and dioramas), but the third seems to come out of left field.

Lutz tells Gamasutra that Square Enix was also inspired by the Rich Kids of Instagram tumblr for Hitman Go. Rich Kids of Instagram is a collection of images of young adults flying on private jets while eating KFC and posing with their super-cars, among other things you and I cannot afford to do.

"It's kids with a lot of money taking pictures of their everyday lives, and there you see these hugely spaced-out mansions and giant yachts and there's just kind of a lot of empty space," Lutz said. "Hitman Go is kind of modeled after that."

Hitman Go launched earlier this month on iTunes, and you can download the game today for $5. It's coming to Android later. The game features rendered diorama-style set pieces on a grid. Players can 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.

If mobile games aren't your thing, Square Enix is also working on a AAA Hitman game for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that has sandbox levels and no checkpoints.

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Discussion

15 comments
isshiah
isshiah

That tumblr page makes me want to stealthily harm rich douches, just like agent 47.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

I was expecting an explanation for why Absolution barely felt like a Hitman game. What's with devs and "reinventing" things that were already perfected. It's like they don't even want our money.

grenadehh
grenadehh

I like that little last line in there promising us that the next Hitman won't be a steaming pile of miserable shit. That's funny.

prats93
prats93

OMG, a good mobile game.

snake3rules
snake3rules

also, i would love an ETA on the next real hitman game!

snake3rules
snake3rules

yeah the art style is pretty darn nice on this game, im gonna buy it, and hopefully it will be a fun diversion every now and then when I need to kill a few minutes.

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

It's a super cool looking game it shows that Square Enix has got some real creative staff working on games

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

Probably they felt like it would be funny to see Agent47 stepping out from behind a curtain when a rich kid takes a selfie in his/her huge-ass luxurious bedroom. And in a way, it is funny to imagine it.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

... lol. #sorrynotsorry

On the real its my goal haha

Lach0121
Lach0121

@grenadehh  Absolution was an ok game, but it was quite lackluster as a Hitman game.