Square Enix Montreal's next-gen Hitman title has been cancelled, it's been confirmed.
This hurts me.
This is actually good news imo, because the last game was terrible. It was so boring, and is the only Hitman game that I physically couldn't complete. Unless they were going to change everything, it needed to be cancelled.
Though I will agree that Absolution was not the same as previous Hitman games, I don't think anyone should be glad that the game was cancelled since it had zero details to what it was going to have. Maybe it was going back to being more sandbox and less linear, we don't know that or anything and we might never know. The problem here is that we might not be seeing another Hitman for many years since the last gap was 6 years.
If it was already in development, it means it was going to use the same ideas as Absolution. A cancellation suggests that they are going to start over and look at what they did wrong. Hitman as a franchise is great, but they really need to go back to the drawing board and figure out what made it good. The last one was style over substance imo, so I'm glad a sequel to it is cancelled. They can focus on other things for now, and go back to it when they've learned from their mistakes.
Hitman was already piled into the mass grave that is the stealth genre. Next to the 3D platformer mass grave and the recently exhumed Horror genre mass grave.
It sucks for fans of the franchise, but it's time for something new. If I were a developer, I can't imagine working on the same franchise for 10+ years. But some developers love that, so make a smaller team, and let them continue making the game, with a smaller budget bringing it back to its roots. While moving the majority of the team on to a new franchise. Win-Win for everyone.
Lol, all hitman games are awesome bro.
Cancelling it only means there's no chance of redemption.
Good news folks, Square Enix Europe has just confirmed that the next generation of Hitman games have not been cancelled. Here is the link to the story http://n4g.com/news/1430438...
Ditto. I really enjoyed absolution even though it wasn't a patch on the originals. In fairness, the same thing happened at the beginning of last gen they either put on hold or flat out cancelled the hitman game that they were working on. I'm pretty sure we will see a console and PC hitman game in 5 years or so...
Tried sooo hard to like absolution but couldn't. Would not buy another.
It's an ok game, I finished it didn't bother to platinum it thought, but it still worth a play through
I played the sniper challenge more than the actual game....
Hitman:Absolution was a great game, I actually finished it, I started playing it along with the Last of us (which i purchased with the 12 deals of x-mas promotion) and got hooked and played it until I beat it. The "sniper challenge" you get for pre-ordering was a great bonus! wish more games did that, rather than giving you some weapons or stuff that doesn't add much to the gaming experience. The story was mature, playing mechanics really good, well designed, music great and overall GREAT production values. Unlike other games it never felt silly or like a game for kids, as an adult I really enjoyed Absolution. I guess this is what happens when devs try to please their original customers and at the same time make the franchise evolution to keep it up to date and alive...ironic, but I guess a franchise has always high expectations, not only from gamers but publishers as well...any other game would be catalogued as a success with the great sales Aboslution achieved but for a established franchise applies other rules I guess... For me it was the best games of 2012 together with Journey, as a whole package, Hitman: Absolution was very even in all departments.
I agree. i would like to see an absolution game with the level design and creativeness of blood money.
Agreed. I liked it a lot... the only issue was the confined feeling of all the levels, paired with the lack of "random fun" you could have in previous titles. - The birthday party/pool party map in Blood Money - The airport level in Hitman 2 - The Chinese assassination in Hitman 1 They need to dig up these old, open levels that people would play over and over again and figure out WHY. Layering that on top of Absolution with some other enhancements would be awesome. Or... cancel it in preparation for a multiplayer version, large maps and competitive assassinations!
hitman absolution had excellent voice acting detailed maps good replayability that is why i platinumed it.. I hope square enix wakes up and makes another for next gen
OH NO!!! I love the Hitman series... hopefully it is just delayed, to become a better game.
Hitman 6 next-gen title has not been cancelled. Square Enix Europe just confirmed the news here. http://n4g.com/news/1430438...
Good, the last game was AWFUL, it had nothing I loved about the first four games (I only played Absolution because David Bateson returned for the voice acting) Hitman Absolution is a prime example of how good games can go bad if you screw around with the formula that made the games good in the first place, just to appeal to the casual market, hence why they're moving to mobile gaming "The studio is now developing an "unannounced Hitman game" for Android and iOS, Pressacco states" Resident Evil is another good example
You echo my thoughts perfectly. What the hell were they thinking? I mean were they trying to make the game more kid or idiot friendly? If thats the case I was very happy as a kid with the original hitman and hitman 2. lol.. I dont even understand how they could have messed that game up that bad. Its not difficult to follow the same formula that made the game a success. Nothing wrong with trying new things but dont throw all the good things out the window if the game is already a success. I used to love walking through an environment and trying to plot and figure out a good way... theres just NONE of that in this one... you have to crouch behind objects all game long making sure no one sees you.. its so stupid. The entire point of stealing someones clothes was to gain access to somewhere else and blend in with that group... now you have to hide from that group at all times. Pisses me off so much that they could do that to such a unique game .... its just theres no alternative to hitman so its not like we can go elsewhere. That being said... they were right to cancel it. No one is going to buy the next one. They shot themselves in the foot with the last one... dumbasses
Just get the HD collection if you haven't already buddy, I had FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR more fun playing through the older games compared to the atrocious abomination that was Absolution
That is the big problem in gaming at the moment. Most Dev's/publishers want to hit that massive casual market. no matter how hard they try this always seems to end up with the following results. Casual market = make the game idiot proof / or noob friendly without reason for them to need to actually get good at the game. so many are going down this rout it's sad.
