Square Enix shows off artwork for next entry in series created live at Montreal International Game Summit this month.
Hitman: Absolution may have only released last week, but Square Enix is already preparing for the next entry in the series. Concept art for the next game in the stealth-killing franchise has been released (via Schaffi Games) by Square Enix art director Rasmus Poulsen and senior concept artist Leonid Enin.
The concept art comes from the Montreal International Game Summit held earlier this month, where it was created live at the show. The shots focus on a character (at right) who does not appear to be Agent 47, the protagonist of past entries in the series.
It was revealed last week that IO Interactive would not develop the next entry in the Hitman series, but rather Square Enix Montreal. Hitman: Absolution director Tore Blystad said, "It's like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward. You have an IP that has been developed. They will feed off each other, as well as some things that stand out. I think with these big franchises, it takes a long time to develop just one game. If you can, work a little bit in parallel at least, and help each other out."
For more on the latest Hitman game, check out GameSpot's review of Hitman: Absolution.
My apologies for the bad lay-out of my previous message, as I said I almost never post anything unless it is such an emergency!
It is so sad these days to see where they are going or went with many great series, it seems like they don't know what they are doing anymore. (Splinter Cell, Devil May Cry etc.) I seriously hope and wish so badly that this stays a concept! Agent 47 is the true and only one hitman of these series! The games are build around him! It is not only about making hits, completing contracts, it is about doing this with agent 47. If they want something else at least create a new IP then.
I hope it is his archenemy or something, we will only know when they make it public. Until now it is all still speculation.
I normally never comment on news or something at all, but for this tragic and horrible concept art I did come to comment. I really felt I needed to!
It is of course concept art and there is no telling what will happen in the future.
Change does not have to be bad, but it can be, especially when you try to make something like this. (Or what they are maybe planning on making).
I am just concerned about my favorite series and try to show/convince other people of the points in my opinion. (I hope a lot of people agree with me :-) )
Well with art like this there's no question of who to keep an eye on when a VIOLENT hitman job goes down...WHAT IN THE WORLD YOU MUTILATING FREAKS??
It's about time we see a different looking Hitman. I was getting tired of looking at the same ol' balled head. Sorry. But his appearance was getting to repetitive, redudant, and tiring. He looks too plain and general. I like protagonists or anti-hero that has a more of a unique look. It seems like they're bringing that with this dude. Can't wait to see more!
I'm surprised when developers try and go a new way with a series/franchise and get criticized by "fans" but when they regurgitate the same content over and over, they get criticized for not trying to move the series forward. Lose/Lose situation out here. And if anyone is really mad that Hitman won't be the same without Agent 47, I have two words for you. "Timothy Olyphant." Technically a name, but still.
There is only one word to describe that concept art: DISGUSTING! What the hell is Square Ex doing to the series? Hitman is about stealth and not about bringing in a gun and act like some heroic Rambo. After ruining the FF now this company is setting on bringing down this great series?
@solid_snake1461 actually, there are many words one could use to describe above artwork.Stylish!
@solid_snake1461 unless they are going with a new agent that is not agent 47
First of all,it doesn't look like hitman but it looks more like Maxpayne.Secondly,Who is that old fart?Third, why are the textures horrible?
@gamefreak215jd You are seeing textures?
@gamefreak215jd OMG lol textures!!! This is concept art, do you even know what that means? Apparently not. It is not from the game, it just image that designer did on paper/photoshop!
Seems like the concept art is the exact opposite of what people would expect. That's not 47, and he's not being very sneaky. A bad sign if this is where they're taking the series. If it gets any further away than Absolution, it just wouldn't be Hitman anymore. That's kinda the biggest complaint of Absolution, it made some good changes, but took too much out, and got too crazy with the story.
@crunchb3rry I think it is the same thing as it is happening with Brothers in Arms. However, it seams like Gearbox is listening to the fans and will just stick to Furious Four and drop BIA prefix :)
AWESOME PICTURE. However it doesn't scream "hitman" to me. I'm all for taking it in a new direction, but dont make it something it shouldnt be. 47 is the bomb though, hope they do good...
Love that picture. I can just imagine it being the stealth take down option when it comes to SE. No doubt each time you kill a target there will be a cinematic of the target dying in some spectacular fashion.
First Deus Ex had wrist blades and a strange yellow filter now Hitman wants to be the Matrix or something, Command and Conquer removes base building. Well I'm just glad no one is taking my older games away from me :)
if you want "ultra" graphics in this game, on any gaming port - just increase the contrast level. and, you don't have to spent ~1500eur on a PC, like me.
@BalkanBoyo That was the most retarded statement I've read on Gamespot today, and today has been a very busy day.
and yes, i gave away around 1.500eur, in hope that i will be able to play new generation of AAA games with all eye candy graphics... but no, i was wrong, today's graphics potential is limited by F#@&!G consoles.
@billlabowski there is no (noticeably) more details, better shadets, more particles, tessellation, higher res textures, and etc, on PC "ultra" settings vs consoles.
@billlabowski i know, my comment is stupid or retarded, but it's true. and my English is not perfect, but i know what i mean - if you look at the video, you will see that the only difference between those "different" consoles and various settings on the PC is ONLY THE CONTRAST.
Calm down everyone about Hitman falling apart and starts to be like CoD. They clearly said earlier this month that their next Hitman will be on the next gen console and that even Absolution could've waited until the nex gen.
"It's like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward. You have an IP that has been developed...."
That didn't work out for COD creators IW at all. IO, you better be careful.
This is just a concept for the upcoming "Hair DLC" that enables the main character's head to have natural hair.
I hear it's going to be a bargain at about $29.99
I'm certainly not going to lose my sh*t over a piece of concept art, but this does fit with a disturbing pattern with the way marketing and production have been completely misinterpreting or misrepresenting what make the Hitman series enjoyable and unique.
I look forward to seeing more about the game, despite its flaws (and all Hitman games have been flawed) Absolution was pretty damn good, even if it did broaden the definition of what one does and can do in a Hitman game.
I really hope they don't turn this into some bullshit annual series. They alienated a fair few Hitman fans with Absolution (me not being one of them as I loved the game). Dont get rid of the ones you have left!
Can't really imagine Hitman without 47.
Weird concept looks weird btw, more like that douchebag sniper from Borderlands.
Is this some kind of joke? Absolution is great, different, but great. Really hope this "concept art" stays only in the concept.
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