yeah when i saw my nephew play it and it was running around taking out people then go hide. Rinse repeat... it was painful to watch. This is not Hitman,
Memots you what? i could do the same in hitman two if i wanted start the map with machine gun kill every single person breathing or kill some and hide i don't get this crying over absolution it was a good game even compared to previous ones
why would I buy the "HD collection" The hd collection is nothing more then the pc version.. which I own the pc versions of every game. Upping the resolution and asking for more money is not my idea of HD Oh and @chris558... In absolution you cant select all your weapons and items before the map and plan your attack like in old hitman games.. saying you can shoot everyone up doesn't mean its the same game... That's one path. That's the whole point your missing. You had choices in previous hit man games.. now the game is practically gears of war meets splinter cell... We have games called splinter cell... if you wanted to make another splinter cell stop cashing in on the name of the franchise HITMAN. Hitman used to be about plotting and being devious. Now its about blowing everyone away like your playing grand theft auto... Or sneaking like your playing splinter cell... Theres no real world environment feel anymore... no more thinking... its just shoot and cover. Keep telling yourself it was a good game. It wasn't. Graphically it was good, but gameplay wise they tried to be something that it was not. If your going to be splinter cell or gears of war.. don't half way it. If your going to be hitman don't half way it. The franchise is ruined. PLus theres so much more replayability when you are able to complete the mission different ways... Understanding what is going on in the environment... who can help you.. who can hurt you... Its interesting to make yourself the chef preparing the meal... and then poison it and send it out to your target. Walking into the restaurant and blowing everyone away is what you do when your bored and don't feel like playing anymore. lol... much like grand theft auto. Interesting to make it past security and make the death look like an accident for a higher score.
A real shame actually as Absolution had all the ingredients to be a great game with a bit of fine tuning. Let's hope IO Interactive and Square don't give up entirely. I guess at this juncture, it's all about the money for Square Enix given its recent successes and failures.
Sells 3.6m copies, deemed a failure. Thats how chronic the attitude of the larger studios has become lately. 'We estimate 4 millions sales, we got 3.9. It's a FAILURE, cancel future installments!' Only reason we are getting a current gen re-release of Tomb Raider is most of the hard work has already been done, they just need to polish them textures.
IMO it was a disappointing sequel to Blood Money. Linear as heck, broken disguise system, shoddy spotting system, not a very memorable and kinda blah story but it did look good. Thats bout it.
Look at 90% of the reviews on steam. They are all in agreement with you. As am I. I actually went back and replayed blood money during the chirstmas break.. just because of this lol...
That kinda sucks but at least absolution could be considered an ending to the series if you ignore the cliffhanger.
There was nothing wrong with Absolution and it definetly weren't 'awful'. Yes the game on easy and normal was to easy with the whole seeig through walls and guards forgetting about after a while but on professional it was a true hitman game. It still offered multiple ways to play, still maintained the option of stealth or run and gun and still was overall a really good game, with a few tweaks it could of been amazing.
It was missing the core of Hitman The level design,it was linear and this excluded creativity Most of the time, you had only 1 way to do something basically, Absolution was just a scripted "stealth" game
I think people are losing sight of what the previous games were like. Not counting "pull out guns and power through level" there was often one, maybe 2 ways of killing someone. Its easy to say that absolution sucks when you have fond memories that negate how clunky the old games were. "I remember you could kill people with explosives, dropping stuff on them, hiding in corners and waiting, sniping, poisoning, electrifying, heck, i remember a level even gave us the choice of entering through the front door or the back door, it was truly freedom, not this absolution stuff where all of that is still there, but there's a story stitching it together."
If you think nothing is wrong with absolution, you weren't a fan of hitman to begin with. This isn't what hitman is. How do you have 4 previous titles with similar mechanics all be great, then decide to change the game. You know why? Because SQUARE ENIX bought IO interactive.. and the rights to hitman.. and decided to cash in on the name.. not make another hitman game.
Guys read carefully. It says Montreal's Hitman was cancelled (which could be a reboot). IO's not. We should expect a new Hitman in the future from IO as usual. I am glad that Hitman will stay with IO. I don't want to see a "different" take on Hitman. I just want IO to look at their whole series and this time just take what has worked and leave out what didn't. Me? I will be just happy with Jesper Kyd on board!
AAAAAaaaaarrrrgggghhhhhh I'm a big fan of Hitman and it hurts me to hear that the next title was cancelled.. Fvck SE
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People aren't reading at all. Doesn't surprise me. The Hitman IP was created by IO interactive, and alternatively developed between Them and Square Enix Montreal. After Absolution shipped in 2012 from IO, SE Montreal was knee deep in a next gen reboot which (as the article states) has been cancelled as Square Enix decided to refocus the Montreal Studio's resources on the mobile platform while leaving IO interactive with sole creative custody of the franchise they created. So sure SE Montreal's next gen Debut of Hitman was canceled... IO has more than likely taken over the project and is toiling away on the new game or another Hitman game for PS4/XBO entirely. The Ip isn't dead, just one game a former developer of the franchise
I thought IO interactive doesn't exist anymore. I thought square bought them out. I did not see any IO interactive logo pop up in the beginning of absolution like every other previous hitman game had
I want Kane & Lynch 3, dammit!
Absolution is the first game that burned me. I believed the devs when they said they would preserve the original experience
Hitman absolution was a good game, its only problem it was to story driven, if they brought that gameplay back in a big environment and be able to choose your tools for the job you could have something special here :-D
They made it go into a cut scene where he tries to strangled someone 5x his body mass..... Why would a pro Assasin do that ?? And the antagonist is a dodgy Texan :/ Hated it from start to finish. Bad voice acting, bad gameplay, bad story and poorly optimized.
I love reading the comments here. So either Absolution was terrible or it was really good, depending on whose comment you're reading. I especially love when people make it a point to note that they love the series prior and that's why Absolution sucked. Well, guess what? I've loved the series since Hitman 2 and I thought Absolution was fantastic. Opinions. That said, this doesn't mean that the next Hitman is cancelled. Per the article, IO is still working on one. Not sure what this cancelled game was supposed to be.
I guess you and I are the only ones that think that? I've also been playing since Part 2 and I LOVED Absolution. Sure, there could've been some things that need to change for the better, but for their first start into current gen and into the next I thought it was better than their first Hitman game that's for sure. Also, I guess we're also the only ones that actually read the article and realized that there is still a next gen Hitman game coming from IO and that Montreal's game was cancelled only. Haha, people cannot read to save their lives sometimes man.
I'm sure there are plenty of people that liked it. They just don't talk about it on forums.
I hope you guys do know that IO and Montreal are two different studios and there is still going to be an official IO next-gen release of the game, right? This announcement is specifically talking about the Montreal based release of the game that they were working on exclusively, not HItman as a franchise altogether. Apparently, Montreal was working on a game at the same time as IO and they were going to release staggered from one another each year like Assassin's Creed or a sports title. Now, they are only focusing on IO's version while Montreal has been relegated to making Mobile releases of Hitman instead of console based versions. So I don't know why people are all with the "I'm glad they aren't making a sequel" and "Absolution is terrible it doesn't need a sequel" and "3.6m units sold and it's not getting a sequel" comments because it still very much is getting a sequel, am I the only one that realizes this?
Absolution left plenty of room for improvement such a shame.
IO Interactive and Montreal aren't the same company friend. The Hitman official sequel to Absolution for next gen is still coming, just not from Montreal.
Well if that´s the case i hope that doesnt get canned as well.
and a this is a clear message to all dev's , if you leave the core audience , good luck getting a sequel. the rule : "if it aint broke , dont fix it " and blood money was awesome
lol they announce its cancelation? where the hell has it been? i never even seen a rumor for it.
I found Absolution to be a decent game. It has nothing on Blood Money but overall, it was decent
I LOVED Absolution and was ready for another title... As first post says, "this hurts me". Had great times with that game. Argh...
IO is still making their next Hitman game. This was a separate title.
As long as Hitman stays, I am happy.
Absolution was shit I would rather them wait a few years an try something new
Hitman needs to make the jump to open world,its just that simple. sit back for a minute and think of hitman open world? not a bad idea right,one can dream.
Way to go Square Enix... I knew this was gonna end badly when they put ALL the pressure on games that would only sell in a western market.
Why aren't any of you reading? Montreal is ONE studio not making a game based on next gen. IO Interactive is the main developer that is making another next gen game as well. ONE game got canceled, not the entire franchise! Hitman sequel WILL happen!
wow this is one of my favorite games.
Well thats just great >_> so next Hitman game will be later not sooner...
"iOS & Android Hitman in development at the studio instead." *shakes head* T_T
well that kinda sucks, but then again they changed so much of what made the game great that i'm not really that surprised or let down
Not surprised, the last one was soooo bad. How did they make such a trashy sequel ? How !!
Oddly enough many people enjoyed Absolution and also, IO, the makers of Absolution and all other Hitman games, are still making their Next Gen Hitman game. The thing is, you don't have to buy the next one. I will though.
awww did I offend you ? sorry bro.
Just because I offered a correction for your short-sighted comment doesn't mean you offended me. It just means I had time to kill and decided to provide you some insight and correct your obviously misinformed opinion on the matter. You are entitled to dislike the game, by all means. But your comment implies that you didn't read the article and simply posted your knee-jerk reaction based on your thoughts on the game. Bro.